Funding pots for current students

There are funding pots available to all postgraduate researchers for different purposes. Read about the ways you can access funds to support research-related activities, personal and professional development, and other initiatives.

There are several reasons you might need extra funding during your research degree:

  • Research-related travel for presenting at conferences, attending international workshops, or similar
  • For your personal and professional development
  • For public engagement
  • Cross-faculty collaborations and interdisciplinary research endeavours
  • Any activity that might benefit your wider research community
  • If you are looking for funding, be sure to try the following avenues that might be appropriate for the type of activity you need funding for.

If you are looking for funding, be sure to try the following avenues that might be appropriate for the type of activity you need funding for.

Funding from your School or Faculty

If your funding need is research or discipline-related, check first with your local research group, school or faculty. While funding pots vary from school to school, there are various funds designated for research-related costs. Check with your supervisor or school administrator about what is available to you, whether you fit the criteria, and how you can apply.

Funding from the wider University

The following funds are administered by the Bristol Doctoral College. They are open to all postgraduate researchers who meet the criteria and purpose of the fund.

Similar funds across the University that are open to all postgraduate researchers include:

  • Alumni general grant
    Funding for clubs and societies, to help get a specific idea off the ground, or to present your research at a conference.
  • Alumni travel grant
    Funding for non-funded students who require support for research-related travel costs.
  • Institute of Advanced Studies research workshops
    Postgraduate researchers are entitled to a small pot of funding for running their own interdisciplinary research workshops within the University community.

Funding from outside the University

You can also search externally for various funding pots via the following search engines:

Competitions

The BDC regularly holds competitions for our postgraduate research community. You can win vouchers, contributions towards travel, or skills development opportunities. Check out our #PGRTrek and #PGRPastime competitions.

Subscribe to our Bulletin to keep informed of our latest competition.

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