Are you looking for funding for your research or to run an event? The SWDTP has a wide range of funding pots to support your academic research and collaborative, cohort building, impact and placement activities. If you’ve got an idea but you’re not sure where to apply for funding, why not check out our Searchable Funding Guide or SWDTP Guide to Funding Pots? There’s funding for SWDTP Students, Non-SWDTP Students and Academic Colleagues, so take a look!
If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, send an email through to the SWDTP Enquiries Mailbox or fill in our contact form and we’ll be in touch to talk through your ideas!
Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)
RTSG is available to all ESRC funded students to support your research. It can be used for UK based fieldwork, attendance at conferences, training courses or other similar events and purchasing books and small items of equipment. Students also have the opportunity to apply for a one-off, fully costed, RTSG top-up. Please refer to the guidance notes for further details.
Download RTSG Guidance Notes
Download RTSG Top-Up Application Form
Overseas Fieldwork Allowance (OFA)
Funding is available to support ESRC funded students to meet the additional costs of undertaking fieldwork outside of the UK. Please refer to the guidance notes for further details.
Download OFA Guidance Notes
Download OFA Application Form
Download OFA End of Visit Report
Overseas Institutional Visit (OIV)
Funding is available to support ESRC funded students to visit a Higher Education Institution or and organisation conducting substantive research, outside of the UK for a maximum of 13 weeks. Please refer to guidance notes for further details.
Download OIV Guidance Notes
Download OIV Application Form
Download OIV End of Visit Report
Difficult Language Training (DLT)
Funding is available to support ESRC funded students undertake specialist language training relating fieldwork. The need for the training must have been indicated on your original studentship application. Please refer to guidance notes for further information.
Eimear McLoughlin is currently undertaking her fieldwork in Denmark, so needed a better understanding of the language. Read about her DLT and how it’s impacted her research.
Download DLT Guidance Notes
Download DLT Application Form
Download DLT End of Visit Report
Student Placements and Internships
The SWDTP Placement Scheme offers ESRC funded students the opportunity to get work experience of up to six months in a relevant partner organisation. This can benefit your research as well as helping to enhance your CV and future employment prospects. All ESRC-funded doctoral students are eligible to take part.
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.
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 £1000 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.
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.