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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 events and development opportunities that will benefit both themselves and other doctoral students. It allows doctoral students to have a greater input into the way they are supported, recognising discipline specific needs and complementing existing training and development opportunities.

The opportunity to organise a training activity (together with putting together a funding proposal) is a great opportunity to develop and evidence transferable skills as part of your professional development.

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.


The proposed activity must be of direct benefit to doctoral researchers at Bath and address local needs where appropriate and 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.

The following will not be funded:

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

Previously funded training activities

  • 'Writing to Publish: hands-on training session for early career researchers in Social Sciences' - 17 July 2018
  • 'Fundamental Chromatographic and Mass Spectrometric Techniques Workshop' - 13 July 2018
  • 'Enterprise and innovation workshop for Doctoral students' - 11 July 2018
  • 'Your doctoral research and media coverage' - 10 July 2018
  • 'Arduino Training and Development for Beginners'

Some other training ideas

To give you further ideas about possible training themes, the list below includes some specific examples which have been previously funded through similar schemes and some more generic examples:

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

Submitting an application

To submit an application please complete this online form.

Before completing the application form please read the associated Terms and Conditions.

The closing date for applications is 19 May 2019.