Research-related expenses

Research-related expenses are covered by the Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), which is awarded on the basis of student need. It is a flexible fund that can be used to support a wide range of research activities, materials and other costs, as long as they are essential to the satisfactory completion of the doctoral thesis. For example, it can be used to support:

  • study visits in the UK or overseas, e.g. for archival research, interviews, fieldwork;
  • conference attendance in the UK or overseas, if presenting your doctoral research;
  • other research costs or materials, e.g. digitised archival materials, books that are otherwise not readily accessible, costs associated with laboratory analysis.

If you are unsure whether an activity or other cost would be eligible, please get in touch with the DTP team on


Applications will be considered at the following upcoming deadlines:

  • 11 September 2023
  • 6 November 2023
  • 15 January 2024
  • 11 March 2024
  • 13 May 2024
  • 15 July 2024



  • Full award, fees-only, full-time and part-time OOC DTP award holders are eligible to apply.

  • Funds are limited, so the DTP may not be able to fully fund your request; all applicants must investigate what other funding is available to them and apply accordingly.

  • The DTP would not normally expect a student to receive funding for more than one overseas study visit, or to receive funding to present at more than one overseas conference and one UK conference during the course of their award.
  • The amount available to any one student over the course of their studentship will not normally exceed £2,000.


  • Activities that take place before a student's award has commenced, or after the end of their period of studentship funding.
  • Study visits in the last three months of an award.
  • Costs associated with training and professional development.
  • Costs incurred as a result of working with an external partner, whether a CDA partner or a partner hosting a placement.
  • Meals during a study visit or overseas conference (students are expected to use their maintenance grant to cover this).
  • First class travel.
  • Visits to countries or areas where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against travel or all but essential travel.
  • Payments for membership of professional bodies or similar.
  • Due to a change in UKRI guidelines, from 1st November 2023 the OOC DTP can no longer fund any purchases of alcohol. Please note: this includes a single glass of wine with dinner as well as for entertaining purposes. If you are submitting a claim for reimbursement relating to an Additional Funding award, please ensure that the value of any alcohol purchases is deducted from the total cost claimed.


Applications for support towards research-related expenses should be made using the Additional Funding Application Form.

  • Complete the form in discussion with your supervisor(s) and in reference to your doctoral research project.
  • Please ask your primary supervisor to email a supporting statement (of no more than 300 words) to
  • Email evidence of costs (e.g. screenshots of booking websites) to
  • Submit as soon as possible ahead of one of the four annual deadlines, and normally at least 4 weeks ahead of the proposed activity or expenditure.
  • Retrospective approval will not normally be granted.


  • Applications for additional funding will be considered four times a year. Outcomes will normally be communicated four to six weeks later.
  • Applications will be considered only in cases where your supervisor certifies that your study visit, conference presentation or other research-related expense is essential to your research/academic development.
  • If you are successful in gaining funding the DTP will communicate this to you, and detail the amount you have been awarded.
  • Funding is not guaranteed and the DTP's decision is final.


  • Payment will be based on the budgeting provided in your application, so you should endeavour to be as accurate as possible when making your application.
  • Before, during, and after your trip or activity you should keep all related receipts, invoices and other financial evidence. If receipts are for any reason unavailable, you should keep a written record of expenditure, including date, purpose and amount.
  • If you cut your travel or activity short or if the travel or activity is cancelled, you must inform the OOC DTP so that we can recalculate your entitlement.
  • You should adhere to any and all requirements made by your local Department/Faculty/School regarding risk assessment and insurance for your trip or activity. Please contact the relevant local administrators for more information in the first instance.
  • Payment of awarded sums will be managed according to local processes, and will be detailed on award.