PGR Conference Fund

This fund is provided by The Doctoral Academy to support postgraduate researchers participating in academic conferences. 
Given the current restrictions in place due to Covid-19, we are now offering travel funding to support your participation in virtual academic conferences. PGRs can claim up to £200 per award to support registration fees, where applicable.

Applications should be submitted through this online form, by 16:00 on Friday 11 December 2020.

There will be 2 further calls in 2020/21 with deadlines in March and May 2021


To receive this fund you must be presenting at a conference. This can be a poster or any form of oral presentation or demonstration. When you apply for this fund, you will need confirmation from the conference organisers that your abstract has been accepted.

All applications will be considered, but applications will be prioritised from PGRs who are not in receipt of Research Council funding, bench fees, or other funding that supports conference attendance. Applications from PGRs who have not yet received PGR Conference funding will also be prioritised.

Your Application

Your application is more likely to be successful if you provide clear, concise evidence of the importance of the conference to your research. This might include the direct relevance of the conference themes or how your participation will help improve your future research.

Your chances will also be improved if you show evidence of applying to other funding sources (eg faculty funding; external funding).  

Your application needs to include a supporting statement from your Lead Supervisor, which gives a clear indication of the relationship of the conference to your research. This statement also needs to include details of any bench fees or Research Council funding that you are in receipt of.

Submit your applications via this online form. You can upload supporting documents (abstract, confirmation of your presentation acceptance, supervisor's supporting statement) through the online form. If you have any difficulties, you can email attachments to Jo McKeon:

Applicants will be notified within three weeks from the closing date. If you are successful, funds will be paid into an appropriate account managed within your school, department, research centre or institute. Your faculty finance officer can then assist with payments.  Please note if you are claiming money back, you will be required to provide receipts.  All claims for reimbursement should be submitted as soon as possible. 

Funds must be used by 31st July 2021 and cannot be transferred to the following academic year. 

Successful applicants may be asked to present their research at one of the LJMU  Research Café events during 2020/2021.