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 students or volunteers 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).


The bursaries are aimed at postgraduate students (MSc or PhD) enrolled in HE Institutions in the UK, but members of the public involved in research on a voluntary basis will also be considered.

Funding provided

Each award will usually be in the sum of £500, although the Society may, at its discretion, increase this amount in exceptional cases. The money may be used for legitimate expenses in connection with the research e.g. equipment purchases or printing costs, but not remuneration or travel/subsistence costs.

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 group of BASS members will consider each application and decide which ones should be granted funding.


For those who are successful in their application, 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

Download the application form