Dipterists Forum Bursaries for 2022

Spring workshop 2020 at FSC Preston Montford
Spring workshop 2020 at FSC Preston Montford

The Dipterists Forum holds an annual weekend course at the Preston Montford field studies centre near Shrewsbury. These courses cover selected families of flies in detail, and the 2022 course will be about the craneflies of Britain (Diptera, Tipuloidea). It will run from Friday, 11th February to Sunday 13th February. The course tutors are Pete Boardman and John Kramer, both acknowledged experts in the study of craneflies.

The Forum also has annual residential Summer field meetings lasting for one week. These take place at various venues around the country, and the 2022 meeting is expected to be based in Norwich from the 2nd to the 9th of July. Attendees spend their days in the field collecting and observing flies, and evenings in a laboratory where they can identify their catches alongside other dipterists. Beginners are made very welcome and can gain valuable knowledge from more experienced members.

We offer a small number of bursaries for each of these events, awarded on a competitive basis. Bursaries for the Preston Montford course cover half the total cost of the course, including full-board accommodation for the two nights. At the Summer field meeting, accommodation is on a bed-and-breakfast basis on the campus of the University of East Anglia. The bursaries here will again cover half the total cost of the week plus £50 towards the cost of evening meals. If you would like to apply for a bursary for either (or both) of these events please send your application by e-mail to me, Howard Bentley, jhowardbentley@gmail.com.

Your application should say what you hope to gain from attending, how you would expect to contribute to the Forum’s aims of the study, recording and conservation of Diptera, and why you would benefit from financial assistance. If you are currently involved in a research programme please include brief details. We will be looking for evidence of enthusiasm and interest in flies. Preference may be given to those who have not received a bursary previously, but applications from previous recipients are welcome. Applications should not exceed 300 words. Successful applicants will be expected to write a short account of their experience for publication in the Forum’s Bulletin.

Applicants must be members of the Dipterists Forum at the time of their application. The closing dates for applications are Friday, 26th November 2021 for the Preston Montford course and Friday, 25th March 2022 for the Summer field meeting.