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Global Research Grants

The Centre for Doctoral Studies (CDS) and King's Worldwide is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Global Research Grant (GRG). 

This opportunity will provide financial support to postgraduate-taught and research students, as well as postdoctoral researchers to undertake a short period of research that also helps to sustain and develop King's partnerships with international university partners.

Priority will be given to projects that help deliver the College's interdisciplinary themes of global significance.


Current postgraduate-taught and research students, as well as postdoctoral researchers active in any discipline at King's College London.


Applicants must demonstrate how the proposed visit and research aligns with one (or more) of the four global themes, as described in the fourth strand of the King's International Strategy:

1. Defence and Security

2. Global Health 

3. Sustainable Cities

4. Culture & Identity 

Please note that applications from doctoral students will not be considered where the main purpose of the visit is to undertake fieldwork or collect data specifically for a PhD

What the scheme covers

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

  • Visits to universities or other institutions with whom King's is engaged in a non-exchange based collaboration activity 

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

  • Proposals submitted by students on joint PhD programmes (where King's is their home university) and will be travelling to the partner university as part of the joint PhD research. 

Selection guidance

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

  • the strategic value of the project in 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

When demand for funds is high and projects 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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