Placements and Training


Student Placements & Internships
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The SWDTP Placement Scheme offers you the opportunity to get work experience of up to six months in a relevant UK based partner organisation. This can benefit your research as well as helping to enhance your CV and future employment prospects.  All SWDTP-funded doctoral students are eligible to take part. It is not usually possible to arrange a placement during an MRes year.


Training And Events
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The SWDTP provides many opportunities for its students to attend events and training courses. These can be found in our monthly newsletter. We also keep our training and events calendar updated with opportunities from our partners institutions for their students.


Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)
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RTSG is available to all 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)
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Funding is available to support students to meet the additional costs of undertaking fieldwork outside of the UK. Please refer to the guidance notes for further details.

Max Roger Taylor, utilised the OFA to travel to Brussels and Beijing to conduct EU research fieldwork. Read about his trip to Brussels here and his trip to Beijing here.

Download OFA Guidance Notes

Download OFA Application Form

Download OFA End of Visit Report


Overseas Institutional Visit (OIV)
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Funding is available to support 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.

Miriam Cohen visited South Africa for her OIV. Read about her visit here to see what an OIV entails and its benefits to your studies.

Download OIV Guidance Notes

Download OIV Application Form

Download OIV End of Visit Report


Difficult Language Training (DLT)
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Funding is available to support 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