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Research students conference funding


Departmental support for conference expenses

The Department may offer limited financial help of up to £250 per annum to PhD students attending national and international conferences to present papers. PGRs may claim in excess of £250 for a single conference, but anything above £250 per annum will be taken from the following year's stipend: over the three (or four) years of your PhD you can expect to claim up to a limit of £750. Part-time students are eligible for the £750, but they may wish to limit their spending accordingly per annum.

If you would like to attend a conference which is central to your area of study, and your paper proposal has been accepted, please contact the Postgraduate Research Officer with the following documents:

If you are making a claim after the conference, this must be done within 3 months of the expenditure being incurrred.

Please note that the University financial year runs from 1st August to 31st July (not an “academic year”) – claims MUST therefore be submitted within reasonable time for payment to be made before the year end, each July.

If your FP16aPhD form is not completed correctly, it will be returned and your reimbursement will be delayed.

Decisions are normally made within 4 weeks. This allowance may also be used to support other relevant research activity such as the acquisition or improvement of a language essential to your research, or consultation of archives, at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies. Please note that these funds may not be used to cover travel insurance expenses.

Further information about insurance is available at:


Additional Graduate Funding for International Travel

The Department is pleased to announce three awards of £250 each to assist PhD students in the Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies with expenses related to international travel for conference attendance and library work. The £250 can be used in tandem with the £250 already available to PhD students. The awards are competitive and all PhD students are eligible to apply. If you wish to apply, please submit:

1. A short (200 word) proposal outlining how your proposed international travel relates to your doctoral studies

2. Confirmation of your travel (a letter confirming your attendance at a conference; or from a librarian confirming your visit to an archive)

**Please note that the application deadline for these awards has now closed**

Humanities Research Fund

Another source of funding for conference expenses is the university’s Humanities Research Fund (HRF), which is administered by Research Support Services. The HRF will make a maximum contribution of £500 towards conference travel applications from Research/Doctoral students who will be giving a paper. Applicants must provide clear information regarding the conference, the benefits of attending and the paper itself (ideally including an abstract). You can download an application form from their website.

HRC Doctoral Fellowships

The Humanities Research Centre (HRC) runs a doctoral fellowship competition. Each fellow receives a research budget and funds to organise an interdisciplinary conference of their choice. It is open to full and part-time PhD students who have completed at least one but not more than two years of study. Applications are usually submitted in term 2. Consult their website or visit their office in the fourth floor extension of the Humanities building (H452). You should discuss your proposal with your supervisor before applying for this award and ensure that it will not disrupt your research.

Other sources of funding

There are a number of private funds which our students have successfully applied for in recent years, including:

- British Federation of Women Graduates Charitable Foundation

- Soros Foundation

- Wingate Foundation

- Newby Trust

- Charles Wallace Trust (for applicants resident in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh)

- Private funders