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Doctoral College Research Enhancement Fund - New Guidance

The fund provides bursaries to support Doctoral and MPhil students to undertake a wide range of activities to enhance personal development.

Doctoral College Research Enhancement Fund

Since March 2022, the Doctoral College Research Enhancement Fund (DCREF), has supported a range of bursaries and awards to provide our Doctoral and MPhil students with opportunities for personal and career development travel, engagement, and enterprise, and supported additional research outputs through Post-Submission Bursaries, thereby enhancing their research experience.

These awards have been extremely popular, and we have supported hundreds of our research community to take up opportunities for enrichment activities not normally funded by their academic unit. To ensure that funding awards are equitable, and there are funding opportunities available throughout the year, we are making changes to the operation of the Doctoral College Enhancement Fund.

These changes will come into effect on the 2nd of May 2023 and are summarised for your information and guidance:

  • ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­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.

  •  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 first call will open on the 2nd of May 2023 and will close on the 23rd of June 2023. This will be to support research-orientated activities from 1st of August 2023


If you have any queries about these bursaries, please email