Funding for Academics

The SWDTP offers funding not just to students and early career researchers, but also to academics. Not only that, but we’d love to hear about and report on the successes of academic colleagues affiliated with the SWDTP.

We have two pots of funding available for academics across our pathways and institutions, for both training and collaborative activities (even if you don’t currently supervise anyone within the SWDTP!)

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SWDTP Funding

Did you know we now have two pots of money available to you for training and cohort activities?


Higher Training Fund

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The purpose of the funding is to support staff to develop Higher Training activities and events within the SWDTP. Academic colleagues employed by one of the five SWDTP partners are eligible to apply for up to £1k; in exceptional circumstances we will fund more extensive programmes of work (up to £2k). To encourage an integrated approach, applications should be collaborative i.e. staff should liaise with colleagues at partner institutions within the SWDTP (Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Plymouth and UWE).

Higher Training can include a wide variety of activities, for instance: master classes in advanced quantitative and/or qualitative research skills, special lectures, seminars and master classes involving keynote guest speakers from other institutions (UK and/or worldwide), annual events bringing together students and staff from across the region.  It is additional to core training delivered within an individual SWDTP [doctoral training] pathway. Some higher training will be discipline or subject specific, whilst other training may have a wider application. What constitutes higher training will differ between discipline areas. A method or theory considered to be advanced in one area of social science, may be deemed to be core to another. Training must be at least one day in length. Training activities can be delivered face to face and/or through online routes.

For further details download the application form: Higher Training Application Form


Academic-led Collaboration Fund.

The SWDTP takes a broad interpretation of collaboration ranging from large innovative programmes to smaller bespoke activities, events and networks and encourages innovation and news ways of working. Proposals are normally up to £5k but in exceptional circumstances we will fund longer/larger-scale programmes of work (up to £10k). Co- or joint funding for events or activities is welcomed where possible.

Academic-led collaboration funding is particularly designed to encourage joint activities to be developed within and across SWDTP pathways, across disciplines, across institutions and (potentially) with external partners and organisations. This may include:

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  • workshops/events devised, developed & led by PGR students or experts in the field, on themes relevant to both disciplinary and inter-disciplinary working and future careers.
  • workshops/events that focus on themes relevant to the challenges and opportunities of working across disciplines and may include collaboration with the wider CDT and DTP community, to facilitate collaboration with disciplines beyond the social sciences and specific ESRC remits
  • collaborations between social scientists and organisations in the private, business, public and civic society sectors with the aim of furthering knowledge exchange and increasing research impact on policy and practice and promoting social science research to ‘non-traditional’ users.

Activities can be delivered face to face and/or through online routes.


For further details download the application form: SWDTP Academic Led Collaboration Application Form


One amazing example of use of the Academic-Led Collaboration Fund is the Standing Seminar in Critical Theory, lead by Dr Ana Dinerstein (Global Political Economy, University of Bath).

The SSCT initiative seeks to unite critical theorists within and across the SWDTP institutions, and in dialogue with external partners and organisations. The funding provide has been used to develop a multitude of different events wherein Critical Theory can be discussed.

You can find out more about the SSCT on their website here.


Got an idea for an event…

But not sure what funding you can apply for?

Then try our new Searchable Funding Guide to see the funding pots available to you and your students. Or, if you’d prefer, you could dowload the SWDTP Guide to Funding Pots or contact Molly Conisbee to discuss your ideas.