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Centre for Academic, Researcher & Organisation Development

Awards, Grants and Competitions


The Durham University Learning and Teaching Award provides an opportunity to develop and enhance your practice in learning and teaching. The programme is open to all postgraduate research students, post-docs and part-time teaching staff who have taught in Durham for a minimum of 6hours in the current academic year. Successful completion of the programme leads to the University award and also to Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, the UK professional body for teaching and learning in higher education.

Conference and Event Grants

Applications are invited from individual and teams of doctoral researchers at Durham University responsible for organising short-term, well-defined conferences and events of a subject-specific, interdisciplinary or generic nature. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a high level of PGR involved, i.e. we normally expect at least a third of the presentations to be given by postgraduate researchers. Applicants should submit the application form below in which they will be asked to describe their proposed project, explain its relevance for the potential audience, justify the expenditure requested and provide a time-line for the completion of the project. The maximum level of award is £500 per conference or event. We have an open call for proposals, with those considered by the dates below recieving news on the outcome of their proposal within a 6 week timescale.

Proposal Received By

19th March 2018

22nd May 2018

20th November 2018

Please contact us under if you are planning to hold a conference before that deadline.

Please return completed forms, by email or post, to:

Carolyn McAlhone
Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (CAROD)
The Palatine Centre
Stockton Road

In addition to funding, Centre for Academic, Researcher and Organisation Development can provide:

  • project management support
  • equipment on loan, including poster boards, flip charts and delegate name badges

Applications will be considered by the Conference and Event Grants Panel and the results published within three weeks of the submission date. Doctoral researchers who wish to submit an application should discuss their ideas and submission with their supervisor(s) and other key stakeholders prior to making an application. CAROD can provide feedback on pre-application project ideas and outlines.


Times Higher Education Awards

Durham University has won a prestigious national award for its work supporting young researchers. The Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers award was presented by the Times Higher Education magazine at its annual award ceremony in London.