Collaboration and Impact

In addition to the funding available to support your research, South West Doctoral Training Partnership students can benefit from a range of additional funding opportunities with a focus on collaboration and impact.  

If you’d like to explore funding options for one of your ideas, please do get in touch with the Collaboration Facilitator to arrange an informal discussion.  

For simplicity, the Student Led Collaboration, Student Cohort and Impact funds all use the same application form. 

Impact Funding

The Impact Fund provides students with the opportunity to engage in impact and knowledge-exchange projects with non-academic partners. The scheme aims to allow students to bring their research to a wider audience and new user groups. 

Students can apply for up to £1,000 to support impact projects which arise, sometimes unexpectedly, from PhD research. This fund looks to highlight the importance of the impact of Social Science research. 

Chloe Asker utilised this fund to run an 8-week mindfulness course. Read about how it went here. 

Student-Led Collaboration Funding

The SWDTP has ring-fenced funding for collaborative activities proposed and developed by our student communities. Funding of up to £5000 can be secured for a conference, event, workshop, network or other kind of activity. 

Student Cohort Building Fund

This fund is designed to support students in setting-up networking and research events. ESRC-funded students can apply for anywhere between £50 and £1,000 to support research events, cohort development and mixed social activities. These activities can be extended to the wider doctoral research community and you can apply in collaboration with your fellow students or individually, as Warren Speed did in order to hold a Christmas Party in Exeter

More Collaborative Activities

Collaboration is at the heart of the SWDTP. We facilitate lasting and meaningful ties between researchers and organisations (big or small); we share best-practice initiatives between five universities and we support student-led programmes The Open Review Journal and the Annual SWDTP Student Conference

Click here to read more about some of the fantastic collaborative initiatives that have been conceived by our students.