How to Apply
Funding to support PGR Interdisciplinary Activities
Applications are invited for funding (up to £1,000 per project) to support interdisciplinary academic activities which will bring postgraduate research students together from different subject areas. To support this aim, the application must be made by co-applicants from two different Schools (or from two distinct departments within a School where applicable).
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Themes for activities should be wide enough to promote cross-disciplinary representation. Activities must be organised by and for postgraduate research students.
Examples of activities that may be supported include (not an exhaustive list):
- Themed forum
- Reading Groups
- Seminar Series
- Networking meetings
- Short visits by scholars to Cardiff
This fund is not for the purpose of supporting individual student’s travel or conference attendance.
Activities that are currently in existence or are recurring annual events or previously funded student-led activities will not be funded
Applications for follow-on activities will be considered under exceptional circumstances.*
There will be two rounds for the competition, one in January and one in June.
Applications should be made using the application form available to down load under ‘Related Resources’ at the end of this page. You can submit the completed form via e-mail to UGC@cf.ac.uk or fax (02920 870186) but we also require signatures from two academic referees (one being your Director of Postgraduate Research Studies). Electronic signatures are acceptable. If you are unable to get signatures from your referees, we are happy to accept an e-mail of support from them instead. Hard copy forms can be sent via the internal mail, or hand delivered to the University Graduate College Office, Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road. You can also find answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive about the scheme, here.
In no more than 500 words, applicants are asked to provide an account of the nature of the activity, who will benefit from it, how the activity will be carried out, previous activities (if any), plans for future activities (if any), evidence of a cross-School constituency, and a proposed budget. Applications should include details of any funding applied for or received from other sources. They should also state who will organise the events and whether there will be a steering committee.
Interested students should discuss their plans with relevant teaching/research staff in the areas involved, and provide the name and email address of one Cardiff referee. Applicants are also encouraged to contact the Deputy Dean of the UGC (Professor Kenneth Wann) to arrange a preliminary discussion.
The maximum amount to be applied for is £1,000. Support will include administrative assistance with publicity as well as use of the University Graduate College meeting room. Activities must be publicised under the aegis of the University Graduate College rather than via individual academic Schools. Applicants must nominate one of their home Schools to manage the account and attain approval from the School Manager. The University Graduate College staff can provide assistance with email circulars to academic Schools and space on the University Graduate College website. Please note that Welsh translation of publicity materials must be paid for out of the grant or by one of the Schools involved.
Funding eligibility criteria:
- Applications must be made by postgraduate research students (PhD, MD, Professional Doctorate, MPhil or MRes), Taught Masters students are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants must have a current, student candidate status at the point of application and during the activity implementation period. (This scheme is not generally intended for staff candidates.)
- The proposed activity must be planned to be completed within one calendar year of receipt of the award.
- Applications must include details of an active co-applicant from a different School/department to the principal applicant.
Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:
That the proposed activity clearly meets the objectives of the scheme in being student-led and having cross-discipline appeal.
- The strength of evidence for how the proposed activity will impact on the experience of postgraduate research students at Cardiff University across a number of academic Schools. This includes the impact on those involved in the organisation of the activity and the impact on participants.
- That the proposal is value for money, which can be demonstrated by the number of students likely to benefit from the proposed activity.
- The quality of the application itself, including the financial breakdown.
- In addition to these key criteria, the Panel will also take account of the degree of originality and innovation and elements of knowledge exchange and public engagement.
Applications are considered by a selection panel which includes the Dean and Deputy Dean of the University Graduate College and Senior members of UGC staff. We will aim to notify you of the result via email within four weeks of the closing date.
Successful applicants will be expected to provide interim reports and an end of project report on their activities and expenditure. The details of the reporting will be supplied with confirmation of the award. The funding panel will not authorise any additional top-up funding to applicants following this round. All unused funds must be returned to the University Graduate College.
We have a rolling programme where applicants can submit at their convenience. Noted below are dates of when the application review meetings will take place throughout the year. In order for your application to be reviewed at a particular date, please ensure you submit your application by a date suggested under the column entitled ‘Submit Application By’. You will be notified of the outcome of your application within one week of the review meeting.
|Application Review Meeting Dates:||Submit Application by:|
|Friday 01 November 2013||Monday 21 October 2013|
|Friday 29 November 2013||Monday 18 November 2013|
|Friday 31 January 2014||Monday 20 January 2014|
|Friday 28 February 2014||Monday 17 February 2014|
|Friday 28 March 2014||Monday 17 March 2014|
|Friday 25 April 2014||Monday 14 April 2014|
|Friday 23 May 2014||Monday 12 May 2014|
|Thursday 19 June 2014||Monday 09 June 2014|
|Friday 18 July 2014||Monday 07 July 2014|
If you have any questions, please email Dr Afia Ahmed in the University Graduate College (UGC@cf.ac.uk) or telephone 02920 (8)79408.
PGR Initiative Funding Guidance Notes (English) (35.5 Kb, 201 downloads)
PGR Initiative Funding Guidance Notes (Welsh) (39.2 Kb, 150 downloads)
PGR Initiative Funding FAQs (English & Welsh) (52.7 Kb, 211 downloads)
PGR Initiatives Application Form (English) (31.7 Kb, 314 downloads)
PGR Initiatives Application Form (Welsh) (46.5 Kb, 206 downloads)
*Please contact Dr Afia Ahmed (UGC@cf.ac.uk, tel 029 2087908) to discuss your application.