Founders Fund

If you’re a PhD student reaching the final stages of writing up your thesis this fund might be for you. We usually give priority to those applicants who haven’t received any other funding. We also aim to help anyone who can demonstrate that the grant will help them to finish within the short to medium term (three to six months), and who receive strong support from their supervisors. The key criteria are:

  • the academic quality of the PhD research
  • the accuracy of the timetable for completion
  • financial need.

Grants are up to £500 and are intended to help with the direct costs incurred in the final stages of your thesis (e.g. fees, living or travel costs). You can’t use the grant to fund fieldwork trips and you can only apply once.

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How do I apply?

Application is via our online form. Before you start your application, you should put together the following: 

  • Thesis topic/research area including details of what the grant would be used for, and of existing sources of financial support (200 words)
  • A letter of support from your supervisor which must be signed and on university headed paper (max 200 words) The letter should:

         - introduce you and your supervisor
         - confirm your attitude to studying and research
         - detail your academic record and commitment
         - make the case for funding i.e. confirm there is no institutional or other                  funding available for you
         - confirm you’re still registered as a PhD student.

The deadline for application in 2019 was Friday 29 November. Applications are now closed until October 2020. 


After the deadline we may contact you to raise any matters that are unclear or to request missing documents. Applications will be considered by our Research sub-committee at its meeting in mid December each year. You’ll be notified of the outcome in January.

If you have any queries about this award, please contact our office:

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