IRMS Conference Bursaries

2024 Bursary Applications have now closed.

IRMS Conference Bursary Information

In line with our commitment to making the IRMS Conference as inclusive as possible, we are once again offering 3 fully-funded bursary places for IRMS24 in Brighton on 12-14 May

Bursary Types

New Generation

Open to anyone aged 30 or under at the start of the conference on 12 May 2024

Diversity & Inclusion

Offered to an information professional or student from an ethnic minority background, or who has a disability (or both)


Available to IRMS members based outside of the UK and Ireland

Each bursary provides 1 fully-funded place at the whole event, including all conference sessions, food and refreshments, evening social events, and two nights’ B&B accommodation at the conference venue, the DoubleTree by Hilton Brighton Metropole hotel. Please note, we are unable to cover any travel costs.

How to Apply

To be eligible for a free bursary place, you must meet the requirements stated in the ‘Criteria’ section below. If you do, then to apply, all you have to do is tell us:

  • Your name, location, organisation, email address and phone number. Location could be a town, region, or country if overseas; organisation could be your employer or your academic institution if you’re a student.
  • The bursary you want to apply for and how you are eligible. For example your age, your ethnic background or disability, or overseas location, as appropriate.
  • Why you would like to attend the IRMS Conference and how you will benefit from attending. In other words, tell us why you should be the lucky winner of a free place!
  • Which speakers or topics you are most interested in or excited about and why? Take a look at the conference programme to see what’s on offer this year.
  • How you would promote or write about your attendance via the bursary. We kindly ask you to write an article or blog, post on social media, record a podcast… whatever you prefer, in return for your free place at the conference.

Click ‘Apply for a bursary’ below to submit your application via the online form. Alternatively you can email Joe Chapman, IRMS Conference Director, with all of the above information if you prefer.

You haven’t got long – the deadline for applications is Sunday 10 March 2024. The IRMS Conference team will then validate and consider all applications and decide who has been successful no later than the end of March 2024. Everyone who submits an application will receive a response from the Conference Director by the middle of April. If you have any questions or if you’re not sure whether to apply, please contact Joe Chapman via emailLinkedIn or Twitter for an informal conversation.


Standard criteria that apply to all 3 bursaries are as follows:
  • You must not have attended any of the last three IRMS Conferences (2021, 2022, 2023).
  • You must not have previously received financial assistance to attend the IRMS Conference.
In addition, the following criteria apply to each individual bursary on offer:

New Generation

You must be aged 30 or under as at the start date of the Conference – 12 May 2024. (In other words, you must have been born no earlier than 13 May 1993.) You may be asked to provide proof of your date of birth in order to validate your application.

Diversity & Inclusion

You must identify as an ethnicity other than the white British or white Irish ethnic groups, and/or have a disability that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. You may be asked to provide proof of either of these characteristics in order to validate your application.


You must be able to reasonably demonstrate that you currently live and/or work in a country other than the United Kingdom or Ireland. In addition, to be eligible for this bursary you must be a current, active member of the IRMS at the time of applying.

Further information

These 3 bursary places are fully funded by the IRMS. The terms of the bursaries were agreed by the IRMS Executive Committee at its virtual meeting in November 2022.
The bursaries, including consideration of applications, are the responsibility of the IRMS Conference organising team, which consists of the IRMS Chair, IRMS Conference Director and IRMS General Manager together with the relevant Account Manager and Marketing Director at Revolution Events.
In the event that any member of the organising team has a close relationship with any of the applicants and/or the team considers there to be a potential conflict of interest involving any member of the team, that member will not participate in the consideration of any applications for the bursary or bursaries to which either of those concerns relates.
Subject to the above safeguards, evaluation of applications and decisions as to the successful applicants is entirely at the discretion of the organising team, and that team’s decision is final. The organising team reserves the right to withdraw the awarding of a bursary in the event that information subsequently comes to light that would cause the application to have been invalid.