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Global Research Grants

This Global Research Grant (GRG) is intended to provide financial support for King's research mobility to take place overseas. Whilst aimed at individuals as described below, the GRG is also intended to develop and sustain research partnerships with overseas organisations for King's research groups, networks, departments, Schools and Faculties.


Applicants must be one of the following:

  • Current taught postgraduate (PGT) student

  • Current postgraduate research (PGR) student

  • Current postdoctoral researcher active at King's in any discipline

What the GRG covers

  • Visits to universities with whom King's has an existing student exchange agreement (excluding Erasmus partnerships)

  • Visits to universities or other institutions with whom King's is engaged in some other form of collaborative activity such as a research network

  • Proposals for visits to universities or other institutions demonstrating a compelling new link for King's

  • Proposals submitted by students on a joint PhD programme where King's is their home university and they will be travelling to the partner university as part of their joint PhD research

Please note that the GRG is not intended to support primary data collection or specifically for a PhD and so 


Selection guidance

Applications will be assessed by the Global Research Grant Review Panel who meet 2-3 times a year. In reaching decisions on which projects to fund, the panel will take into account:

  • the strategic value of the proposal in establishing or deepening the relationship between King’s and the relevant overseas institution

  • the likely benefits from the research and for the advancement and career of the award winner

  • the quality and accuracy of the application, preparation and proposed budget and the attached support for the application

When demand for funds is high and applications are of equal merit, evidence of a contribution from the department/division/faculty towards costs will increase a researcher's chance of being awarded the grant.

It is anticipated that applicants for projects (rather than for training initiatives) should be of at least second year PhD level or second semester of their Masters at the time they plan to stay in the partner institution. Applications for support for research training should specify the level(s) at which the researcher will participate in the proposed scheme.

This funding is not available to support attendance at conferences, as supported by the Centre for Doctoral Studies Conference Fund and individual faculty funds.

Value and report

Proposals submitted by students on joint PhD programmes for visits to the partner university are expected to be up to £500 and are primarily to contribute to travel and accommodation

The maximum allocation for other applicants is expected to be £2,000. Applicants must submit a full breakdown of expected costs.

Within one month of the conclusion of the research period, successful recipients of the grant must provide a final report, which is expected to be of 750 words or more.

To apply

Please download and complete the application form. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but will be assessed at the following points in the 2017/18 year:

  • 17th November 2017

  • 26th January 2018

  • 20th April 2018

Next steps 

The Global Mobility Office will contact applicants within six weeks of the relevant deadline to let them know the outcome of their application. If successful, they will be provided with further details on how to receive their award. If unsuccessful, feedback can be provided and researchers are welcome to revise their applications and resubmit their proposals in a future round.  

Where the host institution is an existing exchange partner, applicants may also be required to submit a formal application to their host institution. The Global Mobility office will be able to advise students on this.


Please contact the Global Mobility team.

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