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The Jean Heap Bursary

The 2018 Jean Heap Research Bursary was awarded to Amir Nezamdoost for his project, Proposing a New Manual Blind Control Algorithm for Annual Daylight Analysis.

Entry for the 2019 bursary will open at LuxLive on 15 November 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 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 have any questions about applying for the bursary, please email

Daria Casciani was awarded the 2017 bursary for her project, Social Effects of Light: Designing, Experimenting and Reflecting on the Influence of Lighting Design on Sociality. Daria is a lighting specialist and research fellow at Laboratorio Luce (Politecnico di Milano Design Department).

See Daria's video proposal below:

Timeline for research

  • Dealine for applying - 30 March 2018
  • 2018 Recipient announce at the SLL AGM on 24 May 2018
  • Applicant to present six month progress review in November 2018
  • Results of research to be presented at the Society’s AGM in May 2019

The 2015 Jean Heap Research Bursary has been awared to Feride ┼×ener 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 ┼×ener Yilmaz delivering her final research report at SLL AGM & Awards Ceremony

You can read Feride's final research report online

If you would like to register your interest in applying for the 2018 bursary, please email