Support for skills training

Award holders are eligible to apply to the DTP for additional funding for individual skills training and development. It is a flexible fund that can be used to support needs-based training and development activity that is necessary for the satisfactory completion of the doctoral thesis. It can be used to support:

  • the acquisition and development of language skills, whether through participation in a UK-based language centre course, or by an extended period overseas;
  • significant new discipline-specific skills, e.g. paleographical, papyrological, epigraphical;
  • high-level methodological skills;
  • fieldwork where skills are developed through practice;
  • engagement activities with an external collaborator, if the purpose is researcher development rather than primary research.


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


  • This fund is for needs-based training that is specific to an individual student and their doctoral research.

  • You are expected to complete a Training Needs Analysis and discuss it with your supervisor to help identify your specific training and development needs.

  • You are encouraged to consider your application for funding as early as is possible once a training need has been identified, and to discuss this with your supervisor and the DTP team.

  • Eligible costs could include, but are not limited to, course fees, overseas travel expenses if required, costs associated with fieldwork.

  • 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.


  • Training and researcher development activity that is already offered to doctoral students by the DTP or by your home institution.
  • Activities that take place before a student's award has commenced, or after the end of their period of studentship funding.
  • Fieldwork costs where it is being undertaken principally for primary research rather than for researcher development through practice.
  • First class travel.


Applications for support towards costs associated with individual skills training should be made using the Additional Funding Application Form.

  • Complete the form in discussion with your supervisor(s), and in reference to your Training Needs Analysis.
  • 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, etc.) 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 skills training or other researcher development expenses are 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 training 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 training short or if the travel or training 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 training. 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.