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PGR Development Fund

The Postgraduate Research Development Fund is designed to fund collaborative projects which will have an impact on the organisational culture for postgraduate research students within a group of Schools, Faculties or across the University.

A total of £20,000 is available for projects in the 2019-20 academic year. Up to £5,000 can be awarded for any one project and applications for seed funding are welcome.

Projects dealing with the following topics are particularly encouraged:

  • Supervision or mentoring of PGR students.
  • Enhancing PGR graduate employability, both academic and non-academic.
  • Enhancing PGR communities (of any sort, including virtual, interdisciplinary, etc).
  • The public researcher


Staff in Schools and Units are eligible to apply for funding. Students may also apply, but applications must be led by a member of staff.

Applications should normally involve multiple Schools and/or Units. Cross-faculty projects are especially welcome.

How to apply and application dates

Please complete the application form using the guidance notes:

Applications require the endorsement and signature of the relevant Head(s) of School/Unit or the Director of Postgraduate Studies. The Head(s) of School, on behalf of the applicant, should submit the application to

Application deadlines:

  • Semester 1: Friday, 25 October 2019
  • Semester 2: Friday, 27 March 2020

Project outcomes and dissemination

Participants will be required to submit a brief report evaluating the success of the project, the scale of the change it has brought about and the benefits to the postgraduate experience. Participants may also be asked to present a poster or deliver a presentation at a dissemination event, or produce a piece of media for the webpage.

Applicants should keep in mind that the University is required to account for money spent and therefore a report on the outcome of every project must be submitted to the Proctor’s Office.

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