Published: 21 March 2016

Applications open for Postgraduate Research Development Fund


The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) has opened a second round of applications for its Postgraduate Research Development Fund.

This follows the success of a pilot scheme, which took place in January 2016 and awarded funding for two exciting events organised by postgraduate researchers.

The fund is designed to support the development and delivery of interdisciplinary conferences, workshops and seminars, impact and engagement events and training and development activities.

Successful pilot scheme

The first event funded by the pilot scheme is a premiere screening by Chen-Yu Lin, postgraduate researcher in the Department of Music, of her short documentary ‘Chasing the China Wind: A Musical Journey’; exploring recent Chinese popular music from the perspectives of post-1990’s generations across Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Liverpool.

Chen-Yu Lin said: “Going to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China has been crucial for the completion of my PhD thesis, and I came back with many audio recordings and video clips.

“Initially, I had thought that maybe these files could be turned into a short film, but was in doubt of my own ability to take on the challenge without any financial support. The PGR Development Fund has generously provided me with the support I need.”

The fund has also provided support for postgraduate researchers in the Department of English, Glyn Morgan, Molly Cobb and Leimar Garcia-Siino, to organise the annual ‘Current Research in Speculative Fiction (CRSF)’ conference, hosted at the University of Liverpool.

Second round applications

Applicants for the second round may apply for up to £500 under this scheme and guidance for putting together costs for your proposal can be obtained from supervisors, Departmental Directors of Postgraduate Research and School Finance Teams.

Application forms and guidance are available at:

Completed application forms should be returned to the HSS PGR Team ( by 4pm on Friday, 13 May 2016.

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