Funds for current PGRs
There are funds 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 events and initiatives.
Whether you are seeking support for research-related activities, your development or events that benefit the wider PGR community, find out here how you can access or apply for funds.
Funding administered by the Bristol Doctoral College
The following funds are open to all postgraduate researchers who meet the criteria and purpose of the fund.
PGR Community Fund
For the organisation of PGR community-building, well-being and social activities in the PGR Hub.
PGR Development Fund
For the organisation of events, workshops, and initiatives that deliver transferable skills, training, or resources, which benefit Bristol PGRs.
Colston Research Society Travel Scholarship
An annual travel scholarship for postgraduate research students and post-doctoral researchers.
EPSRC PGR Funds (EPSRC students only)
These funds enable EPSRC-funded students to undertake a short placement; attend a conference or training; organise group training; or run events, workshops and development activities.
Funding from your School or Faculty
If your funding need is research or discipline-related, check with your local research group, school or faculty. While funding varies from school to school, there are 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 across the University
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.