January 22, 2016 | Simon Jenkins
Fieldwork is crucial to research – yet can be expensive to carry out. Even fully-funded PhD grants don’t always include sufficient funding for researchers to strengthen their studies through travel.
But thanks to you, bursaries are offering real depth to our postgraduate studies by allowing our students to travel to participate in field research often in remote locations, and to give our medical and biological students the chance to undertake clinical secondments, working face-to-face with patients.
Bursaries of as little as £1,000 are allowing students to travel to the very places which are most relevant to their studies. With your support:
- Idolo Ifie travelled to the peasant farms of Nigeria, where his research is helping to ensure the safe development of hibiscus wine, a product with the potential to raise living standards and deliver health benefits to an impoverished region of Africa;
- Cristina Cleghorn spent time in rural Tanzania investigating people’s dietary decisions and nutritional outcomes;
- Rowshan Hannan travelled to Kenya to examine the extent to which co-operative systems can help rural communities to move out of poverty;
- Matthew Smiley analysed water harvesting techniques in Burkina Faso, a country whose rainfall is concentrated into just four months of the year.
With your support we can ensure that more postgraduate students can deepen and enrich their own experience as researchers while ensuring their work is not merely produced in the abstract, but has a crucial grounding in real-world experience.