The SGM International Development Fund

Council aims to assist microbiologists in developing countries through the International Development Fund.

Awards are made by competition.


  • Support visits (travel and accommodation) by members of the SGM to laboratories in countries where microbiology is inadequately developed but where its further development may assist education or the economy of these countries.
  • The purpose of the visits must be to give short lecture courses and laboratory training in subjects designed to meet the needs of these countries.
  • Allow purchase of consumables, but not computers or large pieces of equipment, which are essential for the needs of such training courses.
  • Support national microbiological facilities, e.g. culture collections (which underpin microbiology), where these run into temporary difficulties.
  • Support any other small project to assist in technology transfer from developed countries to the areas mentioned above for which other sources of funding do not exist.
  • This might include provision of equipment to a nominated centre at which a member is working permanently, or payment for temporary local technical assistance for a one-off purpose.


  • Applications for sums between £1000 and £5000 will be considered first.
  • No applications above £7000 will be accepted.
  • Applicants must be members of the Society for at least one calendar year prior to the date of application.
  • In making applications for support for giving short lecture courses or laboratory training, detailed information must be provided about the relevance and quality of the training course and the degree of local support for the course.
  • Each application must be accompanied by full supporting documents.
  • A condition of funding (except for provision of publications) is that a brief report, suitable for Microbiology Today, be provided within 2 months of completion of the project.

    Deadline: 25th September

    For more information and application, visit: The SGM International Development Fund Website

  • Scholarship 2020/21

    Undergraduate Scholarships 2020/2021
    Masters Scholarships,
    PhD Scholarships,
    International Scholarships.