PGR Development Fund

The PGR Development Fund (formerly known as the PGR Ventures Fund) supports the organisation of events and workshops that deliver transferable skills, training or resources.

Do you have an idea for a short-term event, workshop or initiative that could benefit Bristol PGRs or local communities/organisations? You could make it happen with an award of up to £500 from our PGR Development Fund.

**Please note, we will consider any event that is in line with the scope of the fund but in light of the coronavirus situation we particularly encourage applications that focus on online events and initiatives. Funds can be used to cover the costs of equipment, speaker fees, materials etc.**

Applications for the 2019–20 Spring Round of the PGR Development Fund are now closed.

Apply for a PGR Development Fund

The deadline for applications has been extended to 5pm on the 7th May 2020. If successful you will have until December 2020 to spend the funds. Please contact Dr Elizabeth Mamali with any questions you may have about the PGR Development Fund.

Projects supported by the 2018-19 fund

Thank you to everyone who applied for funding from the 2018-19 fund.

20 applications were received, with the following 7 projects successfully securing funding:

  • CQWG Workshop: Planning a conference from start to finish

    Building on the success of the recent Critically Queer Conference, which pioneered an innovative conference design focusing on inclusiveness and accessibility, this one day workshop will share novel and considerate approaches to conference organisation.

    Funding: £500

  • Being BME in STEM

    A half-day workshop focusing on the retainment of Black and Asian students within STEM subjects, exploring various ways STEM departments can improve the environment in which all students study.

    Funding: £500

  • Researchers not Robots: Effective and ethical interviewing for difficult topics

    For many researchers, conducting qualitative interviews are a crucial part of their PhD. This half-day workshop explores how researchers can ethically manage difficult and emotive interviews with participants in an empathetic way, whilst maintaining their research integrity.

    Funding: £100

  • Bring your own data: Using NVivo to analyse interviews, pictures, and video

    NVivo is an organisational tool that helps qualitative researchers organise large data sets and link the data to analyse themes. These monthly peer-led workshops enable users to apply NVivo techniques to their own data while receiving face-to-face support from colleagues who are more familiar with the programme. The monthly meet-ups will cover an introduction to the software, opportunities to apply coding techniques, and support for using NVivo on a variety of media.

    Funding: £200

  • Navigating the Landscape of Artificial Intelligence Research

    This workshop brings together researchers working on the next generation of machine learning and intelligent autonomous systems to explore where their research interests intersect, and to discuss how these systems are pushing the threshold of human-like intelligence.

    Funding: £200

  • PGR Ignite

    A fun, informal evening in which PGRs working in the social sciences will share their research in 20 slides over 5 minutes. This is a great opportunity to practice presentation skills in a fun and supportive environment, while finding out more about a range of research projects. 

    Funding: £350

Watch a case study experience

The fund presented an opportunity for us to engage with people about our research in an unorthodox way.

Taylor Aucoin (PhD in History), organiser of the ‘Merry Shrovetide' festival, 2018
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