Peter Spillett Memorial Award

We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2024 Peter Spillett Memorial Award, a bursary of £500 each, for two students every year.

The award will assist two students from either IFM, or our partners, the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI), to attend courses, workshops or conferences, to aid their personal development.

The award is in memory of Peter Spillett; long-time member and avid supporter of the IFM who also served as our Chairman and President. 

Peter did much to progress the IFM and its aim to advance sustainable fisheries management.

Dr Peter Spillett, previous IFM President 

Award rules

  1. Two ‘travelling bursary’ awards per year. A limit of £500 to contribute to entry, travel and accommodation for the event.
  2. The Award is open to Student Members of IFM and / or the FSBI.
  3. The Award is for attendance at any relevant fisheries or aquatic conference, workshop or training events.
  4. This will be paid as a grant and evidence of attendance and payments made will be required.
  5. Applicants should write to the IFM at [email protected] to outline:
    1. Their career and learning history to date.
    1. How this award will help them in their learning and career.
    1. Why they have chosen that event.
    1. How they will impart that learning to others.
    1. The name and organisation of a sponsor.
  6. Deadline is the 31 January 2024 for the award.
  7. Winners to be announced through the IFM’s FISH Magazine.
  8. The winner will be expected to give a brief presentation or poster (for example at an IFM conference), or create a 5 minute video, and/or produce an article for FISH, to share their experiences of the award, with the aim of sharing the knowledge and experience gained, and promoting the benefits of the award.


Please send your applications to [email protected] before 31st January 2024.

The IFM Team would encourage anyone who is considering applying for the award to contact us if they have any doubts or worries. For example, we understand that attending your first conference can be quite daunting, so we could arrange a buddy to meet you and help you settle in. We are sure we can help and advise on how to apply and hopefully sort out any problems or worries. 

This Award has been supported by the Silent Auction at the IFM Annual Conference and a generous donation from Five Rivers Environmental Consulting Ltd.