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Support funding

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CHASE-funded students can access financial support for their research costs, training and personal development, and travel to CHASE events.

Funding is either linked to needs identified by your project proposal, or your training needs analysis (using the Vitae RDF Planner). You should discuss your funding needs with your supervisor at your initial meetings, and produce a budget which you can discuss with your local administrator.

The funding is available under the following two headings:

Research Training
Support Grant (RTSG)
Student Development
Fund (SDF)
What is it for? Expenses in direct support of a student’s research. Expenses that support needs-based training and development activities for individual students, including placements. CHASE allocates some of SDF to an Academic Fund at each member institution for rapid response.
What type of activity does this cover? Research costs including:
conference attendance in the UK or overseas; study visits in the UK or overseas; fieldwork; other
primary research costs, e.g. artist’s materials.
Training and development activities including: research skills training (including specialist IT) where not offered within CHASE; advanced subject or language training where not offered within CHASE; travel to training and development events; professional development activities including presenting at conferences; travel to supervision/ consultation meetings at other institutions where there are joint supervision arrangements.
How much funding is available overall? RTSG is calculated at a rate of £200 per student per year. SDF Academic Fund is calculated at a rate of £1000 per studentship. These rates should not be seen as individual allocations – the AHRC makes clear that funds are to be allocated on the basis of student need – but offer an indication that support funds are finite, and CHASE is bound to manage them responsibly for the benefit of all students.
What is the maximum cost per activity? Applications will not normally be for sums in excess of £1,000. Applications in excess of £1,000 will be referred to the CHASE DTP Manager for approval.
Can CHASE pay costs directly? Approved applications for large costs (e.g. training courses) of £250 and above may be paid directly by your institution. Smaller costs (e.g. domestic travel expenses) will be reimbursed on submission of an institutional expenses claim form.
Can I travel 1st Class? Only standard class travel will be approved.
How do I make the most of the funding? You are encouraged to consider your needs for support funding across your studentship at regular intervals (in the autumn each year, for instance) and to discuss them with your supervisor and local administrator, to ensure that CHASE can fully support your plans. The following two case studies offer possible scenarios for using CHASE student funding. They are intended to be illustrative rather than prescriptive, as each individual’s needs will be different:

Case study 1:
A project requires field research in central Asia. The research plan includes this field trip in the summer of the first year. CHASE provides £2,000 funding for the field trip as it is core to the research project, but due to its high cost, explains that there will be no further access to further funds for conference attendance.

Case study 2:
A project requires language training in Danish in the first year. Costs for this training are met by CHASE as essential for the individual student’s skills development. The cost of the training course is £500. The student plans from year one to attend a UK conference in their third year, and their expenses for attendance are met by CHASE.
Anything else I should know? All applications for training and development activities must be in response to an identified development need. CHASE uses the VITAE RDF planner tool to record development objectives and needs, so please consider this carefully and explicitly reference the planner in your application(s).

How to apply

Please complete all appropriate sections of the CHASE Application Form for Student Support Funding and submit to your institutional CHASE administrator (contacts listed on the form). All funding applications must have the support of your supervisor and institutional CHASE academic lead. If your expenditure is approved, please submit an Expenses Claim Form with receipts to your institutional CHASE administrator. Expenses claims must be accompanied by a short reflective report on the activity undertaken using the Support Funding Report form. Please note that CHASE administrators will allocate funding applications to the most appropriate fund heading.

Expenses claims more than 5% more than the sum applied for may be subject to re-approval.

* Please note, these forms are subject to change so please download when you are ready to apply to ensure you have the latest version.

You do not need to apply for travel expenses for Encounters and CHASE funded training programmes. Please use your institutional process for claiming these costs. 

Non funded students

Students not funded by CHASE can claim expenses for attending CHASE training events. Please use the student funding support form to apply for funding.