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Postgraduate Research Support Fund
October 2012 onwards

The RSF fund has been established to provide financial support for postgraduate students in the HaSS Faculty who wish to attend a conference in relation to their area of research. Applications will only be considered from postgraduate research students who are fully registered, and not in receipt of other sources of funding such as scholarship awards etc. Support is not an unconditional entitlement but is awarded on the basis of research development needs.

The conference must be recognised as a national or internal leader in the field of research and applicants would be expected to demonstrate how attendance at the conference will contribute to their research and/or their development as a researcher.  Applications must be supported by the applicants’ supervisor and are subject to approval by the RSF Panel.

All awards will be decided on the basis of the information provided, the merits of the case made by the applicant and the appropriate demonstration of support for the application.  Applications will not be considered unless they are submitted on the standard form and in advance of the intended date of travel.  Retrospective applications or applications that are submitted after final funding deadlines will not be considered.

More than one award may be approved to a student in any one academic year.

Eligibility

To obtain support from the fund, students must be :

Full-time doctoral students within years 1-3 of registration.
Part-time doctoral students within years 1-6 of registration.
Full-time MPhil students within years 1-2 of registration.
Part-time MPhil students within years 1-4 of registration.

Students in receipt of scholarships with research support attached are not eligible for support.

Students who are in writing up are not eligible for support.

Any student who registered for study before the academic session 2012/13 are not eligible for this funding stream and must apply for funding from the HaSS Postgraduate Research Activity Fund. Please check with the Graduate School if you are unsure which funding stream to apply for.

What support is available?

The Research Support Fund will provide financial assistance with travel, accommodation and fees for conference attendance.

The conference must be recognised as a national or international leader in the field of research. 

Applicants are expected to demonstrate how attendance at the conference will contribute to their research and/or their development as a researcher.

How do I receive a payment?

If your application is awarded you will be sent a confirmation email detailing the total amount of your award along with a copy of the University’s non-staff expense claim form to obtain reimbursement of your expenditure.

All payments are authorised when the student returns from their travel. No cash advance will be awarded.

If the conference organiser has a facility to request an invoice, the student can obtain an invoice made out to the University of Strathclyde and this will be paid directly to the conference organiser by the Graduate School.

Students must pay for all expenditure incurred up front and claim reimbursement of their expenses upon their return to the University.

Claims for reimbursement should be made to the HaSS Graduate School within one month of the date of travel. 

Only original receipts will be accepted as proof of purchase. Paypal receipts and photocopies are not acceptable.

Payments are made directly into your bank account approximately 10 working days from the claim is received by The Graduate School.

Further information on the University's policy for payment of expenses can be found here : http://www.strath.ac.uk/media/ps/finance/expenseclaims/Expenses_Policy.pdf

Submitting Your Application

Download the Research Support Fund Application Pack from here or email the Graduate School to request a pack : hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk

Applications must be supported by your supervisor and submitted to the Graduate School at least two months before the intended date of travel.

All applications must have an original signature - no electronic signatures will be accepted.

Applications can be submitted in person or posted to :

HaSS Graduate School
Room LH128
Lord Hope Building
Level 1
141 St James Road

Student Travel Grant

 The Student Travel Fund is operated by Research and Knowledge Services and provides up to £150 per financial year for travel to conferences where students will present a paper/poster.

Students must have matched funding from their department to be eligible for this award.  Any award authorised by the HaSS RSF can be used as evidence of your matched funding.

An application form and further guidance can be obtained from the Graduate School (hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk) or RKES (shona.cameron@strath.ac.uk).

HaSS Postgraduate Research Activity Support Fund

The Graduate School provides financial assistance to support postgraduate research and researcher development. These guidelines define the purposes for which support is available, student eligibility, the maximum amount of support, and the application process.

All eligible students may apply for postgraduate research support. Support is not an unconditional entitlement, however, but is awarded on the basis of research / researcher development needs. Applicants and their supervisors are therefore required to show how the activity for which support is sought contributes to the research and / or their development as researchers. Applications are subject to approval by the Graduate School, and may be referred to the Associate Dean (Postgraduate) for decision. Expenses claims must be accompanied by a report of around 400 words on the benefits of the activity to the student’s research / researcher development.

Please note that applications must be approved by the Graduate School before any expenditure commitments are made. Retrospective applications for support in respect of expenditures already entered into will not be considered. 

Eligible purposes
Travel to conduct research
Travel, accommodation and fees for conference attendance
Travel and fees for specialist research training which is not available within the University.

Eligible students
Full-time doctoral students within years 1-3 of registration
Part-time doctoral students within years 1-6 of registration
Full-time MPhil students within years 1-2 of registration
Part-time MPhil students within years 1-4 of registration

Students in receipt of studentships with research support attached are not eligible for support.

Maximum support
Full-time Doctoral and MPhil students £400 per student per annum
Part-time Doctoral and MPhil students £200 per student per annum

 Students may carry over unused support from one year to the next and are encouraged to plan their conference / training activity over the period of their degree.

Application for support
Download the  from here and submit to the Graduate School for further consideration by email to : hass-posgrad@strath.ac.uk.

Claims for the reimbursement of expenses should be made to the above address using the University non staff expense claim form : http://www.strath.ac.uk/media/ps/finance/forms/Non-uni_staff_expenses_claim_(updateable).pdf