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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Research Student-led special project grants

Want to set up a conference? Learn to design an app for your research? Hold a writing retreat? Have a collaborative exchange with another School?

The Graduate School has grants of up to £1000 each, available for students wanting to set up and organise special projects. You can suggest anything you like. The only stipulations are they should be open to MSc and PhD students in the School, and we won't normally fund straightforward research, which is covered by other grants. All you need to do to apply is pitch the project in two or three paragraphs. Say what it is, how it will run and what the benefits will be.

We have suggested the following themes to make a start but the floor is open to you for any ideas you have:

  • Conference grants - to set up and run conferences and so on
  • Writing and research retreats - to fund residential events focused around writing and research themes
  • Collaboration and networking - we would especially like to see events with disciplines we do not normally work directly with such as Business Studies and Art and Design. Pecha Kucha and TEDx provide good models for these kinds of idea sharing events.
  • Research and technology training - this could cover any research method or approach, and training for technology skills such as app development, structuring metadata etc.
  • Workshops – to organise and/or run workshops, pay for workshop leaders etc.

If you are interested in applying for this grant please complete this form and send it to and

The Institute of Academic Development (IAD) has a  fund which operates in a similar manner to the SPS student-led project fund, details are available here.

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