Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)

The Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) can be accessed by students whose funding provides access to the RTSG. Details of this will be in your funding offer letter. Access to RTSG funds is only available up to the end of your funded period.

RTSG is intended to be used to pay for expenses which you, your supervisor or school deem to be in direct support of your research. Examples are:

  • Fieldwork expenses
  • UK, EU and overseas conferences and summer schools
  • Language training courses usually undertaken in the UK prior to an overseas fieldwork trip
  • Reimbursement of interpreters, guides, assistants
  • Survey costs e.g. printing, stationery, telephone calls
  • Purchase of small items of equipment e.g. cameras, tape recorders, films, cassettes
  • Gifts for local informants
  • Books and other reading material not available through libraries

RTSG is not to be used for the following:

  • Laptops (in exceptional circumstances, we may consider requests from award holders to purchase laptop or other computer equipment using this allowance. Any such request must be clearly and adequately justified based on the nature of the research being undertaken and as being essential for the successful completion of the PhD. In these instances, any equipment purchased in excess of £200 will remain the property of your funder following completion of the award).
  • Visa/Immigration expenses to enter the UK to commence study or extend stay
  • Subscription costs to academic societies, professional bodies etc
  • Proofreading
  • Journal subscriptions
  • Job interview expenses 
  • Business cards


 

ESRC Funded Students

  1. Check page 18 of the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide and page 1 of the SGSSS ESRC Funding and Payment Arrangements to ensure your proposed RTSG spending is permitted
  2. If your proposed spending is permitted by the funding guidelines and funding and payment arrangements, fill in the form and follow the steps to upload your RTSG request to the SGSSS GradHub (https://www.sgsss.ac.uk/studentships/esrc-training-funds/

Non-ESRC funded students

  1. Check page 18 of the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide and page 1 of the SGSSS ESRC Funding and Payment Arrangements to ensure your proposed RTSG spending is permitted (this applies to both ESRC and non-ESRC funding)
  2. If your proposed spending is permitted by the funding guidelines and funding and payment arrangements, seek approval from your Supervisor
  3. Contact your School/Discipline RTSG contact/s (below) with details of your proposed expendidature. Your RTSG contact/s will advise if the purchase will be made directly by the School of if you should claim the purchase via the Student Expenses procedure
  4. If claiming reimbursement via the Student Expenses procedure, submit completed student expenses form and all receipts to your RTSG contact/s. If the purchase is being made directly by the School, your RTSG contact/s will be in touch with further details 

RTSG Contact/s

School/Discipline RTSG Contact/s
Accounting & Finance Angela Foster
Central & East European Studies Social & Political Sciences PGR Admin
Economic & Social History Social & Political Sciences PGR Admin
Economics Sophie Watson
Education Eleanor Johnston
Institute of Health & Wellbeing Social & Political Sciences PGR Admin
Interdisciplinary Studies Natalie Anderson
Law Susan Holmes
Management Sophie Watson
MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Brenda Butler
Politics Social & Political Sciences PGR Admin
Sociology Social & Political Sciences PGR Admin
Urban Studies Social & Political Sciences PGR Admin