Postgraduate Researcher Conference Support Fund


Postgraduate Research Students are eligible to apply for funding to attend international and UK conferences if they are presenting a paper, performance or other form of presentation (with the exception of poster presentations).
Successful applicants will receive a contribution to travel and accommodation costs up to a maximum of £250 for UK conferences and up to a maximum of £500 for overseas conferences.

Please note that due to high demand on this fund, fund is available to PGRs who:

  • Are in their 2nd or 3rd year, or part time equivalent. The fund is not available to those in their first year, or the completion phase
  • Have given a presentation at SPARC
  • Have been accepted at a conference to give an oral presentation

To be eligible for funding you must:

  • Be a PGR student in their second and third year (or part time equivalent). Applicants should first make use of any school funding available before applying to the PGR Conference Support Fund. Check with your supervisor and/or research support officer to see whether your school has discretionary funding to support PhD students with conference costs, and if so, how to access it.
  • The fund can award up to one UK conference and one international conference per PGR student during the PhD lifespan (one in each financial year).
  • Applicants must be presenting at the conference, and not just attending. Confirmation that the presentation has been accepted for the conference will be required with the application.
  • Apply within the funding round. Three rounds a year are available.
  • Give at least four weeks’ notice of the date of travel.
  • Complete the online submission form in full.
  • Produce a short seminar following attendance

Each funding pot is available for a limited period of time (usually around six weeks) and applications are only accepted within this period. If you submit an application outside of the funding period it will be rejected. The conference activity can take place outside of the period but must be within 3 months of the application deadline, the dates for the funding periods are: 

Funding Round Funding opens Funding closes Conference deadline details
Funding round A 1st  October Closes 5pm, 15th November for conferences taking place up to 15th February
Funding round B 15th January Closes 5pm, 28th February for conferences taking place up to 31st May
Funding round C 15th March Closes 5pm, 28th April for conferences taking place up to 30th July

To submit an application, please read the guidance and submit the online application form here. Please remember to send a PDF of your receipt and confirmation of acceptance to present to

Business Cards

The Doctoral School will supply PGR candidates (who have at least 6 months of their studies left to complete) with complimentary business cards. To qualify for this scheme candidates must have:

  • Attended 3 training sessions on Communication Skills
  • Attended 3 training sessions on Career Development
  • Identified in their application how the cards will be used, e.g. conference networking, recruiting study participants.

You can apply for business cards during Funding Rounds A, B and C (dates above), so please plan ahead!

Apply for business cards here.

Please be advised that funding is not available for conferences taking place between 31st July and 30th September and cannot be granted retrospectively.

Researchers are asked to seek alternative sources of funding during this period. A list of alternative funding sources have been provided:

Learned societies and research charities often offer travel and conference support grants for their members or researchers. A full list of learned societies by discipline and country can be found:

If you have a link or are aware of a source of funding to add to the list, please email us at: