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Smuts Memorial Fund


Types of financial assistance that will be considered

Priority will be given to funding PhD students carrying out substantive fieldwork or attending a conference to disseminate research findings. Limited funding will be available for second periods of fieldwork. In previous years PhD students have been awarded grants for:

  • data collection.
  • compressions and cataloguing of archive material.
  • participation in a conference abroad.

In addition, only PhD students and senior members of the University can apply for:

  • AVA needs.
  • the costs of transporting samples back to the UK.
  • a contribution towards the cost of field assistants (where a very strong case is made).
  • photocopying and photographic processing.
  • assistance for participation in conferences in the UK.
  • language training (where a very strong case is made).
  • costs for medical shots such as malaria.

Financial assistance will not be considered for insurance costs, transport or any other costs for partners/spouses, computer hardware, software or peripherals, regular office costs such as paper or printing or publication costs.

Financial assistance will not be considered for taught MPhil students and undergraduates.

Amounts considered

The maximum amount available for student applications is £1,000 for fieldwork, £1,000 for a conference and £100 for photocopying.

Please note that students who have previously been successful in obtaining the maximum financial assistance from the Smuts Fund [£1,000] will not be considered for future applications.

Ad hoc applications

PhD students who want to apply for funding which is above the financial limit or where the activity appears to be outside the remit of a research grant should submit a written application direct to the Smuts Administrator. The application should include details of the activity, how much funding is required from the Smuts Fund and what other sources of funding have been secured or applied for. Please make sure that your application begins with an overview of the activity and amount of funding being requested.

When are applications considered?

Applications are considered termly at the Smuts Managers Meeting:

Michaelmas Term: deadline 1st October, results communicated in late November

Lent Term: deadline 1st January, results communicated in late February

Easter Term: deadline 1st March, results communicated in late May

Please note that retrospective applications cannot be considered.

Individuals who receive an award from the Fund will be expected to complete a short report of approximately 500 words which may feature on the website. Further details will be provided as part of the award notification.

How to apply

For further details on how to apply, please see the relevant guidance notes and application form. In addition to the application form, student applications should include a research proposal and a budget breakdown in spreadsheet format