The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Alternative sources of funding?

As I'm sure most of us can appreciate, one of the major barriers to prospective PhD students beginning their studies is lack of funding. I am, therefore, and by virtue of my former career as a student funding co-ordinator (yuck!), in the process of compiling a factsheet listing alternative sources of funding, i.e. charities and educational trusts.

I would be very interested to hear from YOU, dear Attic readers, about sources of funding from which you have managed to secure funding, even if it is only a small amount, either prior to, or during your postgraduate studies. I'll then post the list of sources here.

Many thanks.

5 comments:

J said...

*whimper* My feelings are still raw from being rejected for some three major funding sources...

God bless my lovely wonderful employer(s) for being flexible and allowing me to continue working as I start the program PT LD...

Anonymous said...

Beyond Fulbright and a few other funding long-shots, is there anything to your knowledge available--as "j." just wrote--for American research PhD, DL students?
I'll let you know if I discover anything relevant. Thanks, Andrew Wulf (new student, as of last month)

Amy said...

Welcome J and Andrew - great to hear from you both. J - are you on the Leicester DL programme?

There is already some funding information on the Department website (I discovered the other day!): http://www.le.ac.uk/ms/research/researchfunding.html

But, I'm working on pulling together a list of other sources. I don't know what each of your individual circumstances are, so I can't directly advise on any schemes for which you might meet the eligibility criteria, but I will - hopefully - turn something up shortly. Rest assured I am on the case! ;)

J said...

Andrew: I'm Canadian, so in much the same International student boat as you... I've been applying for Canada-based funding, but there is only very few sources: The Commonwealth, the SSHRC, the Lougheed (provincial), and the UAW (University women's associations, federal and provincial, but the sums are much smaller than the preceding three).

Amy: (We corresponded via email a couple of months ago.) I will be on the DL programme, though I was hoping to finally start (after deferring for a year) as FT CB. But as my funding fell through, I will have to work as I reapply. Hopefully next year, I'll be able to start in earnest.

Amy said...

Ah, I remember now - of course!! It was the enigmatic 'J' that threw me. ;) I may have turned up some possible sources of funding that you could apply to (if you haven't already, of course!). Being female and from a Commonwealth country helps in this respect. Sorry Andrew! I'll try and get that list (at least #1 of the list) posted shortly.