SWRC Funding call for applications now OPEN!

Student funding now available

Call for applications – South-West Research Cooperative (SWRC) – Funding for Short-Term Collaborative Postgraduate Research

The SWRC is a student-led venture, funded by the ESRC that facilitates collaboration between postgraduate students and community groups in a short-term research capacity. The SWRC has previously funded a diverse array of projects including: Bristol Nightstop (charity for the homeless), Rethink (mental health charity), and Exeter Mosque. The exact nature of the project is to be decided by you in collaboration with a contact at your chosen community group.

After four successful funding rounds, the SWRC is again offering this opportunity. Funding is available to all postgraduate students at the University of Bristol, University of Bath, University of Exeter, UWE and Plymouth University. You do not have to be a social sciences student, but the work must have a social science and community focus. The only other criteria are:

  • That the collaboration is of a short-term nature, lasting no more than five days (although these can be spread out and do not have to be consecutive)
  • That the project conducted is with a partner organisation local to the South West
  • That the project has clear benefits to the local community

The funding enables students to be financially compensated for the time that they put into the project, at a rate of £75 per day. Therefore, a maximum of £375 may be applied for. To apply, please complete the short application form and return it to us before the deadline.

The deadline for applications is Friday 2nd February 2018.

Successful requests shall be informed of the outcome two weeks following the deadline. Please note that if you have previously applied you can re-apply with a new proposal or an updated version of a previously unsuccessful proposal.

If you have any questions or if you would like to apply, please send us an email at this address: swrcooperative@gmail.com


Highlight call for UoB registered students – Brigstow Institute

The SWRC has also secured a small pot of funding from the University of Bristol’s Brigstow Institute to offer Bristol-registered postgraduate students the opportunity to work in collaboration with a range of organisations across the city and beyond. The criteria are the same as those given above but should fit with Brigstow’s key values where the focus is on new ideas, experimentation and new ways of working within the theme of human experience and living well. Aimed particularly (but not exclusively) at those working across the social sciences, arts and humanities disciplines, projects should engage with one or more of Brigstow’s research themes:

  • living well with technology
  • living well with difference
  • living well with uncertainty
  • just plain old living well!

If you wish to apply please tick the box on the application form and explain how your application meets the criteria for this highlight call.

Call for members 

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a genuinely student-run scheme providing real impact with a light time commitment. The SWRC is run by postgraduate students across the five universities that make up the SWDTP. If you’re interested in joining us to help run the SWRC, we are currently asking for expressions of interest – just send us an email (swrcooperative@gmail.com) with a few details such as your home institution, pathway, year of study etc. We will then be in contact to discuss details further.

All the best!

Download the Application Form here: SWRC – Project Application Form 17