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St Cuthbert's Society

Research Grants

St Cuthbert’s Society recognises that postgraduate students increasingly need financial support for conferences and research trips, so a fund has been established to encourage and support such activities. We hope over time to increase the value of the fund with help from alumni.

Type of Grant Available

We invite applications for grants of up to £250 from postgraduate students of Durham University who are registered as members of St Cuthbert’s Society. The grant is designed to offer postgraduate students financial support to facilitate their research through fieldwork, research trips or conference attendance. Students are entitled to receive one grant during each year of study, but multiple applications may be made. The activities to be supported should not be a compulsory part of your course and should not be fully funded from other sources.

How to apply

Grants will be allocated each term. Please complete the Research Grant application form and return it no later than Friday 10th October, addressed to the Principal, Professor Elizabeth Archibald. Please note that in order for your application to be considered you are expected to provide confirmation of the activity to be undertaken in the form of receipts and/or acceptance letters. You may continue the application form on extra sheets if necessary.

Guidance on Completing Your Application

Writing successful grant applications is a critically important part of academic enterprise, and a major skill to acquire. Success depends on clarity, brevity and effective communication, which we will be looking for here. Remember that your application will be assessed by non-specialists, so it is important that you make it very clear what you are studying and exactly how the event for which you are applying for support will benefit your studies. Competition is strong, and therefore the more clear and concise you can be, the greater your chances of success. We would like to know: 

  • the title of your research project and a brief outline;
  • details of the activity/event you plan to attend;
  • whether or not it has the endorsement of your academic department; 
  • exactly how it will benefit your studies.

You should also make it clear what the total cost of the planned activity will be (e.g. travel, accommodation, subsistence, conference registration, bench fees); what you are applying for from Cuth’s and what this will cover; and what other sources (including private/personal) will be necessary to facilitate the activity. Make it clear which of these have been secured already, and which are being applied for.

Assessment of the Applications

A panel consisting of the Principal (Chair), the Deputy Principal, the Assistant Principal (Student Support) and a SCR member will assess the applications. We will aim to notify applicants of the outcome via email within two weeks of the application deadline.

Follow up

If you receive a Cuth’s research grant, you are expected to provide a short written report of your activities within a month of your return, and this will be made publicly available on the college website and other media. You are also expected to contribute to the programme of Research Fora or to share your experience through other JCR and/or SCR activities.