PGR Development Fund

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

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

Applications for the 2019–20 Autumn Round of the PGR Development Fund are now open!

Apply for the PGR Development Fund

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 29 November 2019. If you have any questions about the PGR Development Fund, please contact Dr Elizabeth Mamali.

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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