Founders Fund

If you’re a PhD student reaching the final stages of writing up your thesis this fund might be for you.

In light of current events we've doubled the number of grants available under the Founders Fund. We know that many of you are experiencing real hardship as you struggle to finish your PhD. In addition, applications have opened early this year, with no fixed deadline, so you can apply at any time.

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 (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.

There is no fixed deadline for these awards. You can submit a case at any time which will be considered by our Research sub-committee.

Decisions

You can expect to hear of the outcome of your application within two weeks of submission.

If you have any queries about this award, please contact our office: office@bisa.ac.uk

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