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Postgraduate Conference Bursary Scheme

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This scheme is open to postgraduate research students (i.e. those registered for an MPhil, PhD or Professional Doctorate) to attend and present at a conference, then feed back knowledge and experience gained from the conference to their supervision team and research group. Grants of up to £250 are available on a competitive basis.

Applications should be made at least six weeks in advance of the event. The Graduate School aims to issue a decision to the applicant within three weeks of receiving the complete application and supporting document(s).  Retrospective applications will not be accepted.

Confirmation of an invitation to present e.g. a copy of the letter or email from the Conference Organiser must be submitted with the application form. Failure to provide this will delay the consideration of the application.

The bursary application form must be countersigned by the applicant’s Principal Supervisor, and the PGR Director/Lead; the signatures provide confirmation of their support for the proposed activity. If unavailable, an approval email attached to the bursary application will be accepted.

If you are a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) funded student, you should firstly apply for funds through the CDT’s Student Development Fund. 

All applicants are responsible for ensuring adherence to Northumbria’s Health and Safety policies and practices.  For further information, please see the Health and Safety webpage.

Once awarded, the applicant should make the necessary arrangements with the assistance of their Supervisor and/or faculty Resources Office using the financial codes provided by The Graduate School on awarding the bursary. Alternatively students can make their own arrangements and submit a Student Expenses Claim Form (up to the value of the bursary award) with supporting receipts to The Graduate School who will authorise and forward to Finance for payment.

Queries can be submitted to 

Click here for the scheme guidelines and application form.  Please note older versions of the form will not be accepted.

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