Graduate Training and Related Funding

The University’s Graduate Development Programme runs a wide variety of courses, offering training in research skills, writing and publications, presentation and communication skills, and lecturing and supervising.  For guidance on transferable skills and careers advice, see also the Skills Portal.

Training seminars designed specifically for ASNC PhD students are arranged from time to time and advertised by email to all graduate students.


If you are seeking additional funding for activities such as conference and seminar attendance, visits to archives, language learning courses and essential equipment, you should apply to the Faculty's 'Members' English Fund'. ASNC graduate students are entitled to apply for all of the awards offered by the Members’ English Fund, including:

  • conference expenses
  • visits to archives
  • essential research equipment
  • support for self-funded students
  • hardship fund
  • Members’ English Fund scholarship
  • completion awards

See Faculty of English Research Assistance Funds and the Members’ English Fund pages for eligibility and application forms.

Please send your application to the Secretary to the Graduate Funding Committee, Sam Dean and ask your Supervisor to write a letter of support. Applications will be considered in two rounds each year, the deadlines for which are 15 November and 1 May.

Applications may be made retrospectively and all current ASNC PhD and continuing MPhil students are eligible.

Other Training Opportunities:

Information about the Faculty's Graduate Training programme and the Graduate Research Forum can be found on the Faculty of English webpages.

The University's Language Centre offers courses at various levels in a wide range of languages.

University Information Services department runs courses for staff and students of the University. Information and booking for courses is through the University Training web site.