Early Career Grants
Offered: 2 each year
BASES Membership Category: Professional member
Closing Date: 1 February and 1 August (each year)
this grant: Click here to download the application form
Available: Within 8 weeks of the application closing date
Aim of award
BASES Early Career Practitioner
and Researcher Grants aim to assist early career practitioners and researchers
to develop their applied and research potential. Applicants must have obtained either BASES Accreditation or a PhD or Professional Doctorate within the last 5 years (whichever came first)..
Two grants up to a total of £2,000 each are available every year.
This award is intended to enable
practice and research where the resources, equipment and infrastructure exists
to support the intended activities. Therefore, applications for funds to
support time, rather than resources, equipment and infrastructure will be
considered more favourably. Applications should also make it clear that
all other elements are in place to enable successful completion of the intended
- The applicant must be a Professional Member of BASES.
- The applicant must be within 5 years of obtaining either BASES
accreditation, PhD or Professional Doctorate (whichever came first). BASES will consider making
adjustments on a needs basis for individuals who have taken a career break
within the first 5 years of their career; for example, for maternity leave or
leave due to illness.
- The applicant has read and will comply with the Terms and
Conditions of the BASES Early-Career Practitioner and Researcher Grants.
- The applicant must submit the BASES Early-Career Practitioner
and Researcher Grant application form and a two page CV. Only information
contained within the application form and the CV will be considered.
- Within four weeks of receiving the award letter, the recipients of a grant shall liaise with Dr Claire Hitchings (email@example.com) to discuss the submission of an article (1,500 words max) for consideration in The Sport and Exercise Scientist. The article shall comply with ‘Guidelines for Contributors to The Sport and Exercise Scientist’. The emphasis of the article should be on contributing to the continuing professional development of sport and exercise scientists by promoting evidence-based practice. The award winner must agree the focus and format of the article with Dr Claire Hitchings prior to writing the article.
Each application is assessed against the following criteria:
- The extent to which the grant with enable the applicant’s
personal career development;
- The projected impact of the proposed work and how the grant will
- The clarity of the applicant’s description of his/her career
ambitions and how the grant application matches and enables these;
- The applicant’s contribution to BASES.
- The applicant has not submitted a BASES Early-Career
Practitioner and Researcher Grant application within the past year.
- The applicant has not received a BASES Early-Career Practitioner
and Researcher Grant within the past 3 years.
- In making an application for a grant, the applicant agrees to
abide by each of the terms and conditions contained within this schedule, upon
and following any award of a grant.
- This schedule, together with the requirements set out in the
application guidelines and any subsequent grant offer letter, constitute the
agreement between BASES and the recipient.
- BASES Early-Career Practitioner and Researcher Grants may be
- Fees for courses/workshops, etc. specifically related to
development of skills and knowledge appropriate to the proposed work.
- Travel and other expenses, such as accommodation, associated
with their client group work or attending training courses, etc. This can be in
the UK or overseas.
- Purchase of equipment/consumables specifically for use in the
- BASES Early-Career Practitioner and Researcher Grants may not be used for:
- Paying for BASES Supervised Experience supervision.
- Membership of professional bodies, etc
- Costs to present any findings at a conference (i.e., for
conference travel, accommodation or registration costs).
- Support for work directly associated with credits for a
course/degree for which the applicant is already registered.
- The grant awarded shall not be used for any purpose other than
that stated in the grant offer letter.
- The decision is final in all cases and no correspondence will be
- Grants will not be awarded in the absence of submissions of
- The payment of a grant is subject, at all times, to BASES being
satisfied that all these conditions are being complied with.
- Successful grant applicants are expected to acknowledge fully,
in writing, the nature of the BASES support in any publications, presentations
or reports arising from the grant.
- Grant recipients are strongly encouraged to present the outcomes
of the funded work at the BASES Annual Conference
- Within 18 months of receiving the grant award letter, recipients
of a grant shall submit:
- A full financial report on how the funds, including receipts,
- An 800-word or 1,500 word article (focus and format to be agreed with Dr
Claire Hitchings FBASES) for consideration in The Sport and Exercise Scientist.
Recipients of a grant are advised to read the ‘Guidelines for Contributors to The Sport and Exercise Scientist’.
- If a full financial report and an 800-word or 1,500-word article for The Sport
and Exercise Scientist are not received within the specified time period,
the grant entitlements will be rescinded, and grant payments will have to
be refunded to BASES in full.