Paneth Meteorite Trust Awards

We are delighted to announce the Paneth Meteorite Trust Awards for 2024.

The F. A. Paneth Meteorite Trust was set up ‘to encourage and further research concerned with meteorites’ with funds from the late Professor F. A. Paneth. The Trust is administered by the Royal Astronomical Society and offers bursaries to fund several summer internships for students to experience research into meteoritics (and closely allied fields). Our intention is to foster the next generation of meteoriticists.

Applications for projects in the field of meteoritics are accepted from potential supervisors at institutions of higher education in Europe (the EU and associated countries) or associated with a named institution in Europe. The connection of the proposed project to meteoritics must be clear. 

The deadline for applications is Friday 22nd March 2024, and we aim to inform successful applicants by mid-April.

It will be up to the successful institutions to identify and appoint suitable candidates for the internships. Candidates can include any student prior to PhD (i.e. BSc/MSc/MSci or the equivalent) and may be of any nationality. Projects should normally last 6 weeks. We can accept a case for a studentship up to 10 weeks, but it may be necessary to cut back the duration in case of oversubscription.

Bursaries are paid at the rate of £250 per week, intended to be passed in its entirety to the student. Bursaries are not taxable in the UK, nor is National Insurance payable. Please note we will not pay instrument charges, bench fees, overheads, FEC, travel to work (except possibly field work, where this is necessary for the project) or any other charges except those that are directly associated with the project work, if we accept the case made to do so.

Applications must include a one-page outline of the project and, on a second page, its budget (converted to pounds sterling – we can however pay in euros).


Applications should be submitted (by letter or e-mail) to:

Dr Natasha Almeida (Secretary, Paneth Trust)

Senior Curator, Meteorites

Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road

London SW7 5BD