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Sussex Fund Doctoral Overseas Conference Grants


As a temporary measure that will be kept under review, we are reopening the Doctoral Overseas Conference Grant to applications for online conference registration fees only. We are temporarily expanding the scheme for conferences in the UK as well as overseas.

Please see the University's pages on coronavirus for up-to-date guidance for PGRs.


Sussex Fund Doctoral Overseas Conference Grants support University of Sussex doctoral researchers who are presenting their research at a conference - temporarily, this includes UK as well as overseas conferences. While under normal circumstances researchers are able to apply for a maximum of £1,000 during the period of their registration, we will consider applications for online conferences that take you over the £1,000 threshold at the moment. 

The DOC 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.

Application Form and Guidance

Applications are invited from doctoral researchers who do not have access to a Research Training Support Grant, and applicants must be registered for a doctoral degree at Sussex University. The application must be made prior to submission of your thesis.

Applicants are strongly advised to read through the updated guidance notes carefully before submitting an application, and to increase the likelihood of a successful award. Please ensure that you submit your application at least four weeks in advance of the conference start date.

Award Criteria and Further Information

Funding applications will be considered by members of the Doctoral Studies Committee. In allocating the awards the following criteria will be used:

  • Funding status of applicant 
  • Quality of application 
  • Conference profile and suitability (including evidence that you are presenting at the conference)
  • Signed Supervisor’s supporting statement 

The proposed budget must be evidenced - please see the guidance notes for further information. Payment is for conference fees only. Expenses for membership fees or subsistence are not included. 

Payment will be in the form of reimbursement. Documentary evidence, in the form of receipts, must be provided to Researcher Development in order for payment to be released.

If you have any queries, please e-mail

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