The ESRC provides the Grand Union DTP with additional funding to support the costs of conducting overseas fieldwork during the PhD.
The fieldwork must be essential to the completion of the doctoral project and should therefore have been mentioned in the initial research proposal. Full-time students undertaking the doctoral element of their award are eligible to apply for financial support via the Overseas Fieldwork Expenses Scheme (OFE). Fieldwork should not be undertaken in the last three months of the award.
Overseas fieldwork visits will normally last less than 12 months. However, if a strong case for a visit longer than twelve months can be demonstrated, fieldwork of up to a maximum of 18 months may be considered. Financial contributions towards the costs of flights, accommodation, visas, etc is available through the scheme.
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 2020-21 academic year due to the uncertainties related to the pandemic.
For 2020-21, 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 where at all possible, 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). Please ensure you read the guidelines for further details on the scheme and applying for support.
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