ESRC TRAINING FUNDS
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 ERSC training funds guidance found in the Student Handbook 2020/21 before completing your application.
Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)
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 costs covered can be found in the Student Handbook. Please note you can now also submit expense claims for costs associated with attending SGSSS events, such as advanced training workshops and our Summer School (excluding ticket purchases). Any funds used towards SGSSS events will not count towards your notional RTSG allowance of £750 per academic year (full-time students). There are no longer set deadlines for RTSG, claims will be processed as they come in throughout the year.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, applications for non-travel related RTSG claims, or UK based travel only, can be submitted at this time.
Overseas Institutional Visits (OIV)
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 runs as a competition. Candidates are advised to read the application requirements carefully. Please note that there are two deadlines per year.
We are hoping to recommence the OIV competition in October 2021 for visits in the first half of 2022. Full application guidance will be available later in the summer. In the meantime, you may wish to refer to our previous guidance (SGSSS Student Handbook), whilst noting that there are likely to be some additional requirements related to COVID-19 mitigation.
Dependent on how the Covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions develop, OIV application windows will be reviewed for viability. Furthermore, any approved visits are subject to cancellation if travel restrictions remain in place.
Remaining Deadlines for 2020/21
15 October 2020 and 16 April 2021
Overseas Fieldwork (OFW) and Difficult Language Training (DLT)
An additional allowance is available for ESRC-funded students who will undertake overseas fieldwork, and/or those who require an extension to undertake difficult language training, in order to complete their studies. In both cases, this should have been outlined in your original research proposal and/or application. Please note, as of July 2021 there are no longer set deadlines for OFW and DLT as claims will be processed as they come in throughout the year.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will only award funding to those students who meet a strict set of criteria. For details, please see Q2.1 within the ‘Training and Travel Funds’ section of our COVID-19 FAQs here.
Should you wish to submit an OFW or DLT application, please download these on the right, submitting them to email@example.com for review. As a reminder, you must apply for OFW and/or DLT at least three months in advance of your intended travel dates.
ESRC Student-led Internships
SGSSS offers PhD researchers the opportunity to apply for funding for an internship with an organisation of your choice.
The internship would need to last for 3 months (full-time) or 6 months (part-time). Applicants need to identify the partner organisation they would like to work with, collaborate on a project proposal, and then submit this proposal to the SGSSS.
This scheme is a great opportunity to build networks with an organisation of your choosing. The process of applying for the internship will also provide experience of pitching for funding with a collaborative partner.
Throughout the internship, PhD researchers received a stipend equivalent to UKRI doctoral stipend levels. The SGSSS also supports PhD researchers with up to £2,400 expenses.
To find out more about this scheme, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org