We expect to make a call for proposals in Autumn 2012.
BUFI will look most favourably at those proposals that offer the most exciting science, clear indications of excellent BGS–university collaboration, a fit to our science strategy and cost effectiveness — and the BGS expects to be involved in the science.
We like to see a clear indication that the student will spend at least six weeks doing their research at BGS. This can be in our laboratories or undertaking fieldwork with their BGS supervisor. We are also dedicated to excellence in supervision and a well-thought out and logical programme of research is key indicator of this commitment.
BUFI is seeking to maximise peer review publications resulting from our collaboration and here proposals with a clearly marked publication pathway are viewed very positively. For more information see Funding routes.
Our BUFI funded students have access to the broad range of BGS facilities including in-house training.
The BGS keeps a wide range of geological information at the NGDC and maintain state-of-the art laboratories and IT infrastructure; our facilities include a wide range of isotopic and elemental analytical techniques at the NIGL.
Our students have the opportunity to undertake their research in an environment that is focused towards the business end of earth science. Our Keyworth, Edinburgh and Wallingford sites are the largest resources of professional earth scientists in the UK.
In addition, we sponsor and encourage our students to attend international conferences and training workshops. At least once a year, we sponsor a networking workshop where all BUFI students can meet each other. News of the next event will be announced in due course