PGR Conference Guidelines - Current Research Students - University of Derby

PGR Conference Fund 2016-17

The University Research Office recognises the importance of giving oral or poster presentations at conferences and for this reason has increased the PGR Conference Fund to assist self-funded postgraduate research students. A total of £10,000 is available for 2016-17.

Completed forms should be sent to Maria Photiou Evidence of acceptance to participate at the conference (e.g. an email from the organiser) is required.

There are 3 competition rounds for 2016-17. Applications should be made in advance of the conference taking place.

Deadline for round 1: noon, 10 October 2016

Deadline for Round 2: noon, 10 February 2017

Deadline for Round 3: noon, 10 June 2017

An assessment panel will assess the applications and normally, all applicants should be informed of the decision within one month of the deadline.


  • Only students who have successful completed their RD5 are eligible to apply.
  • PGR students who hold a bursary or a studentship are not eligible to apply.
  • PGR students who are members of staff are not eligible to apply.
  • All applicants need to be supported to attend the conference by their supervisors.
  • Successful applicants will receive a contribution to travel, conference fees and accommodation costs up to a maximum of £250 for UK conferences and up to a maximum of £500 for overseas conferences. Applicants are expected to obtain the remaining funding from other sources. It is to be hoped that Colleges will support their students by matching the award.
  • Conference awards will be decided on the basis of the relevance to the doctorate, future research plans and  status of the conference (e.g. refereed).
  • Candidates who are successful in obtaining a PGR Conference Fund will be expected to present their research at one of the UoD research events within 6 months of the date the award have been granted.
  • Applications need to be made in advance of the conference taking place (providing evidence that the conference submission has been accepted). Retrospective applications will not be considered.
  • Applicants need to prove they have had their submission accepted at a related conference to their research area (not merely attending the conference).
  • Successful applicants can only apply once per academic year.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.