Difficult Language Training

The Grand Union DTP offers its award holders additional support to acquire or develop a working ability with a difficult language in order to carry out fieldwork (including UK fieldwork). This may take the form of an extension to the studentship or financial support to access training. 

Funding is available in the doctoral phase of the award, and the level of support will depend on the award length, prior training and the type of language.

The DTP would normally have set deadlines throughout the year by which you would need to apply, which are published on the DTP website. However this process has been suspended for the 2021-22 academic year due to the uncertainties related to the pandemic. For 2021-22, applications will be dealt with on an ad-hoc basis as opportunities arise until further notice.

We recommend you apply to the DTP Office of your home institution approximately 3 months before the proposed trip to ensure time for consideration and to give you plenty of planning time (if you have concerns about meeting this timeframe, please contact your local DTP office). Applications received within 3 months of the intended activity will be reviewed in exceptional circumstances and for applications we receive within 1 month we may not be able review or provide support for the activity. 

Please ensure you read the guidelines for further details on the scheme and applying for support.

As per ESRC guidelines, the DTP is not permitted to fund any travel (or associated costs) to areas or countries the UK Government or Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against visiting. For the purposes of Covid-19 travel guidance, non-essential travel includes OIVs, placements, training and conferences.


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