Research Student Bursaries

Scheme Currently Closed - Applications to be invited in 2022

BELMAS has established a programme of bursaries to promote advanced study and research that contributes to the production of theoretical and professional knowledge and understanding about practice in the UK and internationally in relation to educational leadership, management and administration. The awards – of £1,000 per annum – are available for a maximum of two years.


Applications for BELMAS bursaries may be made by research students who:

  • are members of BELMAS;
  • are registered on a doctoral programme (e.g. PhD or EdD).
  • have commenced, or are about to commence, the thesis stage of their studies. and
  • are undertaking studies which are focused in the area of educational leadership, management and administration, including work on policy or governance which has clear implications for leadership and management in education.

Awards will be made on the basis that ethical approval will be confirmed by universities during the period of the award.

The Award

Bursaries will be for £1,000 per year for a maximum of two years, depending on the date of completion of the awardee’s programme of study.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be judged solely in terms of a proposal’s merit as a research study, i.e. its potential to make an original and significant contribution to knowledge, policy and/or practice in the field of educational leadership, management and administration. In judging applications, attention will be paid to:

  • The quality of aims and research questions
  • Demonstrated understanding of the body of existing knowledge on which the research builds
  • The design of the research and the methods proposed
  • The likely contribution to knowledge, policy and/or practice
  • The likelihood that the work will be completed in a timely manner

Expectations of Award Holders

Award holders would be required to:

  • acknowledge the financial support of BELMAS in their thesis.
  • submit to BELMAS a short report of research progress each year
  • submit a paper based on their thesis with a view to making this available to BELMAS members on the Society's website.

They may be nominated by their supervisor for the annual BELMAS Thesis Award. 


Applications should be sent by email to the BELMAS office. They should include:

1. A research proposal of not more than 2,000 words outlining the focus, aims, research questions, a summary of key literature, research design and expected contribution to knowledge. Applicants are asked to consider the dimensions of equality and access in their proposals if these are likely to have a bearing on the nature, scope and implementation of the work. References must be included in the word count.

2. A research progress statement indicating: the programme for which the applicant is registered and its location; details of the research supervisors; progress made in the programme/thesis; expected date of submission of the thesis; where appropriate, a list of conference papers and publications already produced; and evidence of ethical approval obtained from the University.

Referees: Two referees should be requested to send confidential references by email to the BELMAS office (address below). One of these references should be from the applicant’s current supervisor and should include a short summary of the quality and progress of the research work the student has carried out so far.


Any enquiries concerning this call should be made to the Belmas Office:

Tel: (0114) 212 9304

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