Welcome to the Graduate School's Research Community Fund webpage - we are pleased that you are interested in organising an event/activity and look forward to hearing from you!

The Research Community Fund is designed to assist with building your Research Culture, Community and networks. It is available to Doctoral Research Students and Reps who wish to fund activities and events to bring groups of students together to enhance your research experience and help fellow researchers to improve research skills, professional development as well as provide an additional system of support.

Anyone wishing to submit an application should read the criteria and additional information below carefully. Please note that applications which do not meet the criteria, or are not submitted by the deadlines stipulated, will not be considered.

COVID-19 - Please note that applicants are encouraged to submit requests for virtual or remote events, but that applications for face to face activities will be considered as long as they adhere to all Governmental regulations as well as any local, Departmental guidelines for social distancing.

If you require any advice on the Research Community Fund please contact Dr Caroline Hargreaves

Funding Criteria

Application Criteria

  • The event or activity should be organised by one or more students (students can be assisted by staff/academics);
  • The fund is only available to support research students although it is recognised that activities may involve Master’s, Postdocs or other participants as contributors;
  • Individual students may submit only one application per academic session;
  • The activity must benefit a minimum of 8 research students *At present, applications for face to face activities should not exceed the Government's 'rule of 6' Covid-19 regulations
  • Applications from students registered within CDTs, should state how the event/activity will be opened to the wider student community;
  • Cohort activites should contain an element of professional development for those involved
  • Cohort activities must take place between 1st of October and the 30th of June each year (any expenses should be claimed by the middle of July at the very latest).  Those which take place outside this timeframe will not be considered.      
  • The fund is not available to support repeat activities i.e. those which have previously received funding.
  • Applicants should ensure that activities and events are as inclusive as possible and do not favour one group of students over another.
  • Please note that catering costs should not exceed those stipulated in College guidelines,
    • Lunch - £7.50 per head
    • Dinner - £15 per head
    • Tea/coffee/biscuits - £2.15 per head
  • Applications will normally be in the region of £500-1000.  Anything higher than £1000 will require match funding from the student’s academic Department.
  • All applications will be considered for by the Graduate School's Course Quality & Strategic Development Committee (CQSD)

Important Information

  • Retrospective applications will not be considered.
  • Recipients of the fund are required to write a blog post about the activity.  All blog posts must be received by the Graduate School no later than early July so that funds can be distributed in the same financial year in which the activity took place.  Funds will not be transferred if this deadline is missed or if the blog post is not submitted. Guidance for writing your blog post can be downloaded here - Guidance for Writing a Blog Post.Pdf
  • It is usual practice for the Graduate School to reimburse the academic Department of the student organiser for the agreed cost, following the event.

Application Deadlines

To ensure that applications are considered by the CQSD in plenty of time, forms should be submitted by the following deadlines,

Application DeadlinesCQSD Dates
19 October 2020 28 October 2020
11 November 2020 25 November 2020
December 2020 NO MEETING
13 January 2021 27 January 2021
10 February 2021 25 February 2021
10 March 2021 24 March 2021
April 2021 NO MEETING
12 May 2021 25 May 2021
09 June 2021 23 June 2021
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Apply for funding, submit your post-activity report or view previously funded activities: