University of Bath

Doctoral College Training Fund: bring your professional development ideas to life.

Find out more about this flexible fund, designed to support the development of new training for researchers.

Got an idea for some new training?

The Doctoral College Training Fund enables doctoral students to organise training for researchers which is not currently provided within the University. It allows you to have a greater input into the way you are supported, recognising discipline specific needs and complementing existing training and development opportunities.


You can apply for funding up to £1,000 to organise training that will benefit you and other doctoral researchers within the University. There is one round of funding each year. Applications are currently closed.

What are we looking for

  • The proposed activity must be of direct benefit to doctoral researchers at Bath and address local needs where appropriate.
  • The proposed training activity must clearly align to one or more of the domains of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF).
  • We encourage the development of innovative, creative and non-standard approaches to skills development.

Example training ideas

  • advanced, specialist statistical methodology or analysis
  • techniques and skills of interviewing for qualitative research
  • producing high quality figures in the biological sciences for publication
  • how to design an interview questionnaire
  • running focus groups for the social sciences
  • using specialist research software
  • using social media data for social sciences research


The following types of activities will not be funded:

  • academic conference registrations fees
  • research projects
  • pilot research studies
  • academic conferences

How to apply

To apply, download and complete the online application form.

Applicants must include a detailed budget plan for the proposed activity and justification for these costs (see the application form). Get in touch if you need help with putting a budget together.