Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)

The Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) is available to all ESRC-funded Grand Union DTP studentship holders, and is a flexible fund to which students can apply for reimbursement for a wide range of expenses that both they and their supervisors deem to be in direct support of the student's research. Rather than being an individual research allowance, it is a pooled fund to which ESRC students can apply for relevant research expenses up to a cap of £3000. 

The following list, though not exhaustive, will provide an idea as to what expenses can be reimbursed from RTSG:

  • UK fieldwork expenses
  • UK, EU and overseas conferences and summer schools
  • language training courses usually undertaken in the UK prior to an overseas fieldwork trip
  • reimbursement of interpreters, guides, assistants
  • survey costs eg printing, stationery, telephone calls
  • purchase of small items of equipment eg cameras, tape recorders, films, cassettes
  • gifts for local informants
  • books and other reading material not available through libraries

Further information on RTSG can be found in the guidance documentation and ESRC postgraduate funding guide.


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