PGR Ventures Fund

The PGR Ventures Fund encourages grassroots innovation, creativity, and leadership among the University of Bristol's postgraduate researcher community.

Thank you again to the Ventures Fund for such a great opportunity to gain experience organising and coordinating a symposium and to meet so many great postgraduate researchers and learn about such a wide variety of projects.

Jade Boyd (PhD in Arts), part of ‘Disrupted Landscapes’, a part-funded BDC Ventures Fund symposium

The PGR Ventures Fund supports short-term events, workshops, and initiatives that deliver transferable skills, training, or resources which benefit Bristol PGRs.

Applications for the 2018–19 fund will be accepted from  28 September to 5 November 2018

Applicants will be notified by 30 November 2018.

How much money is available?

The Ventures Fund supports multiple projects. In each case, the maximum amount allocated is £500.

What sort of projects will be funded?

The sort of projects that we’ve funded in the past include:

  • training for PGRs undertaking fieldwork
  • a multi-disciplinary student-led conference 
  • a workshop on 3D printing
  • a summer symposium on literary and visual landscapes.

However, as the aim behind the fund is to encourage grassroots innovation and creativity in Bristol’s PGR community, please don't feel that you have to restrict your ideas to these types of initiative.

What’s the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible for the fund, your initiative must:

  • be led by PGRs currently enrolled at the University of Bristol
  • benefit PGRs beyond the named applicants
  • be innovative and address specific needs — such as skills training, public engagement with research, outreach activities or mentoring
  • be supported by your supervisor.

Initiatives shouldn’t replicate those which are already offered by the University.

Your proposal must be achievable and realistic, and must be deliverable by 31 July 2019.

Additional information on the requirements can be found in our Ventures Fund Guidelines 2018-19 (PDF, 377kB).

If you have any questions about the PGR Ventures Fund, please contact Loriel Anderson in the Bristol Doctoral College.

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