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.
PGR Ventures Fund
We could fund you to organise workshops or events to benefit your research community.
Colston Research Society Travel Scholarship
An annual travel scholarship for postgraduate research students and post-doctoral researchers.
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:
The GW4 Alliance offers travel bursaries and researcher development funding through their doctoral student training scheme.
An extensive database of funding opportunities and research news items from over 30 countries around the world.
There are a number of research, travel and workshop grants available for researchers at every stage of their degree and/or career.
Worldwide Universities Network: Research Mobility Programme
Travel and accommodation costs for research students (typically in the second or penultimate year of study) to pursue their research at one of the 22 WUN institutions across the globe
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.