Apply for a bursary to attend both the SSA PhD Symposium and Annual Conference

Did you know that you can claim up to £200 towards your expenses for this year’s PhD Symposium and Annual Conference in Newcastle? Read some of the frequently asked questions below, including how and when to apply for the dual attendance bursary.

What is the dual attendance bursary?

The aim of this bursary is to give financial support to PhD students who attend both the SSA’s PhD Symposium and the Annual Conference.

What can the dual attendance bursary be used for?

The dual attendance bursary can be used to support: (1) travel to/from the events; (2) accommodation costs; and (3) food if not attending evening meals linked to either event. The dual support bursary cannot be used to fund registration fees for the conference.

Who is eligible to apply?

Anyone who attends both the PhD Symposium and Annual Conference is automatically eligible to apply for the dual support bursary.

How much can I apply for?

Bursaries will be awarded up to a maximum of £200 per person attending and will only cover costs incurred. For example, if your travel and accommodation costs are £150, this is the maximum you can apply for.

How do I apply for the dual attendance bursary?

Here is what you will need to do:

  • First, it’s a good idea to read the SSA’s general policy on expenses – this should answer any questions you might have about what kinds of travel and accommodation can be claimed for.
  • Complete a copy of the SSA’s expenses claim form.
  • Gather a copy all relevant invoices/receipts.
  • Email the completed form and invoices/receipts to the SSA’s Chief Officer Martin Wheeler ( using the subject ‘‘Dual attendance bursary claim 2023’.

What is the deadline for applying?

You can only submit your application once the PhD Symposium and Annual Conference have ended, and you must ensure that you send the application to the SSA no later than one month after the events have finished.

What if my question was not answered here?

If your question was not answered above or in the SSA’s policy on expense claims, please get in touch with the organisers of the PhD Symposium: Dr Nathan Critchlow ( and Dr Katie East (