The Richard Hughes Travel Bursaries


The BPNS is delighted to announce the Richard Hughes bursaries in honour of Professor Richard Hughes, the first president of the BPNS. These comprise up to three travel bursaries a year, two to help fund a trainee to travel to the international Peripheral Nerve Society (PNS), up to £500 each, and one (up to £300) to attend the Spring meeting of the Association of British Neurologists (ABN). On occasion, discretionary awards may be made by the BPNS council.


These travel bursaries are aimed at adult or paediatric neurologists and neurophysiologists in training with a documented career interest in peripheral neuropathies. They are suitable for applicants at any stage in their junior doctor training or who are in a period of out-of-programme training doing research. They are not suitable for either medical students or those who have already taken up posts as a consultant or an equivalent post in academic medicine. Preference will be given to UK applicants who have previously attended a BPNS meeting. Each application must have a short supporting reference from a current full member of the BPNS.


Where possible, the bursaries will each year be awarded preferentially to applicants from 3 different institutions.


How to apply:


Applications should be made by forwarding this application form, fully completed, to: prior to February 1st in the year of the meeting to be attended, along with a copy of a brief CV (1-2 pages maximum). Only ONE abstract should be submitted per applicant whether or not you have submitted more than one abstract to the meeting. You will also need to provide one referee who must be a current full member of the BPNS.


To be eligible for the Richard Hughes Travel Bursaries the applicant must have the abstract accepted as an oral presentation or poster for the meeting – if this is not known at the time of applying this information will need to be supplied before the final outcome of the application.


Applications will close on February 1st of the year of the meeting being attended and successful applicants will be informed within one month. Payment will be made after the meeting. Travel/accommodation receipts, a certificate of attendance and a short written report will be required in order to claim the funding.


In return:


If your application is successful a short report (maximum one side of A4) must be sent within two months of the meeting to the BPNS secretariat and will be displayed on the BPNS website. Successful applicants for the PNS bursary will be invited to present a short (10-15 minutes) summary at the subsequent London BPNS meeting (unfortunately no additional funding for this is available)


Recipients of the bursaries (linked to their reports when available): 


PNS Meeting Summer 2018 - Menelaos Pipis - Stephen Keddie

Spring 2019 ABN - Aytakin Khalil

Spring 2020 ABN - Carolynne Doherty

ABN Belfast, Spring 2023 - Saif Haddad - Luke O'Donnell

PNS Copenhagen Summer 2023 - Chris Record - Caroline Kramarz