The BAVS committee have been working hard to implement financial support for those members adversely affected by COVID.
In the first stage (August 2020) 5 x £400 hardship bursaries targeted at those struggling to cover the cost of the most basic needs as a result of financial hardship were granted. The Committee has now made the decision to extend applications for hardship bursaries on a rolling basis. Applications may be submitted at any point from February 2021. The committee will continue to review this funding and will post any further updates here.
Hardship bursaries of up to £400 are for those those struggling to cover the cost of the most basic needs as a result of financial hardship (such as those on casual/temporary contracts who have not been eligible for government assistance and those who have had to significantly reduce their paid work due to childcare responsibilities). In the case of high demand, the overall amount of each bursary may be less than £400.
The scheme is open to Postgraduates, Early Career Researchers, members who are not in full-time permanent employment, and Independent scholars.
We know that this is only a drop in the ocean and there is much more to do. Therefore, as well as looking to raise funds elsewhere, we are asking for your help. A gift of £5, £10, £25, £50, £100, £200, or, if you can, fully funding a £400 bursary will make a huge difference to those struggling. Please give if you can.
Donations can be made via just giving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bavshardshipbursaries
If you have any questions about donating, please do not hesitate to contact me on the following email: email@example.com
Vicky Holmes (BAVS executive member)