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Prizes, grants and other opportunities for funding your doctorate or your professional development

Funding your doctorate

The resources below provide information and opportunities for funding your doctorate and your research at Sussex.

PhD Scholarships and funding

See the university's PhD fees and scholarships pages for details of scholarships and other types of funding for your doctoral degree at Sussex. The comprehensive funding database tool allows you to search for funding opportunities according to your chosen subject and the region you are from. 

You can also find information about research funding, part-time work, funding for disabled students, and loans on the Fees and funding webpages.

Research Professional

The University subscribes to the Research Professional database, a comprehensive database of funding opportunities, where you can:

  • Search by a variety of criteria, e.g. Sponsor; Discipline; Award Type; Closing Date; Sponsor Country; Applicant Nationality
  • Get up-to-date Funding and Sector news, e.g. Research Fortnight; Research Fortnight Today; Research Europe; Research Europe Today
  • Find out about workgroup funding opportunities specific to you and your schools
  • Set-up email alerts for funding opportunities and/or research news
The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The University subscribes to the The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online. The Guide is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards to any student regardless of subject or nationality. The Guide contains a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance written by successful applicants, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application.

If you are a current University of Sussex student you can register for the Guide with your Sussex email address. If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has applied to Sussex, please use the following authentication PIN to register for the Guide: 6789


Funding your professional development

The following funds are designed to support your professional development as a researcher at Sussex. Opportunities include funding to present your research at an overseas conference; to organise your own professional development, public engagement or community activity for researchers; and an award for exceptional academic impact..

You can also use the the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding and Research Professional database to find external funding for conferences and travel.

Researcher-Led Initiative Fund

Our Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) fund supports peer-led professional development activities that benefit a broad range of researchers (across disciplines and career stages). Doctoral and early career researchers can apply for up to £750 to organise an initiatives under one of four themes: equality, diversity and inclusion; mental health and wellbeing; public engagement; or training and development.

Sussex Fund Doctoral Overseas Conference Grants

Sussex Fund Doctoral Overseas Conference Grants support University of Sussex doctoral researchers who are presenting their research at an overseas conference. Sussex doctoral researchers are able to apply for up to £1,000 during the period of their registration. During the pandemic, researchers are eligible to apply for online conference fees only to present at conferences within the UK as well as overseas.

The scheme is administered by the Researcher Development Team within the Doctoral School, who are able to offer this grant due to the generous funding provided by the Sussex Fund.

For more information, guidelines, and to apply, visit the Sussex Fund Doctoral Overseas Conference Grants page.

Lyle awards

The Lyle travel award supports Sussex PhD researchers engaged in dementia research for attendance at UK and international dementia research conferences, workshops or research placements.

Funding will be limited to £250 for any one application, and is limited to one award per student during the period of their registration. The Dementia Research Group may use its discretion to award less than the maximum amount.

The Lyle awards are administered by the Doctoral School on behalf of the University. The call for applications is now open on a rolling basis (with two awards likely per year) and applicants should apply at least one month before the event.

Applicants are asked to complete the attached form and return it to Amanda Britt in the Doctoral School, clearly marked as a Lyle Travel Award application.

Kindness UK Doctoral Conference Awards

Kindness UK is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to fostering kindness throughout society, and is working with the University of Sussex to promote research from any academic discipline that illuminates kindness and its effects on people and communities. Kindness UK would like to support dissemination of relevant research by doctoral students at national or international conferences.

Funding up to a maximum of £1,000 per successful applicant will be available to cover the costs of attending a conference where you will be presenting the research. Find out more about the Kindness UK Doctoral Conference Award.

Santander Travel Grants

Santander Travel Grants support doctoral supervisors to undertake visits to institutions within the Santander Network of 1,208 universities and research institutes in  Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Spain, USA, UK, UAE and Uruguay.

For more information, guidelines, and to apply, please visit the Santander Travel Grants page

The Adam Weiler Doctoral Impact Award

The Adam Weiler Doctoral Impact Award is available to exceptional researchers currently registered for a doctoral degree at Sussex who have demonstrated the potential to achieve outstanding academic impact in their field.

A top prize of £1,000 (to go towards the winner's research) is awarded per year. In 2021 we are introducing three further prizes of £500 for a runner up in each of the disciplines. Doctoral researchers can be nominated by their doctoral supervisor or the Director of Doctoral Studies in their School.

For more information, guidelines, and to apply, visit the Adam Weiler Doctoral Impact Award webpage.

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