Celebrating New Appointments - Scheme 9

To provide partial support for meetings held in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, to celebrate the new appointment of a lecturer at a UK university.


  • The applicant should be a new lecturer in mathematics, based in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.
  • Non LMS members will need to ask an LMS member to support the application.
  • The meeting must be held in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. Where appropriate, joint meetings involving more than one new appointment may be supported - please note the Early Careers Research Committee expects each new appointment to submit an individual application form.


  • The inaugural meeting must take place within two years of the start date of the new appointment (time spent on parental leave will be taken into account and will not count against the two year maximum). If the period of March 2020-September 2021 falls within the first two years of your appointment, this 12 month period will not count towards the two year period in which  you must host your event.
  • It is expected that this would be a one-day meeting consisting of three talks, given by the new lecturer and two other mathematicians in the same research area, preferably from the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
  • There should be a social event in the department to be held after the meeting. The LMS would normally expect departments to contribute to receptions.
  • There should be an additional separate conference dinner held as a social event.
  • The purposes of the meeting would be:
    • To celebrate the new appointment
    • To strengthen the research network in which the new lecturer naturally sits, and
    • To provide an opportunity for research students and other mathematicians to spend a day focusing on the research area.
  • The Society expects that the meetings which it supports will be open to all, and will only support a closed meeting if an exceptional case is made.
  • Applicants must comply with the Society's policy on Women in Mathematics - please note that the Society considers a lack of invited women speakers to be a very real problem, and a failure to include women speakers are grounds for refusal for funding.
  • Additionally, please note the following advice on diversity at conferences/workshops/seminars

NB The Society is reluctant to award grants to meetings which clash with other significant mathematical meetings in the UK such as the British Mathematical Colloquium or the British Applied Mathematics Colloquium.

Value of award:
The maximum award is normally between £400-£500 towards actual expenses for:

  • Visiting lecturers (travel, accommodation and subsistence)
  • Visiting research students (travel, accommodation and subsistence)
  • The dinner
  • In addition, the Society allows the use of the grant to cover Caring Costs for those attendees who have dependents.

Deadlines and decision timetable:
Applications should be submitted well in advance of the date of the conference.

Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date of Conference
15 October November  January to August
22 February  March/April  July to January
  • Please note that applications will not be considered between mid-April and mid-November.
  • Grants will not be made retrospectively.

Queries regarding applications can be addressed to the Grants Administrator or the Chair of the Early Career Research Committee (ECRC) who will be pleased to discuss proposals informally with potential applicants and give advice on the submission of an application.

Grants Administrator:  Lucy Covington Email: ecr.grants@lms.ac.uk

Chair of the Early Career Research Committee (ECRC): Professor Chris Parker 

Application Form:

To submit an application, you must be logged into your user account or registered as a user.

Other sources of funding:

Information about other funding offered by other organisations can be found here.

LMS Caring Costs Policy 

The LMS wishes to enable carers and parents to take part in the activities that it supports. Applicants for grants across Schemes 1-9, for Early Career Research activities or who will run Society Meetings can request funding to help mathematicians with caring or parenting responsibilities to participate in their activities. In addition, individuals requiring support for caring to attend conferences, workshops, research schools and meetings or to make research visits - not necessarily organised by LMS - can apply for a Caring Supplementary Grant to contribute to such costs.   

The Policy is available here