The Graduate School

Student-Led Initiatives

Student-Led Initiatives

Funding is available throughout the year for Student-Led Initiatives.  This funding is allocated for initiatives developed and delivered by postgraduate research students and which benefit other research students. 

The initiatives can involve, for example, organising a conference, research seminar or appropriate training activity.  Student-led initiatives encourage research students to develop their transferable skills through working independently and in teams on activities that benefit other research  students.  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.  Applications can be submitted throughout the year.

Student-Led Initiative Application & Guidelines

Researcher Training & Development Fund

The Staff Training and Development Unit (STDU) and the Graduate School have collaborated to establish a Researcher Training and Development Fund.

The fund is designed to support researcher development within Queen's University by providing funds which enable the delivery of training and development interventions to research staff and postgraduate research students.  Unlike other funding available from STDU and the Graduate School, which supports researcher development, this fund is not targeted at either research staff or students separately, but instead is intended to meet the needs of research staff and students working together in research clusters and other research groups.  Applications with an interdisciplinary focus are strongly encouraged.

Funding will be provided for training and development initiatives which support the career development of researchers.  This can include the provision of specific training in relation to research techniques, where the training provides more long-term benefits with regards to career development. 

Following receipt of applications a panel of academic and academic-related staff will decide on the allocation of funding.  The maximum amount of funding available to support a single initiative is £3000, which may form all or part of the funding towards an initiative.

An application form can be downloaded here and should be emailed to

If you have any questions with regards to the fund, please contact the following people:

Research staff should contact:

Postgraduate Research Students should contact:

Paul Monahan

Staff Training and Development Unit

7 Lennoxvale

Tel: 028 9097 6632

Nuala McCabe

The Graduate School

Main Campus

Tel: 028 9097 2591