Postgraduate Travel Fund

LSE's Postgraduate Travel Fund assists research students who are presenting at conferences related to their degree.



The Postgraduate Travel Fund is open to PhD students who have been invited to give a paper at the conference related to their research degree. Other types of students are not eligible to apply. Students can be assisted with more than one conference per academic year, but will not normally be awarded more than £1000 in total per academic session. 

Should an award be approved, it is unlikely to cover the full costs of attending the conference. Applicants are therefore encouraged to explore all other sources of funding. Some academic departments have funds available to assist students with conference costs. It may be a pre-requisite that recipients of these funds have also applied to the Postgraduate Travel Fund for assistance.

Please note that ESRC award holders are expected to have exhausted the Research and Training Support Grant available to them under the terms of their award, and to show how this has been spent, since the costs of attending conferences would normally be met by the RTSG.

There are limited funds available in the Postgraduate Travel Fund and it is expected that funds will normally run out before the end of the academic year. Early application is therefore advisable, ie as soon as you receive an invitation to present a paper.

Application process

Please complete the Postgraduate Travel Fund Application.

The application form is unavailable in Word format.

Applications must be completed clearly and in full. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Completed applications should be submitted to the Financial Support Office at least two weeks before the departure date for the conference. Retrospective applications will not be considered.

You can submit a scanned copy of your application to

Provided all the supporting documentation has been submitted you will normally hear the outcome of your application within ten working days; you will be sent a decision letter by email.

Supporting documentation

You must provide a copy of the letter or notice inviting you to give a paper at the conference. Email notification is acceptable. This should confirm the location and date of the conference.

In Section 4 you must provide documentary evidence to support the following elements of your proposed expenditure:

  1. travel (eg an air/train ticket, receipt, e-ticket or itinerary)
  2. accommodation
  3. the conference registration fee.

Your supervisor must provide a supporting statement (approximately 200-300 words). This can be submitted with the application form in Section 5 or emailed directly to the Financial Support Office at

We recommend that applicants follow up with the Financial Support Office to confirm the supporting statement has been received, since applications will be kept pending without the statement. Your supervisor and Departmental Manager will be informed if an award is made.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all trips outside of the UK; applications submitted without evidence of this will be delayed. Travel insurance is provided by LSE, please find details here and the Notifcation to Travel Form here. This is provided by the Health and Safety Advice Team

If there are no concerns arising from this information the Health and Safety Team will issue you with a travel insurance cover note. 

If you wish to add 'holiday' or leisure days to your conference attendance, the School may not be able to provide you with insurance and you will need to make alternative arrangements with another external provider. Read more about adding leisure days to your conference attendance.

In the event of the conference being cancelled, or you being unable to travel for any reason, you must refund any unused award made to you immediately and claim on your travel insurance to refund the balance. Any monies successfully claimed must then be used to refund the award. In the event that some of the award cannot be refunded you should provide evidence to explain this.

RADMA Research Student Conference Funding Programme

RADMA (Research and Development Management) provides funding for conference attendance under its Research Student Conference Funding Programme. The awards provide support to talented mid-study PhD students to attend a conference relevant to their PhD.  Candidates must be undertaking a PhD within the research and development management discipline at a UK university. The award will cover costs related to attending the conference, specifically conference fees, travel, subsistence and accommodation, and will provide:

(1) up to £500 for those students presenting a paper
(2) up to £250 for attendance only.  

There is no deadline for receipt of applications, but please note that applications are reviewed quarterly in January, April, July and October. 

More information about the RADMA Research Student Conference Funding Programme (PDF)