Society Awards

The Society supports its members through financial support to either research projects (Research Support Awards) or participation to conferences or other networking activities (Conference Support Awards).

Conferences Support Awards

Annual Deadline: 31st October

Application Form: Click here

Maximum award: £ 750 (GBP) to an individual applicant

This application is for those applying support from DSBSoc to participate in conference, workshop and other events related to deep-sea biology. 

These awards are designed to support society members who do not currently have permanent employment, through supporting participation in conferences, workshops, or other related networking events. Priority is given to students, post-docs, and those without current employment. Funds can be used for any costs (considered very broadly) to provide whatever applicants need to facilitate their  participation in a conference. This could include registration fees, travel costs, accommodation or childcare (including enabling full participation in online conferences).

Successful applicants should provide social media content highlighting their work with links and credit to the DSBSoc.

Research Support Awards

Annual Deadline: 30th April

Application Form: CLOSED (Opens November 1st)

Maximum award: £ 2000 (GBP) to an individual applicant

These awards are designed to support the professional development of deep-sea biology researchers who do not currently have permanent employment, through supporting research activities. This includes students, post-docs, and those without current employment. The scheme provides up to a maximum of £2000 to an individual researcher towards activities that can enhance career prospects. Funds can be spent on travel, lab consumables, research-related fees (such as for sequencing costs or access to specialist services or facilities), but does not provide salary support for the applicant. Supported activities include, but are not limited to, collaborative travel visits, training, oceanographic cruise participation and laboratory work. The bursaries are open to any members of the Society that are without permanent employment, or exceptionally members from countries that are historically excluded from deep sea research. 

We also accept spontaneous applications at any time for urgent funds to support participation in deep sea cruises. To apply for cruise support, please use the same form above, but you must also email the DSBS Awards Officer ( The form responses are not monitored outside of the normal annual deadline.

Application links

If you have any questions please contact the DSBS Awards Officer (

Note: Our “Outstanding PhD-thesis Paper” and “Outstanding Paper” awards are discontinued