Students Staff

15 January 2020

Could your research win you £5,000?

Filed under: News — Laura Mathias @ 12.37 pm

Our Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education, Professor Sanja Bahun, tells us more about the Interdisciplinary Conference Fund and explains how you can apply.

Have you:

  • been excited about doing research that stretches across disciplines?
  • wondered how your research would be viewed from the perspective of someone working in a completely different research area?
  • wished you could network with researchers in other fields?
  • aspired to publish your research?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we are delighted to invite you to apply for our PGR Interdisciplinary Conference Fund.

Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education

Professor Sanja Bahun, Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education

What is it?

To enhance research collaboration and networking at postgraduate level, last year, we launched an award fund of £5000 for the best proposal for an interdisciplinary research conference organised by postgraduate researchers.

The successful candidates delivered a wonderful conference which enabled bold thinking across disciplines, meeting the requirement to have PGR researchers from at least two different faculties and three different departments on the organising committee.

Due to its success, we’ve launched the fund again this year.

Why should I apply?

This is an opportunity for you to explore a research question or a research methodology that stretches across disciplines.

You can think about big overarching themes and challenges faced by the contemporary world or conference topics linked to specific methodologies used across disciplines. We want you to be courageous and innovative in choosing the most pressing subject and the most suitable model for your conference.

You may deploy different methods of presentation – from traditional panels and displays through visual presentations, performances, an exhibition, or any combination of these.

You may decide to invest the funds into bringing exciting external speakers – academics or non-academics – to campus, or gathering similar-minded researchers with the aim of producing a conference publication such as a book or a Special Issue. You may use it as a springboard to international research relevance and visibility through the use of research social media.

When is the deadline?

The deadline for your grant proposal is Tuesday 21 January at 5pm.

How/when will the winner be chosen?

The PGR Interdisciplinary Conference Selection Committee will evaluate proposals and announce the winner for this year on 30 January 2019. Every proposal will receive feedback from the Selection Committee. Your conference must take place and all funds be spent by 31 July 2020.

You can find more information on our website.

You can also email the PGRE team at proficio@essex.ac.uk. To enable us to respond to your enquiry as quickly as possible, please include the heading “PGR Interdisciplinary Conference”.

Good luck with your applications!

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