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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Masters Student Initiative Grants

The Graduate School offers grants of up to £500 each to taught MSc students who want to organise events and activities that foster learning and community-building within and across programmes. 

The proposed activity can be anything from a writing retreat to a student-led conference or debating event. The main criteria for the scheme are: 

  • the activity must provide added value for a group of 10 or more SSPS postgraduate students;
  • it should make a contribution to peer learning and community-building;
  • it must respect principles of equity and diversity;

This scheme will not provide funding towards core teaching activties led by staff or activties that could be funded through other grants (e.g. travel expenses for the MSc IEP/IR Brussels trip, dissertation fieldwork). Given the community-building purpose of the scheme, we will favour group initiatives over individual ones.

In the past, taught MSc secured funding from this scheme for:

  • setting up and runing conferences, to pay for speakers and light catering;
  • writing and research retreats, residential events focused around writing;
  • collaboration and networking with students from other Schools; 
  • Pecha Kucha and TEDx events;
  • film screenings;
  • discussion roundtables
  • setting up study groups
  • group contributions to conferences, to cover travel expenses and conference fees; 

Students interested in applying to this scheme should send a proposal of no more than three A4 pages outlining their objectives, the targeted audience, the number of students that would benefit from the initative and an itemised budget including the total amount requested to the Director of PG Teaching ( and the Graduate School Office Team Leader, Gillian MacDonald (  Students should make sure to provide their student numbers (UUN). 

There are two deadlines throughout the academic year 2017/18:

  • semester 1: Thursday, 26th of October 2017
  • semester 2: Thursday, 22nd of February 2018

All proposals must be submitted by this deadlines and funds claimed by the end of December and June respectively.  Funding for eligible initiatives will be disbursed on a first come, first serve basis. Students receiving a grant will be asked to send a report about the activity to the above email addresses no later than one month after the Initiative has finished. Selected activities also have the option to feature on the Graduate School website as exemplars of good practice.

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