Doctoral School

Doctoral Overseas Conference Grant

The Doctoral Overseas Conference (DOC) grant supports Sussex doctoral researchers who are presenting at an overseas conference. Sussex doctoral researchers are able to apply for up to £1,000 during the period of their registration. 

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

Calls for applications

There will be three call dates in 2016/2017:

  • 10th October - 6th January
  • 16th January - 7th April
  • 19th April - 16th June

Application form and Guidance

Applications from doctoral researchers who are self funded will be prioritised, and applicants must be registered for a doctoral degree at Sussex University. The DOC application must be made prior to submission of your thesis.

Applicants are strongly advised to carefully read through the guidance notes before submitting an application, and to increase the likelihood of a successful award.

The proposed budget must be evidenced and reasonable and as detailed as possible - please see the guidance notes for further information.

Payment includes a contribution towards travel costs, accommodation and conference fees only. Expenses for visas or subsistence are not included.

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

Criteria for awards

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 (applications from self-funded doctoral researchers will be prioritised)
  • Quality of application (including clear and evidenced break-down of your budget)
  • Conference profile and suitability (including evidence that you are presenting at the conference)
  • Signed Supervisor’s supporting statement 

Decisions will be communicated by email normally within two weeks of the call closing.


If you have any queries, please e-mail


Doctoral School

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