The ESRC wishes to improve the standards of research methods and to stimulate the uptake of high quality training courses in research methods across the UK social science community.
The bursaries, for up to £500 each, enable staff in the UK social science community engaged in research, teaching research methods or supervising research to update their research skills. Contract researchers working in HEIs are also eligible for the bursaries.
The primary goal of NCRM is to increase the quality and range of methodological approaches used by UK social scientists. In the spirit of this, when allocating the bursaries, priority will be given to training in advanced and/or new methods. We would not normally award a bursary for attending a general introductory course (for example "introduction to qualitative methods" or "Basic regression modelling") although introductions to new or advanced methods are in scope. We will consider applications for introductory course where the method(s) being taught are non-standard within the applicants discipline (e.g. regression modelling for anthropologists or unstructured interviews for economists); if you think you fall into this category please make that clear in your application.
Changes to the bursary application process
From the 1st October 2015 we will accept applications for NCRM funded courses throughout the year. Courses funded by NCRM are highlighted with a blue circle on the training database
For all other courses applications can be made during the following periods:
9am December 14th - 5pm December 18th
9am 25th March - 5pm 31st March
9am 25th July - 5pm 29th July
9am 25th November - 5pm November 30th
The following applies to all applications
- Applicants must be social scientists in current employment.
- Masters or PhD students are not eligible; this scheme cannot be used to fund Masters or Doctoral studies.
- The training course or event must have a clear focus on research methods.
- Applicants will not be awarded more than one bursary in any 12 month period.
- We would not normally expect to pay for courses at the applicant's own institution.
- Bursaries are not provided for attendance at conferences (including the Research Methods Festival) but may be provided for attendance at training courses being run as part of a conference.
- Applicants can apply for a bursary for training courses outside of the UK but the applicant must demonstrate that the training in question cannot be provided in the UK.
- Some course providers already hold ESRC funding to allow either a reduction in the course fee or a waiver for the course fee and, in addition, some travel and subsistence funds. Where such funds are available, these should provide the first port of call. Applications may be made for a bursary where full costs are not met.
- Once a bursary application has been accepted, it is not possible to change the course to be attended. A change of course requires a new bursary application. It is, however, possible to attend the same course on a different date.
- Each application must be for one course or event only.
- Bursary applications need to be submitted at least SIX weeks prior to the course taking place to allow time for your application to be processed. We do not award bursaries retrospectively.
- Initial payments must be made by the successful applicant (not your institution) and then they will be paid in arrears. Claims for reimbursement (course fees, standard class travel and accommodation, subsistence only) must be sent to the Programme Administrator after the course has been completed. They must include receipts and travel tickets. The claim must also be accompanied by a brief evaluation of the training and how it will be used. An evaluation form will be sent to all successful applicants.
- No claims will be paid which exceed the total amount awarded.
There is no prescribed list of accepted training courses. However, applicants may like to use the Training & Events database to help in locating a course.
Priority is given to:
- Training run directly by the NCRM or other ESRC investment
- Applicant who have not previously received an NCRM bursary
- Early Career Researchers
Applications that provided strong justification for funding are more likely to be funded and this is especially important if the application is at the higher end of the funding range.
If you have any queries regarding the bursary process please contact Claire Spencer.