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Researcher Development


Details of the scheme

The purpose of this scheme is to allow postgraduate research students and early-career researchers (ECRs) across the University to set up and run research events such as conferences and symposia. The intention is to facilitate the postgraduate and ECR research culture and activities within the Schools, while providing an opportunity for the development of invaluable skills and experience in the process.

You can apply for up to £500 per activity. Given the budgetary limits, we recommend applicants seek other sources of funding in addition to this.

Bids should be submitted by the lead student or ERC coordinating the event.


Applications for 2021-22 will open mid-January 2022.

Applications will close 9am Monday 28 February, with decisions announced w/c 7 March.


Application guidelines

Budgeting section

  • There is no requirement for a budgetary breakdown; a simple delineation of headline costs is sufficient
  • Can include expenses, including temporary platform licences for online events, catering or venue hire
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for keynote speakers only
  • Give details of additional funding sources secured or to be applied for (especially when proposals require more than the maximum available from this scheme)
  • Funding must be spent within 12 months from date of acceptance
  • Details on how to claim your award will be provided in the acceptance email


Profile section

  • List all the organisers (not just the lead applicant)
  • Interdisciplinary proposals are welcome, but the interdisciplinary aspects must be explained and, typically, the organising group should include representatives of more than one discipline
  • Senior academic conferences will not be considered
  • Being open to the public or publishable is welcomed but not essential


Researcher Development Agenda section

  • Each bid should present an argued case for why the Researcher-Led Events Scheme is the best source of funding for the event
  • It is desirable - though not essential - for applicants to articulate a researcher development theme or activity
  • Examples of RD themes include but are not limited to:
    • an early career session with a focus on career progression and development
    • a writing retreat which includes sessions on writing practice
    • a seminar series based on topical themes for early-career researchers
    • a 'meet the expert' session providing an opportunity for early-career researchers to meet with established experts and discuss career paths, how to overcome hurdles along the journey, etc
    • an open access session which discusses open access policy and trends in UK Higher Education and globally