College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

CSSAH Postgraduate fund 2022/23

As research postgraduates are well aware, the COVID-19 virus outbreak and restrictions on travel abroad and gatherings such as conferences means that some activity previously supported by the College PGR Fund is not available for funding. Moreover, conferences are now often entirely online or in a hybrid format. In addition to in-person attendance, the fund is also available to support online activities, where there is a cost attached. Where a request for funding to cover travel is made, please indicate whether the risk assessment has been submitted or approved. For information about this talk to your school operations manager.

Call for applications

The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities has set aside funding in 2022/23 for bursaries for postgraduate research students who do not have access to other funds (i.e. self-funded primarily).

However, for the remainder of the 2022/23 academic year, all students are able to apply regardless of their funding status. Subject to funds, we may revert back to our old system of only supporting self-funded students later this financial year (end date 31 July 2023).

For applications involving just one student, the maximum bursaries to be awarded this year are £350 but note that students are eligible to apply more than once in the year – but to an overall maximum of £350 for individual awards. Awards may be for presenting a paper at a virtual/online conference, where there is a conference fee; online training to support research; running an online workshop, etc. For activities that include more than one student and promote research culture the maximum bursaries to be awarded this year are £500. Examples would be small workshops, reading or writing groups.

Applications must spell out related costs and have supporting documentation. Note that the PGR Fund does not cover costs of downloads or reproductions, proof reading, etc.

Students must apply by the 26th of each month; applications are then considered by a panel by the start of the next month. Except for August and September, note that awards are not retrospective and must be submitted in good time (ideally 2 months ahead) for events or activities proposed. It is essential that applicants have a supporting reference from their supervisor/s for any applications.

Apply now for a 2022/23 bursary

Successful applicants will be required to produce a short report at the end of the funding period indicating how the money has been spent and what outputs have been achieved. The submitted report must include copies of receipts for all expenditure. Payment of an award is made via bank transfer on completion of a bank details form once an award has been made.

For an application form, please email

If you have any queries please contact the College Deputy Director of PGR, Dr Matt Hopkins ( or Louise Taylor (

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