SSEES Postgraduate Research Resources (MPhil/PhD)
Finance and Funding
- Lindsey Hughes Postgraduate Bursary
- SSEES Excellence Scholarships
Subject to the availability of funds, a scholarship competition will be announced in the autumn for a number of minor grants.
The number and value will vary according to the funds available, and each grant will not normally exceed £3,000. In some years, no competition will be held.
The primary purpose of this scholarship is to support outstanding research students in the final stages of writing-up the dissertation.
Who is eligible?
- All students who are currently registered in good standing for a PhD degree at SSEES; AND
- Who do not hold a full (fees and maintenance) scholarship from another source and are currently in their third or fourth year of study; OR
- Who hold a fees-only scholarship in any year of study.
What are the criteria of selection?
- 1) Excellence in the doctoral programme to date, including: participation in SSEES/UCL/other training; continuous and up to date use of the Research Log; active participation in the activities of the doctoral programme
2) A record of academic excellence. Priority will be given especially to applicants who provide evidence of:
- a) publication activities, especially submissions to peer-reviewed academic journals, but also publications in other formats;
- b) participation in academic and non-academic conferences or workshops relevant to your field of research
- c) outreach and impact activities (including non-conference communication to non-academic audiences).
- d) active participation in the activities of SSEES research centres
How do you apply?
Submit the following documents to the PhD Administrator, Felicity Ward (email@example.com) by the advertised deadline:
- An application form (Word doc)
- A summary of the research project (500 words) to include a summary of work completed to date and a prospective date of submission
- A letter of support from your supervisor.
- SSEES Postgraduate Research Student Fund
SEEES has a limited amount of money each year that can be awarded to help cover additional training requirements and/or the cost of attending conferences for students who are presenting their research.
SSEES will review applications to the SSEES Postgraduate Research Fund twice a year in September and February. For the guidance notes and application form see below.
Please note that the SSEES Postgraduate Research Student Fund is not intended to support conference organisation. Students interested in organising conferences should contact Dr Felix Ciuta (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly, or consider applying to the Doctoral School Academic Societies Fund (http://www.grad.ucl.ac.uk/funds/graduate-academic-societies-fund.html)
- SSEES students registered for an MPhil/PhD (including on CRS status) who are self-financing or who hold scholarships that do not include an allowance for conferences.
- No more than two awards will be made to each applicant during their programme of study.
- Retrospective applications will not be considered.
- The maximum SSEES contribution per application is £500.
- Please note that funds are limited and it may not be possible to support all eligible applications.
- Encourage graduate research students to present their work at major conferences.
- Contribute to the cost of essential additional training unavailable at UCL.
- Contribute to the cost of language training essential for completion of the MPhil/PhD when this cannot be provided through regular programme provision.
- Applications for review in February need to be sent to the Postgraduate Administrator by 31st January.
- Applications for review in September need to be sent to the Postgraduate Administrator by 31st August.
- If there are any funds remaining after February, additional applications will be accepted and considered on an ad hoc basis.
How to Apply
- Complete the Application Form and send it to the Postgraduate Administrator to arrive by no later than the relevant deadline (see above).
- Give a full breakdown of the estimated expenses and attach quotes for the main costs (registration, travel, accommodation). Please ensure your estimates are based on the most cost effective accommodation and fares. Only essential expenditure can be funded.
- If you are presenting a paper, please include proof of acceptance with your application. If this is still pending at the time of application, you may provide this confirmation at a later date. Any funds awarded in such cases will be conditional upon provision of confirmation of acceptance.
- Information on UCL’s Expenses Policy: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/finance/policies-procedures/expenses-policy.
- When foreign currency is used, costs should be converted into pounds sterling showing the exchange rate used
We aim to review all applications and notify applicants of the outcome via e-mail within 2 weeks of the deadline.
Claiming an Award
- Awards must be claimed within 1 month of incurring the costs or a payment may not be possible. The Expenses Form sent out with confirmations of award must be completed in full and returned to the Postgraduate Administrator, Room 341, Third Floor of SSEES Building.
- Original receipts for each item claimed must be submitted, stapled to the Expenses Form in the order they are listed (it is recommended claimants retain a copy of the form and receipts).
- Items claimed should be the same as those listed on the original application unless special circumstances have arisen in which case the changes must be justified.
- When actual costs are lower than the application estimates, the award will be reduced accordingly.
- Allow approximately one month between submission of a claim and receipt of payment.
Please note: in the event that an authorised expense is not in fact incurred, for example due to illness, it is important that you inform the Postgraduate Administrator as soon as possible. This will allow us to offer the unused funds to another student and ensure they are not wasted.
- Doctoral School Academic Societies Fund
Funds are available for societies run by and for research students. More information and an application form can be found at: http://www.grad.ucl.ac.uk/funds/graduate-academic-societies-fund.html
- UCL Graduate Research Scholarships
Up to 20 UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) are available annually to prospective and current UCL research students from any country.
Applicants must be:
- in receipt of an offer of admission to, or currently registered at UCL on, a full- or part-time research degree programme, and;
- holding or expecting to achieve at least an upper second-class Honours UK undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification.
While current students may apply, those entering their third year of research will normally only be considered for funding in exceptional circumstances.
The scholarships consist of fees equivalent to the standard postgraduate UK/EU rate (2015/16: £4,635) plus a maintenance stipend (2015/16: £16,057) for full-time study (benefits are calculated 'pro rata' for part-time students). The scholarship also includes additional research costs at a level up to £1,000 per year for the stated duration of the programme.
Further information can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU_Res/grs
- Graduate Research Scholarships for Cross-disciplinary Training
Up to four scholarships annually are available to full-time UCL MPhil/PhD students from any country wishing to spend an additional year of their MPhil/PhD in another UCL department acquiring research skills and knowledge from a different discipline, which can be applied in their normal area of research. Training should be of one year's duration to permit sustained exposure to the new discipline.
The scholarships can be taken at any point during the MPhil/PhD or programme.
Applicants must be:
- in receipt of an offer of admission to or currently registered at UCL on a full-time MPhil/PhD research programme, and;
- in receipt of three years funding for their normal MPhil/PhD or programme.
Where the student is in receipt of a scholarship or funding e.g. from a Research Council, written permission for the arrangement must be sought from the relevant body. Self-funding students need to provide evidence that they have full funding for the remaining years of their PhD.
Further information can be found at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU_Res/gsrscdt
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