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BRID Fund: Round 1 Invitation for Applications

Doctoral students can access up to £2000 to cover fieldwork or conference costs.

Aims of the fund


This fund aims to:

  • help researchers linked to the University of Bath to engage effectively with international development policy and practice in responding to climate change, discrimination, injustice, pandemics (including Covid-19) and other global challenges
  • foster productive careers in international development research, policy and practice, particularly for students and researchers from relatively disadvantaged backgrounds
  • enhance the capacity, collaborative links and reputation of the CDS at the University of Bath as a global leader in international development studies
  • strengthen the identity of the community of researchers and students associated with CDS
Find out more about the fund

Who can apply and what’s available

You can apply if you are a current doctoral student registered at the University of Bath. Your doctoral research must be relevant to international development, broadly defined as an evolving set of human aspirations, a complex historical process, and a field of policy and practice.

This round of funding is for doctoral fieldwork or conference costs up to £2,000. This can include: - costs of travel, including visas, insurance and vaccinations - in-country research approval - software packages and apps - payment for specialized services, including training, interpreting, translation and transcriptions - costs of presenting and discussing your work at relevant conferences and workshops

Selection criteria and grant conditions

  • you can apply once per academic year
  • your lead supervisor must write an e-mail or letter of support for your application
  • you should specify clear goals and explain how the funded activities will help achieve them
  • we particularly encourage applications that aim to strengthen established partnerships with research partners in low and middle income countries or representatives of particularly disadvantaged groups
  • you must spend your grant within fifteen months of the award date
  • we will only make payment against original and dated receipts
  • you must confirm in writing that full funding for the specified activity is not available elsewhere
  • if you plan to use joint funding, you should confirm its availability in your application
  • if you receive funding, you must agree to formally report on how well you achieved the goals you set in your application
  • you should show a willingness to share learning from the specified activities, for example through the CDS working papers or blog

How to apply

Apply now The deadline for this round of funding applications is Monday June 14th 2021 at 5pm. The Grant Committee will assess all applications and notify successful applicants by the end of July..

Contact us

If you have any questions about the application process, please email us with ‘BRID Fund’ in the subject line.