King’s IoPPN Clinician Investigator Scholarship 2017

The King’s IoPPN Clinician Investigator Scholarship was established in January 2017, through a generous philanthropic donation, to support masters and PhD scholarships in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). The IoPPN is a leading centre for mental health and related neurosciences research in Europe. It is one of the top 25 higher education institutions in the world, and ranked 1st in Europe for Psychiatry & Psychology.

What is the King’s IoPPN Clinician Investigator Scholarship?

The scholarships are aimed at encouraging current MBBS students and GKT Medical School Alumni to pursue research in the area of mental health and neurosciences. This scholarship will be awarded based on merit.

The scholarships are available for all full-time Home/EU fee status students undertaking masters and PhD programmes in the IoPPN, starting in Sept 2017.

Each student will receive a £20,000 scholarship, for the duration of their studies, per year.

Am I eligible?

For the Masters’ Programmes, applicants must:

  • be planning to undertake a MSc at the IoPPN or have firmly accepted an offer of a place;
  • be a graduate of GKT School of Medicine or its affiliates, or if an undergraduate, must have completed at least 3 years of their MBBS course, and have undertaken a clinical attachment in either psychiatry or neurology;
  • agree to provide an end of year report and a letter of thanks to the donor and attend events where necessary.
  • provide a written personal statement (up to 1000 words) including:
  • why they wish to undertake this course of study;
  • an example of a piece of academic work (e.g. a scientific publication or clinical report) that they have undertaken;
  • evidence of strong academic ability

For the PhD/MD (Res) Programmes, applicants must:

  • have firmly accepted an offer of a studentship at the IoPPN or have had a proposal for a PhD or MD(Res) approved by the relevant KCL/IoPPN Higher Degrees committee:
  • be a graduate of GKT School of Medicine, or be about to graduate, or be an intercalating MBBS student at GKT (PhD only)
  • agree to provide end of year reports annually during the course of their study and a letter of thanks to the donor on completion of their degree and attend events where necessary
  • provide an outline of their research proposal
  • provide a written personal statement (up to 1500 words) including:
  • why they wish to undertake a research degree in the fields of psychiatry/psychology/neuroscience
  • an example of a piece of academic work (eg a scientific publication or clinical report) that they have undertaken
  • evidence of strong academic ability

How do I apply?

Download an application form.

The application form should be completed, scanned and emailed to funding@kcl.ac.uk.

Alternatively it may be posted to Student Funding Office.

You must submit word/pdf versions of your supporting statement and research proposal. These should be emailed to funding@kcl.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is 30 June2017.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

Provided your application form has been accurately completed and the appropriate documentary evidence supplied, you will be notified of the decision by 31 July 2017.

Deposits are not required until a decision has been made on the scholarships, unsuccessful scholarship candidates will need to pay their programme deposit within two weeks of the outcome.

Where can I get further information?

To find out more about the Scholarship scheme, please contact the Student Funding Office.

 

Claire Godfrey Postgraduate Fund 2016-17

What is the Claire Godfrey Postgraduate Fund?

The Fund was established in memory of Claire Godfrey, a professional photographer, who died at the age of 32.

The objective of the fund is to support postgraduate students at King’s who are suffering unexpected, study-related, financial hardship.

Each award is worth £1,000.

Am I eligible to apply?

The fund is open to all home postgraduate students in financial hardship.

All applicants will have to submit documentary evidence with their applications to verify their financial status.

When will the award be paid?

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in May 2017. The successful applicant will also receive payment at that time. 

How do I apply?

You can download an application form here.

Please ensure that you read the guidance notes carefully before completing the application form and provide all the relevant supporting documentation as soon as possible.

The deadline for receiving application forms and supporting documents is Friday 28 April 2017.

Late applications will not be considered. 

When will I know the outcome of my application?

Provided your application form has been accurately completed and the appropriate documentary evidence supplied, you will be notified of the decision during May 2017. 

Where can I get further information?

To find out more about the Claire Godfrey Postgraduate Fund, please contact the Student Funding Office.

 

 

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.