Conference Funding for Research in Diabetes and/or Depression

Doctoral students at King’s College London who are conducting research with a focus on diabetes and/or depression are eligible to apply for financial support for their participation in conferences in Germany 2017.

Funding is offered as part of the transCampus initiative – a unique partnership between two of Europe’s leading academic institutions, King’s College London and Technische Universität Dresden.

How much funding will I get?

  • EUR 89 per day
  • EUR 125 once for travel costs

How to apply
Please fill out an application form and send in all required documents by the deadline of 22nd February 2017 via e-mail to Felix Klee, Department for Development and International Affairs.

Only complete applications will be considered.

For full details and to access the application: transCampus Initiative Conference Funding 2017.

King’s Cultural Institute: Collaborative Innovation Scheme for Early Career Researchers

 Collaborative Innovation Scheme for Early Career Researchers

Making an impact beyond academia

The Cultural Institute at King’s is delighted to announce a scheme for Early Career Researchers to develop collaborative projects with a cultural or creative industry partner in their area of research. Up to 9 projects will receive funding of £1500 (plus a £500 prize for the best completed project) as well as the opportunity to:

  • shape their project idea with input and expertise from cultural partners;
  • receive support from Institute Associates in developing the joint application with the cultural partner; and
  • disseminate research findings through a novel medium and generate impact beyond academia. We would like to invite PhD students and academic staff within five years of PhD award to submit a 300-word summary of their project idea by Friday 1 April 2016. The Institute will suggest suitable partners to successful applicants who do not have an established contact with the cultural sector but we also encourage proposals by applicants who have already secured a cultural collaboration.

To be successful, proposals must:

  •   be innovative, test new approaches and provoke further debate;
  •   have potential for collaboration between art/culture and academia;
  •   produce high quality and original outputs; and
  •   have a clear vision for influencing wider policy, practice or production and informing research and learning at King’s

For more information and application forms, please click here or contact Richard Mason (richard.mason@kcl.ac.uk)

CLAHRC South London – Grants to support higher degree research students

Funding is now available from the NIHR CLAHRC South London to support current self-funded higher degree research students to complete their work in the field of health research, or implementation science.

There are two sets of award available: CLAHRC fee support awards and CLAHRC thesis write-up stipends. There are eight awards available of up to £5,000 each.

Fee support awards: eight CLAHRC fee support awards are available (up to £5,000 each) to help current higher degree research students (eg PhD/MD) with their fees.

Thesis write-up stipends: eight CLAHRC thesis write-up stipends are available (up to £5,000 each) for current higher degree research students (eg PhD/MD) to allow them time to focus on writing and submitting their thesis.

Both sets of award are open to applicants whose research is relevant to CLAHRC research themes, which includes health research in the areas of alcohol, diabetes, infection, maternity and women’s health, palliative and end of life care, psychosis, public health and stroke, as well as implementation science, and patient and public involvement.

The closing date for both sets of award is midnight on Friday 26 February 2016

For further detail please visit:

http://www.clahrc-southlondon.nihr.ac.uk/www.clahrc-southlondon.nihr.ac.uk/scholarships

Ten top tips on applying for funding

You’ve got a brilliant idea. You think you’ve found the perfect funding scheme. Your application gets rejected! What went wrong?

Based on reading a lot of applications to various funding schemes in the last few months, here are my ten top tips, in no particular order:

  1. Read all the guidelines and documentation. Have you read all the documents provided? Have you answered all the questions?
  2. Meet the deadline. Many funders won’t accept applications after the published deadline – for any reason! If you’re not sure of the deadline, then contact the administrators. If you really can’t get the application in on time, then ask what leeway there is, but don’t be surprised if there isn’t any.
  3. Answer the question! Think what the selection panel want to know. Be specific, don’t waffle.
  4. Use the word limit as a guide. If the word limit is 500 words, then two sentences isn’t enough information!
  5. Demonstrate commitment from others. Could you include a letter of support? Can you demonstrate a commitment of additional funding from elsewhere if you get the award you’re applying for? If you say, “If I get this money I will talk to…,” it begs the obvious question as to why you haven’t already talked to them.
  6. Talk to the people running the scheme. Make sure you are eligible, ask for clarification about anything you don’t understand. Save yourself from spending a lot of time writing an application that won’t even be considered!
  7. Don’t make assumptions! Explain any acronyms you use. In fact, don’t use acronyms unless you have to! Be really clear about what you are going to do. It’s unlikely the people reading your application will have huge amounts of time to devote to each application.
  8. Get someone not involved in your application to read it! At the very least, they will pick up on typos. Even better, they will be able to tell you where your answers don’t make sense or need more detail.
  9. Be realistic with your costs. Don’t just ask for the maximum amount available (unless that’s really what you need).
  10. Provide a clear budget. Present the information really clearly. A simple table is always a good idea. If possible indicate your working but don’t confuse things with too much detail. Make sure it adds up! Then check it again and get someone else to check it! An error might result in your whole application being rejected. If you can’t add up (the panel might think), what chance have you got of delivering a high quality project, on time!

If you do all these things, you’re giving yourself a great chance of getting funding. I wish you all the best for your next application.

Tweet your comments, or suggest other tips, using #fundingtips @naje99

Dr Nigel Eady
Head of Researcher Training & Development
King’s College London
nigel.eady@kcl.ac.uk
@naje99

London Arts & Humanities Partnership

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership has up to 80 PhD studentships available for postgraduate students applying for a doctoral programme in the arts and humanities at one of the three partner institutions: King’s, UCL and the School of Advanced Study. Subject to availability, these awards will cover:

  • tuition fees for a maximum of three years at the Home/EU rate
  • annual maintenance grant or allowance (stipend)

Before applying for a LAHP studentship you must have already applied for admission, LAHP strongly recommends that you submit your admissions application before Friday 16th January 2015.

If you have already commenced doctoral study, you may apply for funding for the remainder of your study, providing that, at the start of the AHRC award (September 2015), you will have at least 50% of the period of study remaining.

LAHP studentships are open to UK and EU students who meet the AHRC’s residency requirements. EU students are eligible to apply for LAHP funding on exactly the same basis as UK students. LAHP expects to make full awards (fees and maintenance) to successful EU candidates in 2015.

Your research topic must be within the subject areas covered by the AHRC. LAHP encourages cross-supervision between the partner universities; please speak to the supervisors or departments about the possibilities available.

Full eligibility criteria and more information about the application procedure can be found on the London Arts & Humanities Partnership website.

Graduate School Conference Fund – Deadline 15 January

At the start of November, 20 students were awarded grants of up to £300 to present their research at conferences around the world. You can find out more about the grant-winners for the first round of this year’s competition here.

The deadline for the second round of the conference fund is now only a month away, so if you are presenting your research at a conference between February 6 – May 5 2015, and need additional financial support in order to attend, you may be eligible to apply for a Graduate School Conference Fund Grant.

The fund offers grants of up to £300 per award to support postgraduate students at King’s College London attend conferences where they will be delivering an oral or poster presentation on their research in 2014/15.

And this year, we are delighted that, for the first time, we are able to open up the scheme to Masters students, thanks to additional funds being allocated to it.

There are three remaining competition rounds for the 2014/15 academic year, and each round covers conferences within a specific period, as below:

ROUND

DEADLINE For conferences commencing within the following period

2

15 January 2015 6 February 2015 – 5 May 2015

3

15 April 2015 6 May 2015 – 5 August 2015

4

15 July 2015 6 August 2015 – 5 November 2015

For  full eligibility criteria and guidance on how to apply, please see the Graduate School’s Conference Fund intranet webpages or contact graduateschool@kcl.ac.uk / 020 7848 4146 for further details.

Thouron Award Presentation – Study at Penn

The Thouron award, for British university graduates, which offers full funding, for up to two years, to study for a graduate degree programme at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (Penn).

Established in 1960, it is one of the most generous exchange fellowships in the world. Not only does it provide funding for tuition fees but also a stipend that allows students to travel and immerse themselves in the life of their host country. Typically between 6-10 awards are offered to British Students each year. You can read more about the award on the website: http://www.thouronaward.org/ .

Applications are invited by 5pm on 3 November 2014 from UK university graduates, including forthcoming summer 2015 graduates, who are British citizens normally resident in the UK. Come along and learn more at a Thouron Award presentation on:

30 September, 6pm, River Room, Strand Campus

All welcome: ideal for those who are coming to the end of a Master’s and are considering a postgraduate programme (Master’s or PhD) in the USA.

This scheme is open to students at all UK universities so if you have friends at other institutions who may be interested in the scholarship, let them know.

For further details, see Thouron website at www.thouronaward.org or contact Jennie Eldridge, Thouron Awards, 020 7848 3376

Reminder: Graduate School Conference Fund – Deadline 15 July

The deadline for the final round of the 2013/14 Graduate School Conference Fund is on Tuesday 15 July.

If you are a research student delivering an oral or poster presentation at a peer-reviewed conference between 6 August 2014 – 5 November 2014 make sure you get your application in on time. To find out more about the fund and how to apply, please see this post from earlier in the year.

Fully-funded places offered for the Cumberland Lodge Conference, Windsor

‘Life beyond the PhD': an interdisciplinary residential conference at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor 26-29 August 2014

Cumberland Lodge

Cumberland Lodge, which is an educational charity, is organising a residential conference to give postgraduates and post docs from all disciplines an opportunity to exchange ideas, practices, experiences and aspirations. All participants will be expected to give a 10 minute presentation on their research pitched at non-specialists.

This conference offers postgraduate students and post docs the opportunity to explain to peers from other disciplines why their research matters, while also hearing from leading figures in academia and outside explain how research has changed their lives.

The Graduate School is able to fully-fund two places for PhD students and two places for Post Docs at this conference. If you are interested in attending, please send in a brief justification (200 words maximum) for your proposed attendance to the Director of the Graduate School, by email at vaughan.robinson@kcl.ac.uk, with the subject title ‘Cumberland Lodge’, by the deadline of 5pm on 23 MAY 2014. The justification should explain how you think you would benefit from attending the conference and presenting a paper.

98% of attendees at previous conferences were either satisfied or very satisfied and 98% would recommend the event.

Further details of the event, which takes place in a beautiful residential conference centre within Windsor Great Park, can be found at www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk

The conference fee covers all accommodation (in shared rooms) and the Graduate School will also cover reasonable travel expenses from London on presentation of receipts after the event.

AHRC/LAHP Studentship Competition 2014 NOW OPEN

LAHP

 

 

 

 

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for AHRC/LAHP Doctoral Training Awards for 2014-15 entry.

Up to 80 three year studentships are available from the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership) to support postgraduate research covering all the arts and humanities disciplines across the three partners: King’s College London, School of Advanced Study (University of London) and University College London.

Awards will cover tuition fees and maintenance (stipend) for those that are eligible.

Both prospective and existing Home/EU postgraduate research students will be able to apply. If you have already commenced your doctoral study, you will need to be studying for at least one more year full-time or 20 months part-time (excluding the writing up period) from September 2014 in order to be eligible.

All eligible students wishing to apply will need to complete an AHRC/LAHP Application form and submit the completed form to the LAHP office via email. For those who will be joining King’s College London as a new student in 2014/15, you will also need to ensure that you have submitted a complete admissions application to the College for a place on a postgraduate research degree programme.  

Deadline: Friday 31 January 2014, at 17:00 GMT

For full details about the AHRC/LAHP Studentship Competition, please go to: http://www.lahp.ac.uk/studentships