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The Graduate School Fund is designed to support Goldsmiths postgraduate researchers, find out how to apply here.

Postgraduate Research Students must read the Graduate School Fund Terms and Conditions before completing an application. Applications should be submitted electronically to the Graduate School Office via graduateschool (

Please note: the next deadline for applications is Thursday 22 November 2018.

Graduate School Fund Application Form-22 November 2018 Deadline


Future deadlines


  • Autumn Term: Thursday 22 November 2018

  • Spring Term: Thursday 21 February 2019

  • Summer Term: Thursday 23 May 2019


Past Winners


Edwina Peart, Media and Communications

Edwina was granted £600 to pilot a listening session featuring the life work of the late, great Gregory Isaacs.  This is fundamental to her research which uses his music to explore the value and role of reggae music.  Group listening (primarily sound systems and the radio) has played a vital role in reggae's development and propagation and great claims are made for this communal format.  Therefore it is imperative that techniques are developed to embrace and interrogate this.  Edwina said the funding allowed her to do just that.  She hired the venue, Brilliant Corners, which houses high end aduio equipment specifically tuned for vinyl.  She hired video and audio recording equipment to capture the session and enable full transcription of the discussion.  She was also able to offer her respondents light refreshments.

Edwina felt the session worked very well.  Attendance was good, with a great mix of male/female participants.  It also attracted music personnel of various descriptions, fans and a fellow music researcher.  The venue was perfect, small enough to be intimate and encourage conversation, whilst producing a magnificent full sound.  She was able to have a discussion with participants about the music and the strengths and weaknesses of the data gathering instrument.  She also asked both participants for any further suggestions they might have about how to capture listening.  Edwina said these responses and the pilot generally have fine-tuned her approach and will be taken forward as she plans future sessions.  

Anita Strasser, Visual Sociology

Engaging in Urban Image-making was a one-day symposium hosted by the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) at Goldsmiths, 28 April 2017.  Anita co-organised the symposium with Gill Golding (Board member of the International Visual Sociology Association) and generously supported by the Graduate School Fund, CUCR, OpenVizor and Urban Photographers Association.  It brought together practitioners from 4 different organisations: Goldsmiths' Sociology department, Photojournalism London College of Communication, Urban Photographers Association and London Independent Photography.  Its purpose was to begin a cross-organisational dialogue about how we engage with urban life in our image-making practices in the 21st century.  It was a fully-booked and packed out event with very diverse, insightful and thought-provoking presentations and discussions that addressed how image making can support our understanding of some of the complexities associated with contemporary urban life.  Due to its success, we hope to make this into an annual event.  For more information, please visit:



Edward Dixon, Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE)

I am grateful for the assistance to the tune of £473.90 I received from the Graduate School Funding Scheme to support my attendance at the EMES PhD Summer School at the Glasgow Caledonian University. The PhD Summer School, which took place from June 22-25, 2016, is the only one of its kind to cater to the development needs of Post Graduate Research Students in the field of Social Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise and Social Economy. It brought together students from across Europe, Central America, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and the Caribbean. It gave me the opportunity to meet, share ideas with and receive valuable feedback on my research from the scholars in the field of study. I used the funds granted to cover cost of registration to the Summer School; accommodation at the Glasgow Caledonian University for 3 nights, inclusive of meals, and return travel by train to Glasgow, Scotland.

Sarah Charalambides, Department of Visual Cultures

PhD candidate Sarah Charalambides received a contribution towards the costs of presenting papers at the following conferences in June and July 2016:

  • AAH (Association of Art Historians) Summer Symposium. Gender in Art: Production, Collection, Display.Loughborough University, 8-9 June 2016
  • SWIP (Society for Women in Ethics) UK Annual Conference. Precarity: Passion, Rage, Reason. University of Brighton, 16-17 June 2016
  • London Conference in Critical Thought. The Affective Life of Austerity, Precarity and Vulnerability. Birkbeck, University of London, 24-25 June 2016
  • Gender Work and Organization Conference. Precarious Work in Knowledge Societies: Exploring Gendered Power Relations. Keele University, 29 June - 1 July 2016

All four conferences were highly significant events concerning key academic debates on feminist art, gender and precarity. My research into contemporary feminist art practices and methodologies that interrogate the normalisation of unstable, insecure and flexible labour conditions in neoliberal, post-Fordist capitalism found fertile ground for debate and expansion. Presenting my papers at these conferences allowed me to contribute to and learn about the most recent advances in my field of research and gave me the opportunity to advocate my PhD project as well as to develop and improve my academic presentation skills. As I am only a partially funded postgraduate student, financial contributions are very significant for me. Therefore I would like to thank the Graduate School Fund for its generous support.

Rachael Thomas, Department of English and Comparative Literatures (ECL) 

I was generously funded by the Graduate School to present my work at the University of Kent's 'Thinking Through Fiction' conference at their Canterbury campus.  It was a two-day interdisciplinary event of panels, round tables and forums which enabled people to present papers and perform readings across an array of focuses.  I was introduced to Spider Fiction, Particle Fiction, novel-writing as (new age) religious practice, and a moving critique of Southern Gothic.  There was an evening event at The Parrot (a pub established in 1370!) of readings and a buffet.  This gave me the chance to develop an invaluable network of people who are doing some fascinating things with and within fiction. 

I presented my work at the end of the second day, giving a demonstration of how first-person narration acts on place in my novel-in progress.  I came away from the conference with some interesting critique on my writing, advice and support from those further along their career paths, more confidence in presenting my work to an audience, an overwhelming amount of inspiration from my fellow presenters, a reading list, and vital new connections.  As of October 2016 I will be an AHRC CHASE scholar, and I am excited to be part of a consortium that facilitates such a diverse and welcoming intellectual exchange. 

Marl'Ene Edwin, Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies, Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECL)

I was awarded £500 by the Graduate School to help organise an international conference titled 'Caribbean and Diasportic Dialogues in the University'.  This three day conference challenged the limited visibility of Carribean and Diaspora Studies in many higher education institutions and interrogated the ways in which the precarious presence/absence of indigenised black thought, currently being highlighted primarily through protest within, for example, higher education culture in countries like the UK, might be transformed.  The theme of the conference fostered and developed multi- and interdisciplinary conversations exploring critical, theoretical, historical and creative questions in a number of related fields that together contribute to Carribbean and Diaspora Studies. 

Keynotes were delivered by Professor Paul Gilroy, Professor Ann Phoenix and Professor Cecile Wright. Conference handbook, panels and bios for all presenters can be found at

The event was attended by academics and postgraduate students from local, national and international HEI's.  This event provided the students on the organising committee with invaluable skills which will be highly beneficial to their careers.  The postgraduate students who attended gained a valuable insight into the themes addressed by the conference note.  On a more personal note, at the time I did not realise how the conference would shape my frame of mind enabling me to successfully pass the PhD viva the day after the conference ended.  Overall this was an extremely successful event and I extend my warmest thanks to the Graduate School for their support. 

Karen Morash, Department of Theatre and Performance 

PhD candidate and playwright Karen Morash staged her full length play Playground in a professional production on the London fringe.  The production formed an important part of her research into traditional versus collaborative methodologies in dramatic writing.  The play ran 28 April- 1 May 2016 at the London Theatre, New Cross.  The Graduate School supported Morash's innovative research by providing funds for items essential to the full staging of the play, including stage props, costumes, and design materials. 


Maria Cristina Cioffi, Department of Psychology

The iCog3 'Sense and Space' conference in London (Senate House) lasted 2.5 days, and had twenty-one presenters.  Two-thirds of them were philosophers and the rest were scientists from different fields of research.  In each session there were two speakers and a general discussion.  The speakers included both established and junior researchers and all communications were very friendly and helpful. 

The topics ranged from traditional philosophical problems such as the explanatory gap, phenomenal presence, demonstrative reference, to empirical questions such as attention, cross-modal spatial illusions and oral refferal.  The conference was successful in bringing researchers together to discuss different ideas.  It also created a perfect environment for people to make connections for future collaborations.  The organisers plan to edit a volume that is partially based on the conference and a book proposal is already under review, adding extra value to the conference.  We thank the Goldsmiths Graduate School for its sponsorship.

Louise Rondel, Department of Sociology 

I applied for funding from the Graduate School in order to attend an advanced training workshop in Advances in Diary Methods for Qualitative Researchers at the University of Southhampton.  THis workshop trains participants in gathering, handling, analysing and reporting data sourced through solicited diary methods.  My PhD research examines the costitutive relationship between bodies and cities looking at how our embodied experience shapes the spaces we live in and vice versa.  To interrogate this relationship I am exploring the interactions that go on in hair and beauty salons and I will be using solicited diaries as a method of asking my participants to write a journal and use photography and film to document their experiences at beauty salons.  Using diary methods I will be able to focus on my research participants' embodied, emplaced, multisensory experiences of city life.  THis cross-disciplinary workshop will look at the practical and ethical as well as the methodological issues which will be crucial in designing my fieldwork.  It will enable me to hone my methodoloical skilsl whilst engaging with students and academics from across the UK working in different disciplines.

Kerry McCall Magan, Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE)

I requested finance to cover the cost of presenting a paper in the Arts Management Research Stream at the European Sociological Association (ESA) conference in Prague, 25-28th August 2015.

The ESA is full of all sorts of research and is a very stimulating place to encounter all different types of people and different types of research.  A biennial monster conference takes place in different European cities in every alternate year.  The inbetween year is when the Midterm get togethers happen for each of the Research Networks (and Streams).  With 32 different Research Networks and 10 different Research Streams, it can often be difficult to locate exactly what you want or who you want to see or hear and equally difficult to choose which network or stream to submit your papers to.  Previously, I have attended the ESA conerence in Turin and also in Geneva.  It has taken me a bit of time to work out which networks I would like to be part of.  I tend to choose Sociology of Consumption or Sociology of the Arts because the authors in these networks have research interests closest to mine. 

This year, I was invited to help organise the Arts Management Research Stream with Assistant Professor Constance DeVeraux, Director of LEAP Institute for the Arts in Colorado State University, USA and Junior Professor Dr. Nina Zahner from Leipizig University.  We programmed approximately 20 papers across 3 days in Prague.  We drew from academia as well as cultural practice for the Research Stream. It went really well and the feedback we received has been very positive. The presentation of my paper ‘Birds of a feather: an analysis of cultural participation in Ireland’, went well and it’s always good to stand up and ‘own’ your research. Being supported financially by Goldsmiths Graduate School fund to travel there meant that I was able to take part as a conference participant and as a Research Stream organizer.  This opportunity meant a lot to me. I reconnected with people I had previously met and I also met new people- some of whom, I had been really keen to meet. All identified me as part of the esteemed Goldsmiths community of researchers.

Pip Swallow, Department of Theatre and Performance

I was very lucky to receive funding from the Graduate School to compliment my PhD studies in Theatre through purchasing playtexts and theatre tickets.  The money also went towards my travel around the country to various archives, theatres and festivals.  It meant so much to me to have the ability to research in this way, especially being a self-funded student.  It gave me the ability to attend the breadth of work necessary for my subject and removed the stress of getting to events I wouldn't otherwise have had access to.  The Graduate School Fund gives students with limited resources the ability to fulfill a broader and more indepth research that otherwise would be off limits.