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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).

We have a Connections Community to help PGRs find others who would like to apply for funding.  To join the community, click here.

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):

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.*

Application process:

Applications should be made using the application form available to down load under ‘Related Resources’ at the end of this page. Please submit the completed form via e-mail to or fax (02920 870186) but we also require electronic signatures from two academic referees (one being your Director of Postgraduate Research Studies). If you are unable to get signatures from your referees, we are happy to accept an email of support from them instead. 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), and evidence of a cross-School constituency. Applicants must also provide a detailed budget, including costs for publicity, catering and simultaneous translation, where applicable. 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:

Assessment criteria:

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

Selection process:

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.

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.

Application deadlines:

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 two weeks of the review meeting.

Application Review Meeting Dates: Submit Application By:
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 ( or telephone 02920 (8)79408.

 Related resources:

  PGR Initiative Funding Application Notes - English and Welsh (172.0 Kb, 60 downloads)

  PGR Initiative Funding FAQs - English and Welsh (217.9 Kb, 64 downloads)

  PGR Initiatives Application Form (English) (31.7 Kb, 369 downloads)

  PGR Initiatives Application Form (Welsh) (46.5 Kb, 244 downloads)

  Interim Report Template (English) (28.5 Kb, 48 downloads)

  Interim report template (Welsh) (28.8 Kb, 44 downloads)

  End of Project Report (English) (29.4 Kb, 61 downloads)

  End of Project Report (Welsh) (29.3 Kb, 61 downloads)

*Please contact Dr Afia Ahmed (, tel 029 2087908) to discuss your application.


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