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Research Training Support Grant

SeNSS students have access to the Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). This can provide funding for activities deemed to be in direct support of a student’s research.

Examples of activities that RTSG can support include:

  • UK Fieldwork Expenses 
  • Conferences and summer schools
  • Language training courses usually undertaken in the UK prior to an overseas fieldwork trip
  • Reimbursement of interpreters, guides, assistants
  • Survey costs, e.g. printing, stationary
  • Books and other reading material not available online or through libraries

Am I eligible?

All ESRC funded students are eligible, including part-time and fees only award holders, but funding will only be considered once the annual Training Needs Analysis form has been completed.  Please note applications can only be made during the funded period of your award.  

How to apply.

  1. Complete the SeNSS RTSG Form with statement and signature from your supervisor. This should be done before you incur the expenditure.
  2. Email the form to including details of the amount you want to apply for and what you intend to spend the money on. Include evidence of the costs, such as quotations or screen shots.
  3. We will let you know if your application for RTSG is approved or if any amendments need to be made. Since the funds are limited we cannot commit to always meeting the expenses for which you claim.
  4. If your application is approved you should keep receipts of your expenes, complete a Student Expenses Claim form and submit this with the receipts by email to .
  5. Expense forms can only be accepted if they are submitted within three months of incurring the expenditure.


Foreign Travel 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions all students wishing to travel abroad must consult the Government website and the University Insurance for advice before travel. In accordance with FCO guidance, only trips deemed essential by the University will be insured.

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