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Sylvia Scholarship Fund

BGCI are delighted to be able to offer scholarships to support delegates to participate in the 10th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens. This funding has been made possible through the Sylvia Scholarship Fund.

The application process is now closed.


Eligibility criteria

To be considered for Sylvia Scholarship funding you must meet the following criteria:

  • Work in a botanic garden
  • Be from an institution in a developing country
  • Be aged 35 or under at the time of the congress
  • Contribute to a session during the congress (submit an abstract)
  • Be able to demonstrate the positive impact of your attendance on yourself and your organisation
  • Be able to justify the need for financial support to attend the congress and the use of match funding to cover additional congress costs 


Available funding options

Types of scholarship Costs

Round trip (return flights) airfare to and from Warsaw from country of origin (up to €1,500)

BGCI early member fee (€400)

Accommodation for 5 nights (€320)

Flights Round trip (return flights) airfare to and from Warsaw from country of origin (up to €1,500)
Registration fees BGCI early member fee (€400)
Accommodation Accommodation for 5 nights  (€320)

Please note: Scholarships cover specific costs associated with attending the congress, as listed above. Additional costs of attending the congress will need to be funded by the individual. These may include:

  • Flights/international travel
  • Visa 
  • Travel within Warsaw i.e. to accommodation and the congress venue
  • Accommodation for five nights (9 – 13th September inclusive) 
  • Congress fees
  • Meals
  • Travel Insurance
  • Pre- and post- congress tours (not included in the congress fee)


Process for selecting successful applicants

Each application will be considered alongside the eligibility criteria above. A decision will be made by BGCI in conjunction with a representative from the Sylvia Scholarship Fund.

If you have any questions about the scholarship fund please contact the education congress team


For additional information about the congress, please visit the congress website.