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Researcher Led Initiatives (RLIs)


Applications are now CLOSED for the 2021 Online Researcher-Led Initiatives Funding Award Scheme.

The Researcher Development and Research Culture team has an annual fund to support the development and cascading of personal, professional and career management skills by and for postgraduate research students and early career research staff across the University of Exeter. These Researcher-led Initiative awards are intended to enable postgraduate research students and early career research staff to be creative, proactive, and empowered, through the process of initiating, designing, managing, and delivering new professional development activities for their peers that will develop the skills and experience needed to progress their careers.

This year, we are asking for applications for online/virtual events on the following themes:

  1. Developing an engaged research culture
  2. Building a PGR or ECR community
  3. Equality, diversity, and inclusivity
  4. Wellbeing

Funding is available for applications of a maximum of up to £1000 per award to pay for external facilitators/speakers to support projects, events, and initiatives on these themes. We encourage lower cost initiatives, to enable us to fund as many projects as possible over the course of your scheme.

As part of your application, you are asked to demonstrate the cross-College/interdisciplinary demand for and interest in your project. As such, collaborative applications are encouraged.

We will be running a rolling scheme that will stay open until 19 May 2021, assessing applications monthly on a case-by-case basis. This will enable us to be flexible, and responsive to the current situation.

Please note: all initiatives need to be complete by the end of the financial year (31st July 2021). 

You can apply using our online application form. Please read this Example RLI Application to help you complete the form.

Deadlines for each month are as follows:-

- Wed 17 February 2021
- Wed 24 March 2021
- Wed 21 April 2021
- Wed 19 May 2021

If you have any questions or would like to discuss an idea for an application, please contact