Information on the Rank Prize Funds' Response to COVID-19

The Rank Prize Funds would like to acknowledge the difficulties facing researchers at this time and to confirm our continued support for our disciplines. We are adapting to the situation in dialogue with the research community; please see below for detailed information on our response in relation to our different activities:


The safety of our staff, symposium participants, and wider community is our first concern. As a result, the Rank Prize Funds have been obliged to cancel the symposia scheduled for March, April, June, and September 2020. All registered speakers have been contacted about the cancellation and planned rescheduling. If speakers are unable to obtain a refund for their travel expenses from their provider, or home institution, the Rank Prize Funds will reimburse travel costs on presentation of a signed expenses claim and receipts.

We hope that the symposia planned for July and October 2020 will go ahead. Given the inevitable uncertainty, however, we strongly advise participants to delay booking their travel until this is confirmed. If participants do need to book their travel in advance, please book refundable tickets.

We would always advise those registered for symposia to follow the most up-to-date guidance on travel from their home institution/country. The latest advice from the UK government can be found at:

If you have been advised not to travel, or you decide not to attend a scheduled symposium, please let us know as soon as possible by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Our 2020 funding schemes remain open for applications as normal. Deadlines will not change.

Current Grant-Holders (PhD Studentships, New Lecturer Awards, Vacation Studentships, Travel Grants)

We are committed to supporting our grant-holders through this challenging period. We understand that limited access to resources and facilities may impact on research activities and we will endeavour to be flexible where we can. We will be contacting our researchers after Easter, but please do get in touch earlier if you would like to discuss the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic may have on your research plans.

Other Funding and Sponsorship

Rank Lectures

We are continuing to fund the Rank Lectures when these are taking place.

Any Questions?

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