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Jean Heap Bursary Application Process

Application is open to all, and the successful applicant will be given up to £4000 funding.

Applicants are invited to submit a written paper, along with a short video to outline their research proposal. Following this, a panel will select the successful proposal. The panel will be looking for a specific piece of lighting study or research designed for the benefit of SLL members and industry.

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

To enter please complete the application form and enclose with the written paper and video.

The deadline to submit your application for the 2024 SLL Jean Heap Bursary is 17th May 2024.

Application Notes
The proposal should:

  • Be well structured with clearly stated objectives
  • Be well presented
  • Clearly state how the research would benefit the Industry
  • 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.

We recommend that alongside your full proposal, you include a short summary and an outline of how the funding will be used. You may also wish to include a schedule for your research.

Please ensure that the paper proposal is no longer than 2 sides of A4. This should be presented in either Word or pdf. format. The video presentation should include a piece to camera and be 3 – 5 minutes long. For insight on how to present your video presentation, view past winners’ videos

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 funds bursary (up to £4000 total) 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 to be submitted in November 2024
  • 4th payment; upon receipt of a 9-month progress report from the candidate, before final presentation at SLL AGM 2025

The deadline to submit your application for the 2024 SLL Jean Heap Bursary is 17th May 2024.

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