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CDS Funding Opportunities

Centre Funding Grants

Registered PhD students are able to apply to the Centre's Fieldwork Funding Grant which is a maximum of £500 pounds, and the Conference Grant which is £250.

This is done on a refund basis only and you will need to provide valid receipts to support your claim. These sums are per student for the entire length of their PhD, but as many applications as necessary can be made, until the total sum is exhausted. 

Fill in the relevant application form and return it, together with your receipts to the PhD Administrator Élise Lapaire for approval. 

You should then receive a cheque within a few weeks.

Fieldwork Grant Application Form

Conference Grant Application Form

Other sources of funding

College may also have funding which can be applied for, so do check with your college tutor regarding this. 


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