Graduate Collaborative Research Awards

Graduate Collaborative Research Awards is the new name for the Graduate Research Projects which were successfully piloted in 2016 by the U21 Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies (DDoGS).

In 2016 the U21 DDoGS piloted a new scheme, Graduate Research Projects, which enabled doctoral candidates to develop international research collaborations within the U21 Network. In this pilot round, seven projects were funded and details of these projects are available here. Following feedback on the 2016 application and judging processes we have made some minor adjustments to the processes and have renamed the scheme the U21 Graduate Collaborative Research Awards.

These awards are very flexible. They are designed to encourage doctoral candidates, with the support of their supervisors/advisors, to think innovatively about how their research could benefit from engagement with other members of the U21 network. 


Basic outline

  • Projects can be in any discipline or cross-disciplinary and should aid the development of transferable skills for doctoral candidates, allowing them to work independently, as well as in teams, on activities that benefit their doctoral research.
  • These projects aim to give doctoral candidates a global view of problem solving and group work, and facilitate cross-cultural working practices.
  • Publically accessible outputs are expected from each project; the form of the outputs will depend on the nature of the project.
  • At least 3 U21 member institutions — from at least 2 countries — must be involved in each project; there must be at least one doctoral candidate from each U21 member involved in the project. 
  • In 2017 the total allocated budget for the awards is US$30,000. It is expected that several projects will be supported from this budget.

Further details of the 2018 timelines will be available in Spring 2018.

2017 Timeline  

Call for applications opened:  26 May 2017

Deadline for applications:  1 August 2017

Decisions announced: by 15 September 2017

Funding transferred to the lead institution by 31 October 2017

All applications should be sent to

Further information

An outline of the Graduate Collaborative Research Awards, including objectives and eligibility requirements is available below, along with Frequently Asked Questions and the Application Form.  

Alison Milner, lead PhD candudate on one of the projects funded in 2016, discusses her experience in this blogpost.