The Bob Savage Memorial Fund

The Bob Savage Memorial Fund

The Bob Savage Memorial Fund assists Palaeontology Msc and PhD students at the University of Bristol, especially to cover the costs of fieldwork.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to apply, you must be studying on one of the following courses at the University of Bristol:

What is it?

  • Each year two annual competitions are held for MSc and PhD Palaeontology students.
  • The winners receive funding of up to £200 towards the costs of fieldwork. Museum visits and other activities relating directly to research are also considered.
  • The fund does not cover costs of conference attendance.

You can find a list of current and former award winners here.

How do I apply?

Please produce a single PDF containing the following:

  1. An outline research plan for which funding is sought (one side of A4 in font size 12).
  2. Summarized costs, and the funds requested. The upper limit for an award is £200.
  3. Details of other applications made. Preference is given to applicants who have tried other sources before. State clearly which previous applications were successful, which were rejected, and which are still pending.
  4. Your CV.

Send your application to Professor Michael Benton at mike.benton@bristol.ac.uk.

When is the deadline?

There are two closing dates each year:

  • 15 September
  • 15 March

Bob Savage

Robert J.G. ('Bob') Savage (1927-1998) established a small fund in 1992 to assist graduate students in palaeontology at the University of Bristol, especially to cover the costs of fieldwork.

He later donated his library to the Fund, and sales of his books and papers after his death increased its value and scope.

We have annual sales of books, papers, and other donated items to continue the growth of the fund. In 2008, the Callicarpa Trust made a substantial donation.

Make a donation

Donations may be made to increase the effectiveness of the Bob Savage Memorial Fund. Please send cash or cheques (payable to 'University of Bristol') to:

School Administrator
School of Earth Sciences
University of Bristol
Wills Memorial Building
Queens Road
Bristol, BS8 1RJ