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Post-Grad Community - Project Fund

Postgrad Project Fund 2019 Now Open

The Post-Grad Community Project Fund makes funds available to UAL postgraduate students to organise events, projects and cultural interventions that bring together postgraduate students from different disciplines, courses and colleges.

These funds are open to all Postgraduate students at UAL including taught and research students:
MA, MPhil, MRes, MSc, PGDip, PGCert, PhD and Early Career Researchers.

Proposals are encouraged to respond to one of UAL’s 4 identified research themes, enabling students to become active participants in UAL’s research culture.

  • The regular Project Fund award is up to £300, with a deadline each term.
  • The EXTRA Project Fund awards of £500 - £1,000 are available only in the Spring Term, to enable more ambitious projects.

If successful, applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks of the published deadline and cheques will be raised within the following 2 weeks.

For further information, to discuss your project prior to application or for help finding collaborators, contact:

Deadlines for applications:

  • Spring Term, Wednesday 13 February 2019
    (Including the ‘EXTRA’ awards of up to £1,000)
  • Summer Term, Wednesday 24 April 2019

Research themes

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Lifelong Health and Wellbeing

Designing and creating for people’s life-long economic, social and health impact, in order to maximise societal gains and minimise issues of dependency, isolation, and inequality.

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Living with Environmental Change

Using creative practice to expand our understanding of environmental change, social innovation and sustainable living and to change producer and consumer behaviours.

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Amanda Newall, Hotel Jaguar, 2018. Curated by Sasha Burkhanova-Khabadze, for Exposed Arts Projects. Image by Unai Mateo Lopez, 2018

Communities of Resilience

Using art and design to strengthen communities. Developing innovative and sustainable solutions, through co-design, co-creation, socially responsive practices and social entrepreneurship.

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Digital Futures

Exploring through practice how technology affects lives, changes the way society interacts and impacts on communities, cultural production, future society, and economic growth.

Frequently asked questions

Can I have some examples of collaboration across disciplines?

Think about what your ‘Dream Team’ might look like. Consider the roles that will make your idea a successful project.

Do you need: a photographer, a blogger, a documentary film-maker, a graphic designer, an advertising specialist, a marketing professional, a fashion designer, a performance designer, a curator, an architect, a journalist, a book designer?

The Post-Grad Community at UAL has students with all of these skills and more.

How can I find collaborators within UAL’s Postgraduate Community?

You can advertise in the Postgraduate Community Newsletter, which goes out to all students every Friday in term time, and utilise the Postgraduate Community Facebook Group and Twitter feeds. Various MA courses at UAL have Facebook Groups and Twitter accounts too.

You can even go to other postgraduate student events at different colleges and meet with students in person.

Do get in touch with the Post-Grad Community team before the application deadline for help with finding collaborators. Email

What does my project proposal need to include?

We want to know about your ideas and the practical details of how you are going to deliver your project.

  • What resources do you need?
  • Who is going to take part?
  • Where is it going to take place?
  • Who is the audience for the project?
  • How you are going to measure the success of your project?
  • How are you going to document it?

What kind of costs will be covered?

Costs we will fund include: printing costs, equipment hire, venue hire, building materials, props, specific travel costs, professional fees, drinks for an opening, sandwiches for seminars, etc.

What kind of costs will not be covered?

The fund does not cover student fees or your research time.
If you would like to query if a cost is eligible, please email before submitting your application.

Can I get funding for my degree show or other course related work?

No. This funding is only available for activity that you are initiating in addition to assessed work for your course.

Want to know more?

Email us at if you question hasn’t been answered here, or arrange to meet us to discuss your idea in person.