Postgraduate Support Fund 2016-17

Thanks to a very generous benefactor’s donation from the estate of Ms Evelyn Pullin, together with other anonymous benefactors, the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy is delighted to announce the establishment of a ‘Postgraduate Support Fund’ for postgraduate research students.

New and existing postgraduate research students within Birkbeck’s SSHP are invited to apply for financial assistance for research-related costs; this includes expenses associated with specific training needs; fieldwork or research trips; and conferences, workshops or other academic events where the applicant is presenting a paper or chairing a session. Use of the award will not normally be allowed for purchasing books or computer software/hardware.

Applicants are encouraged encouraged to discuss with their supervisors what conferences might be useful for them to attend and to do so well in advance of the conference to allow time between application for funds and the conference deadlines.

Awards will not be approved in excess of £500 per student per academic year (October to September)

Applicants are expected to have already used any alternative sources of funding available to them (for example, departmental allowances; allowances that are part of ESRC, AHRC or other externally-funded studentships; or other College awards and bursaries, see: ).
How to apply:
Applicants are asked to submit three documents

• a one-page statement of the research expenses being applied for. This statement should include (i) a breakdown of the sum requested and (ii) a brief justification of how the research expenses relate to the applicant’s research / wider academic profile.

• a two-page personal statement that includes a basic CV and a description of the applicant’s academic research interests.

• a brief (300 word max.) supporting statement from the applicant’s primary supervisor(s), justifying the amount sought in relation to the applicant’s research project.

Applications should be sent to: Queries can also be sent to the same address.

Please note that original receipts (not credit card slips) will be required for any reimbursement claim so these should be retained.

When to apply:

The deadlines for applications for the academic year 2016/17 are Monday 14th November 2016 and Monday 22nd May 2017.

The awards will be judged on an individual basis by a School-level committee convened for this purpose and applicants will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible after the deadline.

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