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Postgraduate Community - Project Fund

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Awards of up to £300 are available for UAL postgraduate students to organise academic events, projects and cultural interventions that bring together postgraduate students from different disciplines, courses and colleges.

Postgraduate students at UAL include both taught and research students: MA, MPhil, MRes, PGDip, PGCert, PhD and Early Career Researchers.

Through high quality research activities, UAL works globally with other institutions and industry partners to develop the intersections of our own fields of knowledge in order to link art, design and communication to other distinct specialisms. Through this activity, UAL’s research aims to be outward looking, highlighting the importance of art and design for society.

The majority of the research activity and teaching at UAL sits within four identified research themes. The Postgraduate Community Project Fund mirrors these themes enabling students to become active participants in UAL’s research culture.

‘Extra’ awards of £1000 are available in the Spring Term, in addition to the usual funding.

Deadlines for applications:

  • Autumn term Wednesday 7 November 2018
  • Spring Term Wednesday 13 February 2019
    - Including the ‘Extra’ enhanced awards of up to £1000
  • Summer Term Wednesday 24 April 2019

Project Fund - 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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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.

Project Fund criteria

  1. The project team must be led by current postgraduate students from different courses or research areas. A minimum team of 2 is required. (The Post-Grad Community Team can help identify collaborators)
  2. Priority will be given to proposals which connect different colleges.
  3. Projects must be completed within 12 weeks of being awarded funding (unless agreed otherwise)
  4. Projects must have a dedicated blog to communicate, document and evaluate the project, using the UAL free facility, a Tumblr site, a facebook page or similar.
  5. A final report is required for the Post-Grad Community blog
  6. Projects must have an agreed plan on how the organisers will attract an audience.

How to apply

Return your completed application form to by the deadline above.

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 or to discuss your project prior to application, please contact the Postgraduate Community team by emailing

Important note

This funding is not available for individual projects which are part of a course assessed unit.

Maximum grants of £300 are available.

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.

See previous Post-Grad Community Fund projects on our blog

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.

If you are successful with your funding application, the support we can give you to find other PG students to collaborate with will be explained more fully.

What does my project proposal need to include?

We want to know all about your ideas for your project. We also want to know the practical details of how you are going to deliver it:

  • 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 get in touch 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.