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Conferences and expenses

Some of our schools and departments are able to offer small amounts of funding to support you as a graduate research student to attend conferences, submit papers, undertake relevant training and carry out your research.

School of Arts

The School of Arts provides funding to enable current MPhil/PhD students to undertake a range of activities related to their study and research. 


  • We have a limited fund to cover expenses of up to £300 for MPhil/PhD research students who are presenting a paper at a conference. 
  • You can make one application each academic year and, if approved, you claim back your expenses. 
  • How to apply
  • When to apply
    • before the conference, which must take place before the summer (i.e. the end of July 2020). 


  • We have a limited fund for extraordinary MPhil/PhD research expenses of up to £150. 
  • The expenses must be: 
    • crucial to the successful completion of your research project 
    • unforeseen at the outset of your research project 
    • extraordinary, such as travel to a unique archive or translation costs. Ordinary expenses, like books, word-processing and binding, are not covered. 
  • How to apply
    • contact Dr Joseph Brooker with a detailed breakdown of the expenses before they are incurred 
    • your supervisor must contact Dr Joseph Brooker to confirm that the expenses are crucial to your research project. 


  • The London Art History Society, which is affiliated to Birkbeck's History of Art Society, will cover research-related expenses, such as travel, accommodation, photography and photocopying, for current MA and MPhil/PhD History of Art students. 
  • MA students can apply for up to £150. 
  • MPhil/PhD students can apply for up to £300. 
  • How to apply: If you are enrolled in an eligible programme, you will be invited to apply to the fund, usually in the second term (Spring).
  • You need to submit a rationale for, and a full breakdown of, your expenses in 300 words or fewer before incurring the expenses. If your application is successful, you submit your receipts after spending the money and we will reimburse you.
  • Closing date: The fund is limited and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis until the yearly allowance runs out. The scheme will then open again in following academic year.

School-wide activities

  • Where possible, we cover the costs of school-wide activities by MPhil/PhD research students, including publicity, catering, computer resources, training events, and so on.  
  • All funded events must be open to all research students in the School of Arts. 
  • How to apply

School of Law

The School of Law offers funding for additional research expenses, such as for attending conferences and travel.

For further details, please .

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

Thanks to a generous donation from the estate of Ms Evelyn Pullin, together with other anonymous benefactors, the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy (SSHP) is able to offer a Postgraduate Support Fund for postgraduate research students.

New and existing postgraduate research students within SSHP are invited to apply for financial assistance for research-related costs.

What the fund can be used for

  • The fund can be used for:
    • expenses associated with specific training needs
    • fieldwork or research trips
    • conferences, workshops or other academic events where the applicant is presenting a paper or chairing a session.
  • Please note that you cannot use the award for purchasing books or computer software/hardware.
  • You should discuss with your supervisor(s) what conferences might be useful for you to attend, well in advance of the conference (to allow time between application for funds and the conference deadlines).

Value of the award

  • Awards will not be approved in excess of £500 per student per academic year (October to September). Expenses should normally be claimed within the academic year of the award.
  • You are expected to have already used alternative sources of funding available to you (for example, departmental allowances, allowances that are part of ESRC, AHRC or other externally-funded studentships, or other College awards and bursaries).

How to apply

  • Please complete an application form. Note that a supporting statement from your primary supervisor is required. This can either be attached to your application or forwarded separately.
  • Applications will be judged on an individual basis by a School-level committee convened for this purpose and applicants will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible after the deadline.

Application closing date

  • There are two deadlines, in November and May each academic year.
  • Please email any queries and applications to the SSHP postgraduate research team.
  • Please note that original receipts (not credit card slips) will be required for any reimbursement claim so please retain these. Payment will be made only for eligible expenses in line with College financial regulations. You must make a claim within three months of the original payment.