Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)

All students are eligible for a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) with in their funding time. This allowance is intended to be used to pay for expenses which the student/supervisor/department deem to be in direct support of a student’s research.

All requests must be approved by UBEL DTP and students are expected to make the purchase and then claim via expenses. UCL students should submit claims where possible via iexpense and students from Birkbeck, LSHTM, SOAS and UEL should submit a claims form and RTSG Allowance Record keeping form via email. Please email for further information.

Costs that may be considered are:

  • UK fieldwork expenses
  • UK, EU and overseas conferences and summer schools
  • language training courses usually undertaken in the UK prior to an overseas fieldwork trip
  • reimbursement of interpreters, guides, assistants
  • survey costs e.g. printing, stationery, telephone calls
  • gifts for local informants
  • books and other reading material not available through libraries

UBEL DTP will consider covering costs for research participant vouchers. Please see the Vouchers page for more specific details.

RTSG cannot be used to cover living expenses i.e. food and personal items, as your stipend is designed to cover living costs. RTSG can also not be used to cover visas or costs associated with international student travel to and from their home country.

Please refer to the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide for more information.