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Funding, Competitions, and other Opportunities

The HSDTC aims to encourage collaboration and cohort building for doctoral research students across the Health Faculties by providing a range of funding opportunities and competitions, a buddy scheme, our Annual Research Symposium, and much more.

 


Funding

The Health Sciences Doctoral Training Centre provides the following funding schemes:

HSDTC Advanced Training Fund
Grants of up to £300 to support you to undertake training in a method, technique or application to advance your doctoral research project.

HSDTC Biostatistics & Health Informatics Bursaries
Awards of up to £225 to support your attendance at short courses at the Department of Biostatistics & Health Informatics delivered at the IoPPN at Denmark Hill.

HSDTC Doctoral Summer School Bursaries
Awards of up to £375 to support your attendance at doctoral Summer Schools delivered across King’s.
Applications for 2019/20 will open in March 202

HSDTC PGR Student Forum Fund
Awards of up to £750 to support your new or existing PGR Student Forum.
Applications for 2019/20 will open in March 2020

The Centre for Doctoral Studies also provides the following funding opportunities:

Conference Fund
The Centre for Doctoral Studies recognises the importance of giving paper or poster presentations at conferences and has created a fund to assist some postgraduate students to do this. Max £300.

PGR Wellbeing Events Fund
This fund allows you or a group of your student-peers to apply for up to £850 to support events that seek to address PGR wellbeing, mental health, and community, such as stress, isolation, or work-life balance.

Public Engagement Small Grants
Do you have a great idea for a public engagement activity? Are you keen to get experience of engaging people with research? PhD students, research staff and academic staff at King's are invited to apply for a small grant of up to £750 to deliver a public engagement activity.

Competitions

HSDTC Science Communication Competition 2020

First prize 200!

You are invited to submit a short ‘newspaper style’ article on your research topic. The article must be based on the research you are currently engaged with, or that your group is doing, whether that be the whole project or one aspect of it. The article should be aimed at a non-specialist audience and be understandable to an interested member of the public.

The judges will be looking for articles which:

• Are compelling to read and easily understandable
• Clearly explain your research
• Answer the question “why does this research matter?”
• Are worthy of publication in a national newspaper

All currently registered PhD students at King’s College London can apply, and there is no fee for entry.

A shortlist of entries which the judges agree to be the most accomplished and adhering to the article specifications will be printed in the programme for the HSDTC Annual Research Symposium, to be held on Friday 3 April 2020, and will also be published on the Health Sciences Doctoral Training Centre website;

How to apply

1. Complete this application form in full and return it by email to hs-dtc@kcl.ac.uk by 9am on Friday 6 March 2020.


HSDTC Science Image Competition 2020

First prize 200!

You are invited to submit an image which tells your research story. Submitted images should convey the totality or an aspect of the research that you do. Images could show, for example, the subject matter of your research, such as an image of cells or the brain, or research in action, for example the methods, equipment or facilities used in your research.

Images may explore the social impact that your research has on a global, population, or individual scale. They may be a true representation of the subject, or manipulated post-production, such as with false colouring; or they could show your research in a more abstract way. We are open to entries created by many techniques.

All currently registered PhD students at King’s College London can apply, and there is no fee for entry.

A shortlist of entries which the judges agree to be the most striking and accomplished will be chosen for exhibition at the HSDTC Annual Research Symposium, to be held on Friday 3 April 2020, and will also be published on the Health Sciences Doctoral Training Centre website;

How to apply

1. Complete this application form in full and return it by email to hs-dtc@kcl.ac.uk 9am on Friday 6 March 2020.

2. Along with your completed application form, you must also submit your image as an email attachment to hs-dtc@kcl.ac.uk with the following specifications: JPEG or PNG file format, maximum 1,200 pixels on the long edge, by 9am on Friday 6 March 2020.

Buddy Scheme

The HSDTC Buddy Scheme helps new PhD students (‘Starting Students’) in the Health Faculties at King’s to find their feet, network with other doctoral researchers outside of their immediate surroundings, and gain valuable information on topics that they feel would be of use to them.

Participation is entirely voluntary, and Starting Students will be paired with more experienced students (‘Buddies’) based on mutually shared areas of support and guidance.

Apply here now (deadline 9am on Monday 2 December 2019)

Download this guidance document for more information (pdf, 182kb)

'Postdocalypse' Podcast

A monthly podcast produced by current King's PhD students, which includes interviews and discussions of topical science issues. Listen to the latest episodes here.

For a chance to get involved with producing the podcast, sign up for the HSDTC9 Podcast Training workshop via SkillsForge.

Annual Research Symposium

The HSDTC Annual Research Symposium is a chance to showcase your research through a talk or poster, to network with fellow PhD students, and to gain valuable new skills through mini masterclasses.

See the HSDTC Annual Research Symposium page for more information about this year's event.

Social & Networking Events

We also run other social and networking events designed to help you find other students who share your interests or who may be able to help your research project. Look out for announcements of research theme-focused or campus-based events. More details soon.

Wellbeing Toolkit for Postgradute Researchers

We're pleased to announce the Wellbeing Toolkit for Postgraduate Researchers, a new online programme developed in collaboration with Dr Sarah Robins-Hobden and hosted on KEATS.

Courses include:

• Decision Making Factors: Values, Priorities & Goals
• Self Care Factors: Stress, Resilience & Wellbeing
• Tackling Internal Obstacles: Procrastination & Limiting Behaviours
• Perceptions of Power and Hierarchy
• Assertive Behaviour
• Resolving Conflicts

 


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