BESA Conference 2017 /  Student Bursaries

The are two sets of student bursaries available to students who wish to receive funding to attend the BESA 2017 annual conference this year.

One set of bursaries comes from BESA itself (BESA Bursaries) and the other comes from the Center of Education and Policy Analysis (CEPA Bursaries), a research center based in Liverpool Hope University, the host institution for this year’s conference.

For more information about these bursaries please click on the two tabs below.

Any student who does not have access to funding from an employer is able to apply for a BESA bursary which funds attendance at the BESA Early Careers Conference and the following BESA Conference 28th – 30th June 2017. The bursary also includes BESA membership for the following year.

Bursaries will be given to students under the following criteria/conditions:

  • Students MUST present their work in the annual conference;
  • Students MUST attend the preconference event for the early career researchers;
  • The topic of the presentation MUST be relevant to the theme/themes of the conference under the following criteria:
  1. Clarity of abstract (clear aims and objectives of the paper)
  2. Use of relevant literature
  3. Clarity of ethical considerations
  4. Consistency of logic and argument
  5. Quality of conclusions and implications
  6. Contribution to the field of education studies
  • Students should meet the dead line for submission of abstracts. All submitted abstracts will be considered anonymously during the review process;
  • Students with bursaries should attend all conference sessions;
  • Students with bursaries should attend the AGM in the first day of the conference;
  • Bursary covers only the full conference fee (conference fee, membership, accommodation and dinner) and not travelling expenses;
  • Students will normally be given maximum of three bursaries for attendance to conference during their period of study but not in consecutive years.

Download the BESA Conference 2017 Student Bursary Offer (PDF, 107KB)

CEPA, the Centre for Education and Policy Analysis at Liverpool Hope university, are delighted to offer up to two conference bursaries which are being made available to postgraduate students who wish to present at the BESA conference this year on the 29th / 30th June.

Applicants must:

  1. Be a current or recent Master’s or doctoral student – having graduated no later than May 2016);
  2. Attend the BESA ECR day on the 28th of June;
  3. Submit an abstract of their conference presentation topic in a poster format no later than the 21st of April 2017 (this is the same date as the BESA abstract submission);
  4. Attend and present at the main conference on the 29th and 30th June.

The bursary would cover conference registration and two night’s accommodation, as well attendance at the conference dinner on Thursday evening. All additional costs (e.g. transport) would need to be covered by the student themselves.

Those interested in applying for a CEPA bursary should first register for the Early Career Researcher (ECR) Day, a free event which takes place on the 28th of June, the day before the conference begins. As well as registering for the ECR day they must submit an abstract of their proposed conference presentation topic in poster format. This will serve as both an entry for the funding competition as well as an abstract for the main conference. Submissions can be made by emailing your poster to

BESA do NOT require that presentations to include research findings, although these are welcome. Therefore, if your research does not have findings to report at present you can instead focus on the literature behind your project, the project as a whole, the methodology, etc, but do bear the conference sub-themes in mind.

The final deadline for submission of a poster is the 21st of April. On this date the CEPA team will evaluate all submissions and then select the two strongest to be submitted to the conference pending final approval by the BESA committee.

All posters not selected for a bursary will be printed out free of charge and displayed at the main conference. For this reason we would ask you to give some consideration to the visual impact of your poster as well as its content. Also, you are encouraged to include contact details on your poster to allow anyone attending the conference who has an interest in your research to get in touch.

Download the BESA ECR Sponsorship Offer (PDF, 107KB)