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.