Student-led initiatives

close up of a female Malaysian student sitting in the open study area of the graduate school

Postgraduate community and connections

Postgraduate-Led Initiatives

The Graduate School has funding available throughout the year to assist current postgraduate students in organising academic events and cultural interventions, which work to bring together the wider communities within both Postgraduate Taught and Research student bodies at Queen's University.

What's it all about?

This funding is allocated for initiatives developed and delivered by postgraduate students to help enrich the experience of the wider postgraduate community. The programme supports in skills development such as leadership, effective communication and project management by providing students with the opportunity to manage events and budgets through first-hand experience.

Who can apply?

This funding is available for both Postgraduate Taught and Research students to apply.

What can you apply for?

Organising a conference; A social purpose; Networking event; Academic related training

How to apply?

To apply for funding, students must complete an application form outlining the purpose and scope of the initiative and the funding required.

The submission must be endorsed by the Head of School. The application form and guidance notes are available below.


Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Wednesday 29th November 2017
  • Wednesday 31st January 2018
  • Wednesday 28th March 2018
  • Wednesday 30th May 2018
  • Wednesday 1st August 2018


Postgraduate-Led Initiatives Application Form 17/18

My most memorable experience as a Postgraduate student to date

"Having secured funding, I organised an inter-disciplinary symposium which reflected on the societal impact of compassion advocacy. The opportunity to develop collaborative relationships with academics from Queen's and beyond was invaluable. It's improved my ability to work in a constructive manner and strengthened my organisational skills."

Carolyn Blair
Final year PhD, Institute of Theology

Postgraduate student, Carolyn Blair