UCL Grand Challenges


Eligibility criteria

  • All UCL registered doctoral students (full or part time) are eligible to apply, i.e. MPhil/PhD, Eng D, MD (Res), or professional doctorate students;
    • Postdoctoral Research Assistants (in their first postdoctoral appointment) may also apply, but one applicant must be a doctoral student
  • Awards of up to £2,500 are available
    • You can apply for any amount between £500 and £2,500
    • We welcome applications at any funding level, your activity does not have to be very expensive or highly ambitious to be considered
  • Applicants must be based in different FacultiesN.B. Check Portico for your faculty.
  • The proposed activities must take place within the period of both Applicants' doctoral student registration at UCL. Activities must not occur after either or both students' theses have been submitted for examination
  • The Proposed activities must take place within the period of both doctoral students’ registration at UCL. Activities must not occur after doctoral students' theses have been submitted for examination 
  • Proposals should add value to the applicants' studies
  • Applicants should discuss their proposal with their supervisors before submitting an application
  • Proposals must have a strong relevance to one of the six Grand Challenges. Applicants are encouraged to address one of our Priority Themes
  • All the costs associated with the proposal must be paid by 31 July 2020
  • We do not offer detailed individual feedback on unsuccessful applications
  • Successful applicants will be expected to submit a brief Impact Report in November 2020
  • Successful applicants will be expected to acknowledge the support that they have received from Grand Challenges in promotional materials related to the supported activities, and in attributable publications.

First Applicants must:

  • Obtain a statement of support from their Departmental Graduate Tutor
  • Discuss their plans with an appropriate Departmental Administrator regarding receipt and administration of funds
  • Only submit one application as a First Applicant in this round