Conference Grants - Scheme 1

Objectives: To provide partial support for mathematical conferences held in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. 


  • The applicant should be one of the conference organisers, who should be a mathematician based in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.
  • Non LMS members will need to ask an LMS member to counter-sign their application.
  • The conference must be held in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.
  • This scheme cannot be used to provide additional funding for conferences that are part of an INI or ICMS programme, as these are already partially funded by the London Mathematical Society.


  • 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.
  • The Society will support only mathematical meetings or the mathematical component of wider meetings, and here the word mathematical excludes mathematics education.
  • 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.

Value of award:  The maximum award is £5,500 towards actual travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses for:

  • Principal speakers 
  • UK-based Research students
  • Participants from Scheme 5 countries. Applicants unsure if the proposed country is eligible under a Scheme 5 grant should contact the Grants team.
  • In addition, the Society allows the use of the grant award 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

Earliest Start Date of Conference

15 September



22 January

February / March


15 May



  • Please note that applications will not be considered between mid-June and mid-October.
  • Grants will not be made retrospectively.
  • The Society is reluctant to award grants to conferences which clash with other significant mathematical meetings in the UK such as the British Mathematical Colloquium or the British Applied Mathematics Colloquium. 

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

Membership & Grants Administrator: Lucy Covington    Email:

Chair of the Research Grants Committee (RGC): Professor Andrew S. Dancer

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