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The Jean Heap Bursary

The Society of Light and Lighting are delighted to announce that entry is now open for the 2017 Jean Heap Bursary applications, with up to £4000 funding available.

Click here for an application form

Timeline for applicants:
  • Deadline for entries - 30 April 2017
  • Successful applicant to be announced at the Society’s AGM on 25 May 2017
  • Applicant to present six month progress review in November 2017
  • Results of research to be presented at the Society’s AGM in May 2018

When reviewing the research proposals, the panel will be looking for the following:

  • Well structured with clearly stated objectives
  • Good presentation
  • Applicants will need to clearly state how the research would benefit the Industry
  • Applicants must include a clear outline of a coherent program for the work
  • There should be a clear purpose for the bursary funds, showing what can be achieved and demonstrating how the funds would add to the research
Payment, Reporting and Monitoring:

While the funding schedule may be adjusted in order that the successful candidate can use them in the way outlined in their proposal, the bursary (up to £4000 available - to be determined by the review panel) shall be paid in four instalments over the 12-month research period, based on a regular progress reports from the successful candidate, as follows:

  • 1st payment; upon announcement of the successful candidate
  • 2nd payment; upon receipt of a 3-month progress report from the candidate
  • 3rd payment; after the candidate has submitted a 6-month progress report in the form of a video blog
  • 4th payment; upon receipt of a 9-month progress report from the candidate, before final presentation at SLL AGM 2018

The Jean Heap Bursary was launched in 2014, in tribute to the commitment to lighting research and education which Jean demonstrated within the Society and throughout her career in the lighting industry.

The 2015 Jean Heap Research Bursary has been awared to Feride Şener Yilmaz for her proposal, Human Centric Sustainable Retail Lighting Design Approach: An Experimental Study. Feride recently delivered her final research report at the Society's AGM and Awards Ceremony at City Hall.

Feride Şener Yilmaz delivering her final research report at SLL AGM & Awards Ceremony

You can now read Feride's final research report online

Watch Feride's video proposal below;

The panel looks for a specific piece of lighting study or research designed for the benefit of the industry and SLL members. The call for applications is open to everyone with an interest in lighting.

Applicants are asked to outline their proposed research project, including the specific topic to be researched, the methodology, the timescale and the clearly stated aims and objectives of the research.  The successful proposal will also include an outline of why the applicant needs further funding and how the additional funds will be used in carrying out their research. 

If you would like to register your interest in applying for the 2017 bursary, please email