SOAS University of London

Doctoral School

Conference Funding

As part of Early Career Researcher development, the three Faculties have contributed £35,000 to allow all full-time doctoral researchers in their third or fourth 'writing up' year (or part-time equivalent) the opportunity to present a paper at a major conference. Applications to the fund, for a maximum of £500, should be made via the Doctoral School which administers the scheme.

Applications will be accepted in two calls and must be emailed to The first deadline for applications is 1 December 2017; the second deadline is 1 March 2018. We aim to confirm the availability of funding within one month of the deadline. Applications must be signed by the first supervisor before being submitted or they will not be processed.

Applications for conference expenses may be made in advance of the conference, but you should not rely on receiving conference funding while making arrangements to attend and notification will be sent out after the deadline for applications has passed. Proof of subsequent acceptance to present at the conference must be included with any claim. To fall into the 2017-18 cycle, expense claims must be lodged before the end of the financial year by 30 June 2018. Expenses incurred subsequent to this must be claimed against the 2018-19 cycle.

Applications will not be accepted from researchers other than those in their writing-up years (third or fourth year full-time, or part-time equivalent). Researchers in other years, or on interruption, are ineligible for this scheme which has a fixed funding. While doctoral researchers on 'extension of writing up' are eligible, no claims may be submitted after theses have been submitted. All claims must be supported with valid receipts and no 'per diem' will be awarded. Please note that you must be a current student to make a claim.

Because this is a once-only award, researchers are asked to consider carefully whether the best opportunity to make their work known more widely occurs in their third or fourth year. To be clear, no-one who has already received conference funding from the Doctoral School can be considered for a second award in a different academic year.

If you have any queries about eligibility or the conditions of the award please email an enquiry to

All successful award-holders will be required to submit a short report on their conference.