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Postgraduate bursaries

Update - bursaries for 2016 have finished

Each year, Epilepsy Action offers up to three bursaries of up to £3,000, to postgraduate students wishing to undertake non-laboratory based research into clinical, healthcare, medical, educational, social or psychological aspects of epilepsy.


  • Students should be registered on a postgraduate degree programme at a UK university
  • Applicants should be resident within the UK
  • The research should be non-laboratory based
  • The research must be relevant to Epilepsy Action’s 10 year goals (see below)

By 2022, we aim to see:

  • Fewer epilepsy related deaths
  • Rates of epilepsy misdiagnosis going down
  • More people achieving seizure control
  • Fewer people having harmful side-effects from anti-epileptic drugs
  • People with epilepsy informed about their condition and their views influencing their care and treatment
  • A reduction in the indicators of stigma
  • Evidence of positive changes in public attitudes
  • Evidence of greater social inclusion of people with epilepsy

Use of a research bursary

The bursaries are intended to support the applicant’s postgraduate research. Acceptable use may include payment of course fees, attendance at courses and conferences, expenses associated with field research and so on.

Assessment and selection

Applications will be reviewed by Epilepsy Action’s Research Committee with input from people with epilepsy trained in research and our scientific advisers. The assessors will take into account the following criteria:

  • The research is original
  • The research is practical and of good quality
  • The aims of the research are achievable in the proposed time scale
  • The design, methodology, analysis and dissemination plan are appropriate
  • The applicant has the expertise, experience and resources to carry out the research
  • The applicant has a satisfactory supporting statement from a supervisor
  • The ethical and research governance issues have been considered
  • The research is relevant to Epilepsy Action’s 10 year goals
  • The outcomes of the research will have clear and achievable benefits for people with epilepsy

Applicants will be informed of the outcome within 3 weeks of the closing date.

Requirements of Epilepsy Action

Epilepsy Action requires the successful applicants to:

  • Acknowledge the support of Epilepsy Action in any written or oral presentations
  • Supply Epilepsy Action with a short summary (1,000 words) written in Plain English, suitable for inclusion in Epilepsy Action’s publications and website
  • Supply Epilepsy Action with copies of any articles or presentations arising from the research


The deadline for applications is 1pm, Friday 22 April 2016.

Payment of the postgraduate research bursary

Payment will be made retrospectively, on proof of expenses. This could be course or conference fees, expenses associated with field research and so on.

Applying for the postgraduate research bursary

Download the application form and follow the instructions on there.

If you would like any further information, please contact Amanda Stoneman, Research and Evaluation Officer, Tel: 0113 210 8805, email: researchadmin@epilepsy.org.uk

Download the application form

  • Updated November 2014
    To be reviewed November 2017

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