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Funding for graduate students

Funding for Graduate Students

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Information about funding for prospective students can be found here.

 

The Faculty has various funding pots available for our graduate students, whether you are looking for funds to cover fieldwork funding, attending a conference, or to undertake archival research or specialist training.  These include:

  • Conference Attendance Fund
  • Specialist /Archival Research Training Fund
  • Student-organised Conference Fund
  • Interdisciplinary workshops on collaborative research
  • Fieldwork Fund
  • Maitland Fund for legal history research
  • Funding for tuition fees, living expenses
  • Faculty Trust Funds

and can be located below, along with details about funding for tuition fees or living expenses and Faculty Trust Funds

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Conference Attendance Fund

Purpose: This fund makes a small contribution (£100) towards the cost of conference attendance, e.g. travel and/or accommodation and/or conference registration costs.

Conference costs applied for have to take place between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019. Retrospective applications will only be considered if they fall within these dates, but we advise students to apply in advance. Only one award per year per student from this fund..

Max award: £120 or less, so students are encouraged to apply for all other sources of funding that might support their training activity. Once awards have been made all expenses claims, including receipts, must be submitted by 31 July 2019 at the absolute latest.

Eligibility: 1st to 3rd year History PhD students;

The following are not eligible: 4th year PhD students,

AHRC/ESRC-funded students (since they have access to similar funds from their DTP), MPhil students.

How to apply: Applications should include:

* completed moodle application form;

*100 word statement describing the research activity and how it relates to your PhD and any other supporting information;

* supporting statement from your supervisor (This can take the form of an email sent separately to degree.committee@hist.cam.ac.uk)

Closing dates: for all documents including supervisor statements

Round 1 -  4 pm, 30 Nov 2018

Round 2 -  4 pm, 28 Feb 2019

Round 3 -  4 pm, 30 May 2019

Outcome: we anticipate applicants will be notified within 3 weeks of the closing date

Alternative Sources of Funding: many conferences offer bursaries or discounts to help graduate students attend, so check with the organisers. Colleges and historical associations also often have funds available to support conference attendance.

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Specialist /Archival Research Training Fund

Purpose: This fund makes a contribution (up to £200) to students engaging in specialist research-related training, e.g. on paleography, oral history, or specialist languages for which there is no college or University Language Centre support.1 Alternatively the fund can make a contribution towards short visits to archives.

Training or visits applied for have to take place between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019. Retrospective applications will only be considered if they fall within these dates, but we advise students to apply in advance. Only one award per year per student from this fund.

The maximum awarded will be £200, so students are encouraged to apply for all other sources of funding that might support their training activity.

Once awards have been made, all expenses claims, including receipts, must be submitted by 31 July 2019 at the absolute latest.

Eligibility: 1st to 3rd year History PhD students,  1st year PhD students may apply to undertake archival training activities that take place on dates after they have completed**, and passed**, the Registration Assessment Exercise.

 ** The Faculty Accounts Office will liaise with the Graduate Offices to ascertain registration assessment outcomes before releasing monies; students will receive official communication about registration assessment outcomes toward the end of Easter Term and/or throughout the summer vacation.

 The following are not eligible: 4th year PhD students, AHRC/ESRC-funded students (since they have access to similar funds from their DTP), MPhil students.

How to apply: Applications should include:

* completed moodle application form

* 100 word statement describing the research activity and how it relates to your PhD and any other supporting information;

* specialist languages: evidence that no support available, see point above;

*  a short statement from your supervisor confirming their support for the application (This can take the form of an email sent separately to degree.committee@hist.cam.ac.uk)

Closing dates: for all documents including supervisor statements

Round 1 -  4 pm, 30 Nov 2018

Round 2 -  4 pm, 28 Feb 2019

Round 3 -  4 pm, 30 May 2019

Outcome: we anticipate applicants will be notified within 3 weeks of the closing date

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Student-Organised Conference Fund

Purpose: For graduate students to organise a one or two day conference; applications may be single student-led or subject-specific and conferences with a thematic organisation are encouraged. Whichever type of application is submitted, the Conference application should demonstrate how it will allow as wide a variety of students to participate and benefit within the Conference; training activity to occur before 31 July 2018;

Max award £2,000 or less; students are encouraged to apply for all other sources of funding that might support their training activity; CRASSH may be able to provide other funding opportunities; all expenses claims must be submitted by 31 July 2018 at the absolute latest.

Eligibility: restricted to 2nd and 3rd year History PhD students, AHRC/ESRC-funded students can apply, but conference organizers must include students not funded by research councils, and priority may be given to conferences organized by students who cannot apply for Research Council support.

The following are not eligible: M.Phil students,  1st and 4th year PhD students

How to apply: Applications should include:

* completed moodle application form;

along with the following sent to degree-committee@hist.cam.ac.uk, subject line: student-organised conference fund:

* Abstract (to be used for publicity purposes – max. 300 words);

*  Theme and Rationale of the Conference  (Max 1 page);

*  Format and Organisation (Max 1 Page);

*  Costings (Max 2 Pages);

* supporting statement from supervisor(s) (sent separately to degree-committee@hist.cam.ac.uk, subject line: student-organised conference fund)

Closing dates: for all documents including supervisor statements

1 Round only  -  4 pm, 30 Nov 2017

Outcome: we anticipate applicants cannot be notified until early January 2018 as the School of Humanities and Social Sciences has to approve successful conferences to proceed.  Not all applicants will be successful; no arrangements should be undertaken until a successful outcome is received.

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Interdisciplinary workshops on collaborative research

Purpose:  The Faculty invites applications for funding under the Interdisciplinary workshops on collaborative research scheme. Workshops should focus on bringing together different disciplines and methods into conversation with each other. Workshops bridging disciplinary boundaries could focus on a period, case or process, or aim more broadly to discuss research cultures, approaches and methodologies. The workshop must be scheduled within the period February 2018 to mid-July 2018. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr P Ramos Pinto, dgs@hist.cam.ac.uk, to discuss and develop proposals ahead of submission.

Max award: up to £2,000; all expenses claims must be submitted by 31 July 2018 at the absolute latest.

How to apply: applications should consist of a team of at least three named graduate students, across subject areas (and can include students in other faculties), to lead the workshop; and should include:

•         a completed moodle application form

along with the following sent to degree-committee@hist.cam.ac.uk, subject line: interdisciplinary workshops:

•         One page rationale/proposal;

•         One page budget outline;

•         One page schedule

•         supporting statement from your supervisors (sent separately to degree-committee@hist.cam.ac.uk, subject line: interdisciplinary workshops)

Eligibility: restricted to 2nd and 3rd year History PhD students; AHRC/ESRC funded students can apply, but workshop organizers must include students not funded by research councils

The following are not eligible: MPhil students,1st and 4th year PhD students.

Closing dates: for all documents including supervisor statements

1 Round only  -  4 pm, 30 Nov 2017

Outcome: we anticipate applicants will be notified within 3 weeks of the closing date

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Fieldwork Funding

Please see:

https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/graduate-students/graduate-funding/fieldwork-funding-faculty-of-history

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Maitland Fund

For legal history research.  For more details, please see:

https://www.law.cam.ac.uk/research-link/financial-support-research

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Funding for Tuition Fees or Living Expenses

Funding available for current students is limited as students are expected to have their finances in place before they start their course however there may be some small part-cost bursaries or Research Council awards available for current students. If you are searching for funding we recommend that you check the Cambridge Student's webpage on Funding. These pages have information about funding opportunities for current students, as well as a useful tool search tool to help find available funding.  

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Faculty Trust Funds

The Faculty has a number of studentships, grants and prize awards available for our graduate students. Some are subject specific and others are awarded for exceptional performance and they are all administered by the Accounts Team here at the Faculty. Full information about the funds can be found on the Account's Office's webpages on Trust Funds.