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Global Research Grants

This Global Research Grant (GRG) is intended to provide a financial contribution to enable King's research mobility 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 academics, research groups, networks, departments, divisions 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). A list of undergraduate exchange partners can be found here, but this is not an exhaustive list and doesn't include, for example, postgraduate-only exchanges;

  • Visits to universities or other institutions with whom King's is engaged in some other form of collaborative activity such as a research network. You should speak to your supervisor or Head of Department to find out about current activities;

  • Visits to universities or other institutions demonstrating a compelling new link for King's. Your supervisor and/or Head of Department will be able to advise how a prospective visit would fit into the department’s future strategy;

  • Visits 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.

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 expected 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 for the advancement and career of the award winner and associates (research network, supervisor, fellow students, home department, etc);

  • the quality and accuracy of the application, preparation and proposed budget;

  • the attached support for the application from staff at King's and the intended host organisation.

Please note that the GRG is not intended to support primary data collection required for a PhD or other type of research. However, applications might include data collection as a secondary aspect of the proposal, in order to make as much use of the visit and funds as possible.

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

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 visit the host 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/or 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 all other applicants is expected to be £2,000. Applicants must submit a full breakdown of expected costs including travel, accommodation and subsistence;

Within one month of the conclusion of the period abroad, successful recipients of the grant must provide a final report, which is expected to be of 750 words or more. This is required so that the panel have evidence of the impact of the visit, and it may also be used for promotion of the Grant in future (with permission). Examples of such reports will be available in due course on this webpage. 

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 2018/19 year:

  • 26 October 2018

  • 18 January 2019

  • 23 April 2019

Application guidance

The below tips have been written by Dr Nigel Eady, Director of Research Talent for the Centre for Doctoral Studies & Centre for Research Staff Development at KCL. The advice is useful for all types of funding applications, including the Global Research Grant. 

Check the remit of the scheme. Are you sure your application fits the remit? Have you read all the criteria and eligibility info? It’s always worth contacting the person running the scheme just to make sure. It’s their job to administer the scheme effectively so they should be more than happy to chat. They want to receive lots of high quality applications so it’s in their interest to help you. You may find that your understanding of the remit isn’t quite right and then you’ve saved yourself all the time and energy of writing a bid that’s never going to be funded.

Obey the word limit. A word limit is there for a reason! Don’t go over it. You may find that your beautiful flowing text gets cut off in its prime and then your application will make no sense. The reviewers probably have a lot of applications to read and the word limits are a clear guide as to how much info they want. Applications that are too short will fail as the reviewers want to be sure you can deliver what you say you will, and a lack of detail will sow a seed of doubt. Applications that are too long may also get binned, or at least receive a low score, as you’ll immediately get on the wrong side of the reviewers.

Build a team. Few activities are done best by one person completely on their own. This is especially true of high quality research (in most fields), but also true for most other areas you might need funding for. If an application gives space for additional team members, they’re probably expecting at least one. So make your bid stronger by bringing an advisor on board, someone with significant expertise or experience, or someone who brings a perspective or a skill that you don’t have. It’s also a great chance to grow your network.

Provide budget details. Some applications look great, until you get to the budget! So much could be said, but at the very least, make sure the numbers add up, the information is easy to understand, and if the max amount is £1000, don’t just put ‘Catering and materials - £1000’! I would always err on the side of a little too much detail. The budget is a great chance to remind the reviewers that you know what you’re doing and will deliver efficiently and effectively. If the catering and materials really are £1000, then show a breakdown, e.g. Design and printing - £350 (one day design fee - £300, A4 printing – 50 copies x £1); Catering, 2 course lunch – £650 (£13 per head x 50 people). You then show you’ve got a clear plan, you’re not plucking the numbers out of nowhere and you’re not just asking for the full amount being offered.

Proof read your application. This should be the easiest bit. Re-read your application at least a couple of times before you submit it. Make sure it makes sense. With spell check/grammar software you’ve not really got an excuse, and if English isn’t your first language then ask a friend to proofread it for you. Buy them a coffee and a piece of cake if you need to sweeten the deal! Don’t give a busy reviewer, who’s got a great stack of applications to read, any excuse to mark you down. If your first paragraph makes no sense, or is just hard to read, you’re really not helping yourself, and you’ll certainly annoy the reviewer.

Next steps

The Global Mobility Office, who support the GRG panel, 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 as necessary.


Please contact the Global Mobility team.

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