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Applications open for La Société’s bursary

Applications open for La Société’s bursary

Monday 12 April 2021

Applications open for La Société’s bursary

Monday 12 April 2021

La Société Guernesiaise is now accepting applications for its 2021 bursary.

The £1,000 bursary is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and aims to support students studying subjects related to biodiversity and conservation of the natural environment.

The current bursary is in its second year, and was made possible thanks to a generous donation from a Société member. This bursary replaces the previous Griff Caldwell bursary, which was established in memory of Major Frank Griffiths ‘Griff’ Caldwell, a past president of La Société.

Past winners have studied subjects including Environment and Media, Natural Sciences, and Environmental Sciences. Last year’s winner, Charlotte Burgoine, is in her final year at Sparsholt University, studying for a BSc in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Charlotte’s dissertation research concerns the impacts of hedge-cutting on biodiversity here in Guernsey.

“We are really pleased that we can support students who are undertaking valuable research on Guernsey’s natural environment," said Laura Bampton, Chair of La Société’s Scientific Committee.

Pictured: One of La Société’s aims is to encourage the study and conservation of Guernsey’ nature. In line with this aim, this bursary is accessible to anyone not pursing higher education, but is researching aspects of Guernsey’s wildlife and ecology. The Guernsey Biological Records Centre can offer office space, advice, and support to on-island researchers.

"This research ties in with several aims of Guernsey’s Strategy for Nature, and could have a real impact on management practices on-island.”

“An aspect of this bursary that we are keen to promote is that it is open to people who are not university students, but who wish to study Guernsey’s biodiversity. This marks a change compared to the previous bursary, and we would encourage any interested people to get in touch to discuss their proposals.”

The bursary application form and more information can be found HERE. La Société’s Scientific Committee would also welcome questions from any potential applicants – these should be emailed to

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