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DCREF Travel and Conference Funding - updated May 2024

Information for Applicants for Travel and Conference Funding

Funding overview

As a registered Doctoral or MPhil student, you are encouraged to apply for funding to undertake a wide range of personal development activities that might not normally be available in an Academic Unit.  This fund provides support so that you can take advantage of opportunities afforded by participation in UK and International events and conferences throughout the year.  

This funding is not designed to replace funding that you receive from your Academic Unit and you will need to investigate alternative sources of funding prior to making your application.

This funding will:-

  • Make available up to £1650 to participate in a conference or event that will enhance your research and experience
  • Allow you to book travel, accommodation etc in advance via your academic unit without incurring costs directly



Applications must be made at the appropriate call prior to the event date.   We are unable to accept retrospective applications for funding and we can only accept one application for travel and conference funding from a student at each call.

We would recommend that applications are made at least 2 months prior to the start date of the event to enable you to take advantage of early bird deals and competitive prices.  All international travel must be organised via Selective travel, failure to do this may mean that any outlay incurred organising travel through another route cannot be reclaimed.  We would recommend that you read the travel guidance for PGR students and the University travel and expenses policy before arranging any travel.

You will need to demonstrate that this opportunity has the potential to enhance your research and experience.  Please state fully within your application how you will be participating in the event, such as giving a presentation or leading a workshop.  You will need to show how this will add value or impact to your research and demonstrate the outcomes and outputs that will be a result of this activity.

You must attach quotations giving realistic costings for the proposed activity and demonstrate value for money.  If quotations are not yet available due to the date of travel please give the best estimate you can and then send quotations once available. 

The fourth call closed at 2pm on the 19th April 2024 and applications are currently being considered by the review panel.

A new open call will be available for applications on the 1st May 2024. If you wish to attend a conference or event over the summer period and have not submitted an application to call 4 you should submit to this call now as such applications will be considered ahead of the call deadline of 2pm on the 30th June 2024.

Student feedback

"Thanks to funding from the Doctoral College, I was able to attend the full Butterfly Conservation Symposium 2023....this was an invaluable experience, and from what I learned, the ideas I had, and the connections I made, I will be benefitting for years to come. "

"the conference was a fantastic experience which has already been beneficial to both my research and professional network.....and I am deeply grateful to the DCEF Travel Bursary for making this trip possible." 

"I am very grateful for the DCEF in allowing me to attend a large, international conference to present work and foster connections that I hope will continue to support my research career after completion of my PhD and beginning my career as a clinical academic."

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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