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Graduate School

Research Training Support Grant RTSG Policy

Many PhD studentship are given with some extra support towards the PhD research costs in the form of a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG).

The values of RTSG, and the items that are eligible for claiming on RTSG grants differ depending on a variety of factors such as, the funder (most commonly which specific Research Council), the specific studentship grant the student is on.

Most Research Council UK (RCUK) RTSG expenditure rules include statements along the lines of “Research Organisation Discretion”. In this context, the Research Organisation means the grant holder, which is Durham University (or where there is a RCUK collaboration between Universities, the lead organisation). The discretion of the organisation is exercised at Durham University through the “Scholarships, Fees and Awards Advisory Group” (SFAAG).

SFAAG have considered and approved the following paper which outlines which items are eligible for RTSG expenditure:

Academics or Departments that wish to propose a modification to the RTSG policy should contact the Postgraduate Funding team in the Scholarships and Student Funding Office (SSFO) in the first instance Students suggesting changes should contact their supervisor.

The submission should detail the source of the change of RCUK guidance, which the Research Organisation should now consider with respect to its policy. SSFO will then correspond with the Postgraduate Coordination Group so that a determination can be made if a change in policy is appropriate.

The Postgraduate Coordination Group have the on-going remit with SFAAG to ensure that the RTSG policy is submitted annually (with any relevant amendments) to SFAAG and Research Committee for approval.

The RTSG policy outlines what items are permissible to be claimed from the Research Training Support Grant, and does not seek to determine the academic needs of the student.