There are several additional funding resources available for ESRC-funded students to access during the course of their PhD studies. These include the Overseas Institutional Visits (OIV), Overseas Fieldwork (OFW) and Difficult Language Training (DLT) funding strands, alongside the Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) and Student-led Internships.

All applications must be supported by the student’s supervisor and approved by the HEI Admin Lead for the host institution before submission. Students and supervisors are strongly encouraged to utilise the Training Needs Analysis (TNA) as a tool to identify training requirements and to plan and prepare for the year ahead.

Please refer to the ESRC Training Fund Guidance before completing your application. 

Research Training Support Grant

All ESRC-funded students are eligible for RTSG. This funding source is available to support expenses such as UK fieldwork, attendance of UK and EU conferences and summer schools and other costs deemed to be in direct support of your research. Further details on the types of cost covered can be found in the ESRC Training Fund Guidance. Please note you can now use RTSG funding to attend SGSSS events such as advanced training workshops and our Summer School (excluding ticket purchases). Any funds used towards SGSSS events will not count toward your £750 RTSG allocation. There are no longer set deadlines for RTSG, claims will be processed as they come in throughout the year.

Overseas Institutional Visits

This allowance represents a paid extension to your course of study for a visit, language training, attendance at relevant seminars or for research specific training, networking etc. not available in the UK. It was introduced by ESRC to support and encourage the international engagement of ESRC funded students.

Due to the limited nature of the Overseas Institutional Visits funding stream, the application process will be run as a competition from 2018/19 onwards. Candidates are advised to read the application requirements carefully. Please note that there are 2 deadlines per year.

Deadlines for 2019/20

17 April 2020

Overseas Fieldwork and Difficult Language Training

An additional allowance is available for ESRC-funded students who will undertake overseas fieldwork, and/or those who require language training in order to complete their studies. In both cases, this must have been outlined in your original research proposal for +3 (or doctoral) studentship holders, or before the commencement of the doctoral portion of the studies for those undertaking 1+3 study or similar. Please note that there are 3 deadlines per year.

Deadlines for 2019/20

24 January 2020
17 April 2020

Student-led Internships

ESRC-funded students in their second or third year may apply for funding for a 3-month PhD Internship with a non-academic partner organisation. The scheme helps to initiate collaborations or enhance existing relationships with business or industry partners in the public, private or third sector, and to enhance employability through the development transferable skills. We are looking for projects where students can use their research skills in new contexts and which offer tangible value to the host organisation. ESRC students will continue to receive their full stipend during the internship and will receive a three month funded extension to their studentship. Additional expenses of up to £2,400 can also be claimed to support travel or relocation costs in order to undertake the internship. We expect a percentage cash contribution from the partner organisation, please see the guidance for full details.