Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society

Fighting for Bass and Bass Anglers’ since 1973

Donovan Kelley and Graham Pickett bursary awards

The Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society (BASS) has a long and proud tradition of undertaking and supporting scientific research in bass biology, primarily to increase the knowledge base in this area but also to allow our members to become involved in bass research.

In the past, this has included such things as scale sampling and analysis, tagging (or catching fish to be tagged), helping with juvenile bass surveys and catch and effort recording. We would like to extend this support by providing bursary awards to individuals or groups undertaking research in this area. These awards will be made in the name of Dononvan Kelley and Dr Graham Pickett, two BASS members who contributed so much to our understanding of the biology of the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus Labrax).


Applications are invited from any individual or group involved in research on bass biology; for students, this would normally be at postgraduate level.

Funding provided

Each award will usually be in the sum of £1,000, although the Society may, at its discretion, increase this amount up to £5,000. The money may be used for any legitimate expenses in connection with the research.

Requests for smaller amounts, for example to fund one-off purchases of equipment, may also be considered.


Applicants will be asked to complete this form.  A small team of BASS members will consider each application and decide which ones should be granted funding.


A condition of the funding will be that BASS must receive regular updates on the progress of the project and receive a copy of the project report when finalised. The report must acknowledge the support provided by BASS. A link to the report will be placed on the BASS website.


Funding may be applied for, and awarded at any point in the year. Applications will be processed as quickly as possible.


All forms to be submitted to the BASS Secretary via email