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Doctoral College Research Enhancement Fund

The Doctoral College Research Enhancement Fund provides funding to support a range of activities to enhance your research experience as a Doctoral or MPhil student

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Purpose of the Doctoral College Research Enhancement Funds

The Doctoral College Enhancement Funds support a range of research-orientated activities.  The funding is there to provide opportunities for Doctoral and MPhil students to enhance their experience, develop their academic profile by presenting at key conferences in their field, enhance their networking skills and to develop their career prospects.   

This funding is not intended to replicate school-level funding or be used to support your research project.   You need to investigate alternative funding oppportunities before submitting an application to this fund.

There is also a small amount of funding available if you have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

You may also be interested in applying for a ESRC Impact Transition bursary which is a new opportunity this academic year.

  •  Calls for Applications

In order that potential applicants are provided with an opportunity to apply for support throughout the whole of the academic year, there will now be a published timetable of Calls for Applications.

  • There will be four calls per year
  • There will be a finite number/value of awards under each call.
  • Each application will be ranked by a cross-Faculty Decision Panel made up of Postgraduate Research Deans and Doctoral College representatives.

The third call closed on the 15th January 2024 and applications are currently being considered. 

The fourth call will open on the 1st February 2024 and close at 2pm on the 19th April 2024.  If you wish to attend a conference or event over the summer period you should submit to this call so a decision can be made in principle on your application and funding agreed.

Further information

Additional Guidance can be found here:  

Guidance for Students (here)

Guidance for Academic Units (here) 

Process Information for Professional Support Colleagues (here)

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