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 £750 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.
NCRM Short Course Bursary
For 2019 we will accept applications for all method related courses that take place before the 31st October 2019. The application process will be closed on 1st November 2019 and any outstanding claims must be received by 15th November 2019.
Before you apply please ensure that you have read the eligibility criteria and further notes below, there are no exceptions.
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, except where the applicant has applied for an NCRM course.
- Bursaries are not provided for attendance at conferences 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 FOUR 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.
Bursaries will only cover:
- Course Fees
- Standard class travel - which should be off peak or advanced purchase wherever possible
- Accommodation – moderate range hotels (eg. IBIS/Premier Inn or equivalent)
- Where accommodation is required this will be limited to the number of days of training (eg. one day training course - no more than one night accommodation.) Accommodation for the evening prior to your training will only be paid for in cases where travel on the day is not practical. Accommodation will not be covered after the final day of training, except in exceptional circumstances. You will need to provide full details in your application in order to qualify.
- Subsistence will only be paid to those requiring overnight accommodation for an evening meal up to £20
- Claims for reimbursement 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.
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.
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.
If you have any queries regarding the bursary process please contact Claire Spencer.