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Travel and education bursaries

Each year the OAA offers up to 10 travel and education bursaries of up to £1,000 each to assist OAA members attending overseas meetings.

OAA travel and education bursaries are available for OAA members who are invited speakers or have abstracts, posters or papers accepted for presentation at meetings related to the field of obstetric anaesthesia, requiring overseas travel. Awards are limited to one applicant per abstract/paper.

They are also available to OAA members and approved OAA speakers who wish to work or deliver educational material related to obstetric anaesthesia, in low and middle income countries where reimbursement of expenses is limited.

Applicants must have been OAA members for at least one year at the time of application (in exceptional circumstances, applications from members of less than one year will be considered if accompanied by a letter of support from a member of at least one year’s standing).

Only meetings, courses and projects specifically related to the field of obstetric anaesthesia will be considered.

Applications to attend the same meeting on more than one occasion will not normally be considered.

OAA members will not normally be eligible for more than one travel grant per year.

Only applications to cover travel expenses and up to two nights accommodation will be considered.

Application for amounts up to £1000 will be considered. These will be awarded in increments, three times a year. Applications should be submitted by 31 January, 31 May and 30 September. If the total grants available during one period are not awarded, they will be rolled over to the next period.

Retrospective applications will not be considered.

Travel and education bursaries are discretionary. Each application will be considered on its merits by the OAA Research and Grants Subcommittee. If more applications are received than bursaries available, applicants will be ranked in order of priority and, if appropriate, forwarded to the OAA Executive Committee for a final decision.

Applications should be made by email to Yavor Metodiev, Chair of the OAA Research and Grants Subcommittee.

Applications should include the following:

  • Full name, title, OAA membership number, institution and mailing address of the applicant.
  • An outline of the meeting/course/project, venue and host organisation.
  • An explanation of the applicant’s contribution to the meeting/course/project.
  • A detailed breakdown of the costs and their justification.
  • A list of all other sources of funding sought or obtained, or a declaration that none others exist.
  • An undertaking to provide a written report on return from the meeting, course or project.

In addition to the above, applicants applying for a grant to aid a specific overseas venture should provide the following:

  • A list of all other personnel who would be involved in the project, including the (senior) person who will be responsible for ensuring its completion. 
  • The names of two referees; at least one should be an OAA member and one should be a non-trainee colleague.
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