Graduate Research Project Grants

Graduate Research Projects are a new activity being piloted by the U21 Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies (DDoGS).

Graduate Research Project Grants will enable doctoral candidates to develop and implement international research collaborations within the U21 network. These Projects are very flexible and we encourage doctoral candidates, with the support of their supervisors/advisors, to think innovatively about how their research could benefit from engagement with other members of the U21 network. 




Basic outline

  • Projects can be in any discipline or cross-disciplinary and should aid the development of transferable skills for doctoral candidates, allowing them to work independently, as well as in teams, on activities that benefit their doctoral research.
  • These Projects aim to give doctoral candidates a global view of problem solving and group work, and facilitate cross-cultural working practices.
  • Publically accessible outputs are expected from the Project; the form of the outputs will depend on the nature of the Project.
  • At least 3 U21 members — from at least 2 countries — must be involved in the Project. 
  • In 2016 the overall budget for the Grants is US$25,000. It is expected that several Projects will be supported.



2016 Timeline

Call for applications opens:  Monday 11 July 2016

Deadline for applications:  Friday 9 September 2016 (applications to be sent to

Decisions announced: by 1 October 2016

Funding to be transferred to the lead institution’s Graduate School by 31 October 2016



Further information

An outline of the Graduate Research Project Grants, including objectives and eligibility requirements is available below, along with Frequently Asked Questions and the Application Form. 

Any queries should be directed to the U21 Researcher Engagement Manager, Christina Mellor (