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Conference Funding

Deadlines for 2017-18 submission of applications:

5pm 2nd October 2017
(For conferences taking place November 2017 to January 2018)

5pm 8th January 2018
(For conferences taking place February to April 2018)

5pm 2nd April 2018
(For conferences taking place May to June 2018)

5pm 4th June 2018
(For conferences taking place July to October 2018)

The aim of the fund is to assist postgraduate research students in attending national or international conferences to present their research.

The fund provides opportunity for students to refine their research by exposing it to external peer review through their presentation of a paper, poster or other work at a conference (research event or exhibition) and to network and interact with some of the best researchers in their field.

The fund can help with travel, accommodation and conference registration costs and is meant to supplement the applicant own contribution or funds from other sources.

Student Experiences

The Conference Fund launched in January 2014 and below are reflections from students who have chosen to share their experiences.

Edward Randviir, Science and Engineering

“Being in the third year of my PhD, it was imperative for me to experience an international conference as part of my professional development, and thanks to MMU and Professor Craig Banks, I was able to attend and present a poster at the 12th biennial Nano conference at Moscow State University.” 

Naomi Norton, Royal Northern College of Music

“This July I had the opportunity to attend and present my first international conference, which was hosted by the International Society for Music Education (ISME) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. ISME is an organisation that celebrates the diverse ways that people engage with music (see The organisation co-ordinates a biennial World Conference, and this year it was hosted in Latin America for the first time. My PhD research – entitled ‘Health Education in Instrumental/Vocal Music Lessons: The Teacher’s Perspective’ – began in January 2013 at the Royal Northern College of Music.”

Christian Devenish, Science and Engineering

“I attended the Spatial Ecology & Conservation 2 conference at Birmingham University, organized by Ecological Research & Training Ltd. I presented a poster, titled, ‘Variations in bird abundance in the Tumbesian region, Peru - implications for conservation’, giving preliminary results of one of the analysis chapters of my PhD. During the poster session, I talked to several people interested in my research, and had the opportunity to compare notes on species distribution modelling techniques, including aspects such as filtering occurrence records, selection of background or pseudo-absence points, modelling methods, and performance metrics. I also sought opinions on one of the central themes of my PhD on comparing field-based abundance and probability of occurrence from model outputs.”

Sam Ballak, Science and Engineering

“Thank you very much for making it possible for me to attend and present at the ISOTT 2014 conference in London. It was a really important opportunity to develop my academic skills.The topics of oxygen, muscle and exercise in combination with ageing are very important for my third and fourth chapter of my thesis. I was glad that a session was focused primarily on these topics on Sunday morning (29th of June). Even though the methods used in these studies were fairly new to me, the topics were interesting. For example there was a talk about the influence of exercise intensity and inspired O2 on muscle deoxygenation. In my research I focus on hindlimb muscles in rodents. Also here the Gastrocnemius Medialis was studied. It was good to learn that the oxygen saturation decreased when the exercise intensity increased. This was new for me and may have applications for my research in muscle ageing and exercise.”

Beth Roberts, Science and Engineering

“I attended and presented at The Wildlife Conservation Society of the Philippines (WCSP) annual symposium “Forging partnerships for understanding and conserving Philippine biodiversity”. The main objectives of the visit were to:  1) present my results to date, identifying research gaps and biases in wildfowl demographic research;  2) liaise and network with researchers and conservation managers at the symposium;  3) gather vital data from the delegates on demographic rates, presence/absence and population estimates of the endemic threatened Philippine Duck, which has no published demographic research. The experience was highly valuable as I had the opportunity to present at an international conference.”

Manju Luckson, Health, Psychology & Social Care

“I attended the Nursing Research Society of India (NRSI) conference. The theme for this year's conference was "Nursing Research: A pathway to Quality Improvement to Health Care." My attendance at the conference gave me an opportunity to meet with many national and international delegates with an interest in nursing research and research culture. I was invited to write joint papers with Indian nursing professors on research culture. Also, I have been asked to join the editorial board for the NRSI”  My paper was chosen as one of the three best scientific presentations over two days and I was the first prize winner of the best three chosen.  This is the link on the news about my award"

Rachel Mann, Art & Design

“It was exciting to attend the University of Westminster's recent international conference on Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh.  Not only was I given an opportunity to speak on a platform with established and early-career English scholars but I was delighted to be part of a collegial atmosphere of mutual respect and enquiry.  The Conference Fund enabled me to be  involved without any undue anxiety about cost.  I was able to focus on what really mattered: the scholarship.


RDCF (Conference Fund Application Form) (PDF) (Research Degrees Conference Fund Application Form - pdf) 

Please read the accompanying RDCF Guidanceā€Œ before applying.

Once you have attended your conference, we request that you complete a Conference Experience Report

Have a look at our Researcher Development Programme for opportunities to brush up on your presentation skills