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.
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.