Conference and Research Funds

Presenting you work at conferences nationally and internationally is an important part of your experience as a UCL researcher: it can provide invaluable experience in communicating your research to your academic communities and wider audiences; and the experience of applying for funding to cover your conference costs, and making the case for investment in your research and its dissemination, can also be useful experience for working in academia or other roles in the research world and beyond.

There may also be times when you need financial assistance to meet unforeseen but necessary research expenses, for example for travel to a lab or archive, or for fieldwork. You may also come across opportunities to undertake additional specialist training outside UCL.

Funding for such activities is available at UCL through a variety of sources, depending on the department in which you are based. In considering how to fund these activities your should first discuss the matter with your Supervisory Team or Departmental Administrator who will be able to let you know about any funding available locally, as well as opportunities within your discipline (for example from learned societies).

You should then investigate whether your Faculty or School also holds funding which you can access. Below are links by Faculty to assist you in finding this information. If there is no web link for your Faculty, then please contact the administrator indicated:


Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Contact: Funding is held at departmental level (see DA list for contacts)


Faculty of Built Environment
Contact: Faculty Office


Faculty of Engineering
Contact: Funding is held at departmental level (see DA list for contacts)


Faculty of Laws
Contact: Faculty Manager


Faculty of Institute of Education
Contact: Cathy McSweeney, Programme Services Coordinator


Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences
Contact: Funding is held at departmental level (see DA list for contacts)


Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences
Contact: Funding is held at departmental level (see DA list for contacts)


School of Life and Medical Sciences
Contact: Faculties of Brain Sciences, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Population Health Sciences

In preparing for conference presentations, from writing your paper or poster through to gaining the skills and confidence to present your work, you should review the development opportunities available to doctoral students through the Doctoral Skills Development Programme.


Research Images Competition 2012/13
Ms Cristina Castillo
Research Images Competition 2012/13