Researcher Development Fund

LSE's Researcher Development Fund is designed to support student- or staff-led initiatives in the area of professional development for early career researchers (PhD students and postdocs).

Projects seeking support from this fund should have a clear training or development aim focusing on one or more of the following areas: research management; communication skills; networking and team working; and career management and development. The main beneficiaries must be research students or research staff. For more guidelines on how to make an application please download the application information and form| (Word). Examples of projects funded under this scheme to date include:

  • a day-long 'Research Bites' event in the Institute for Social Psychology including research speed-dating between PhD students and academic staff and facilitated sessions on enhancing the research community in the Institute;
  • a PhD poster day in the Industrial Relations Department (now EROB group) at which students presented their work in poster format and received feedback from each other and academic staff;
  • an away day for PhD students in the Gender Institute focusing on sharing experiences of communicating about research;
  • a weekend workshop in Cambridge for PhD students in International History (organised in collaboration with Cambridge students) focusing on discussing elements of the PhD experience and how to get work published; and
  • a mentoring scheme amongst PhD students in the Institute for Social Psychology which has now been rolled out to other departments.

If you would like to discuss initial ideas before applying for funds please contact Dr Sarabajaya Kumar (, the Academic and Professional Development Adviser for PhD and Postdoctoral Researchers.

If your application is successful, we will ask you to send us a project outcomes report| (Word) when the project is finished, along with any photographs (of events, etc) and/or material outcome (publication, etc), for potential inclusion in promotion about the funds. Project reports may be uploaded to the Teaching and Learning Centre website and edited for use in other online and offline and materials. We may also invite project leaders and other beneficiaries to present their work at Teaching and Learning Centre and LSE events. Finally, we request that the LSE Teaching and Learning Centre's support of the project be acknowledged on any information published by you or your department/research centre about it.