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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.

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.

A maximum of £5,000 can be awarded for any one project. Applications for seed funding are also welcome – applicants should say where they expect to obtain further funding, eg Higher Education Academy, School funds, etc.

There is one funding call per semester. The first deadline for applications is Friday 9 March 2018.

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.

Applications should normally involve multiple Schools and/or Units. Cross-Faculty projects are especially welcome. Applications should clearly specify how the outcomes of the project will be embedded within the Schools/Units involved.

How to apply

A total of £20,000 has been allocated for projects in the 2017-2018 academic year. There will be one funding call in each semester.

All 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 application, should submit the application to

Completed applications should be submitted by Friday 9 March 2018.

Please use the following documents when submitting an application:

Project outcomes and dissemination

Applicants will be required to disseminate their findings internally with a view to implementation as widely as possible across the University.

This will be done through submitting 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 post 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 outcomes of every project must be submitted to the Proctor’s Office.