Public Engagement funding rounds now open

8th January 2018
Public Engagement
Ever considered how your research could impact a wider community beyond the university? The UCL Culture Public Engagement Unit is now accepting applications for its flagship funding programs: the Beacon Bursaries, and Train and Engage funding. Through these funding schemes, UCL staff and students can connect with public groups, benefiting their own research and the lives of public partners.

This year celebrates the 10th anniversary of the UCL Public Engagaement Unit. We'll be looking at some of their highlights in the weeks and months to come, but right now we want to talk about funding opportunities which open today. The Public Engagement Unit offers two funding programmes:


Beacon Bursaries – Deadline 17th June 2018

Beacon Bursaries are designed to support staff and postgraduate research students at UCL to engage with public groups. This scheme funds public engagement activities that increase staff and postgraduate research students’ activity, skills, and understanding of public engagement. Up to £2,000 is available through this fund.

In 2017, Beacon Bursaries supported staff and students to create a participatory photography exhibition in Rwanda, host workshops with young people with chronic rheumatic conditions, create storytelling maps in Cornwall, and to run a beatboxing workshop with patients who have had laryngectomies. The bursaries have funded a host of activities in previous years, and for more information and guidance on this round, and information on previous projects, please visit our project page.

Train and Engage – Deadline 3rd June 2018

The aim of the Train and Engage grant scheme is to increase activity, skills and understanding of public engagement among postgraduate research students across UCL. Only those who have attended training delivered by the PEU are able to apply for the funding of up to £1,000. If you have been funded through this scheme in the past, you are not eligible for this round.

In 2017, Train and Engage funding supported postgraduate research students to work on projects linked to festivals, playgrounds, infant development, herbal medicine, photosynthesis and much more. This funding is a valuable public engagement development opportunity, and for information and guidance for this round, please visit our project page.


With all of our funding schemes, it is essential that applicants read the guidance, and we recommend that they also contact the unit to discuss their proposals.
For any help or questions about applying for funding, please email publicengagement@ucl.ac.uk. Good luck! 

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