Postgraduate & early career

For postgraduate and early-career researchers, The Society offers a range of schemes to help develop your skills and career. From funding to attend scientific meetings and schemes to organise symposia, to skills workshops and a science writing prize, we aim to help increase postgraduate employability.

Below is an outline of some of the support available.

The Young Life Scientists’ Symposium (YLS)

The Physiological Society co-sponsors The Young Life Scientists’ Symposium (YLS) alongside the Biochemical Society and the British Pharmacological Society. Teams of early-career researchers can apply to organise a symposium on a scientific theme and format of their choice. All that is required is that the theme is relevant to each of the three sponsoring societies. The call for 2019 proposals will open in Spring 2019. For more information, please email

Travel grants for early-career researchers

Early-career researchers can apply for grants to attend scientific meetings. For more information see the grants page.

Experimental Physiology Early Career Authors' Prize

The Experimental Physiology Early Career Author's prize has been established to reward early career authors who publish outstanding research papers in Experimental Physiology which best meet the journal's remit of translation and integration.

The Journal of Physiology Early Investigator Prize

The Journal of Physiology's Early Investigator Prize is an initiative designed to reward early career authors who publish outstanding research papers in The Journal.

Future Physiology

Future Physiology offers Undergraduates, PhD students and recently qualified postdoctoral workers the chance to organise an exciting scientific two day scientific meeting to raise your profile, build your network and for your professional development. The call closes on 31 January 2019. To apply, click here.  

The Physiological Society Early Career Researcher Poster Prize

These prizes recognise the research work carried out by early career researchers.   

Who      Early career researchers, within five years of your PhD. You do not need to be a member of The Society to be considered.  
What     £200 prize, plus certificate. There are seven awards, one for each of the seven Themes.  
When    Society’s Annual Conference
How      All early career poster communication abstracts will be reviewed to produce a short list of 6–10 posters per Theme, to be reviewed during the meeting.  

The Michael J Rennie - Universities of Dundee and Nottingham Award

Michael J Rennie contributed immensely to the development of the field of muscle physiology. His lifelong research interest was in amino acid metabolism in skeletal muscle in health, exercise, ageing and disease.

Following his death in 2017, the Universities of Dundee and Nottingham agreed to fund an award for 10 years of £200 for the best oral communication by an Early Career Researcher given at a Topic Meeting.  

Who      Affiliate Members and Undergraduate Members
What     £200 prize, plus ceramic medal and certificate for best oral communication by an Early Career Researcher
When    At a Topic Meeting

For 2019: Extreme Environmental Physiology: Life at the Limits, Portsmouth, UK, 2 - 4 September 2019

How       Email to express your interest

Previous recipients
Nathan Hodson, University of Birmingham, UK
Peggy Sfyri, Hull York Medical School, UK