PREP website content for 2019/2020 year

prep scheme

The Postgraduate Researcher Experience Programme (PREP) enables you to engage with activities that enhance your career development. It supports you to get work experience, work shadowing, training, advice or insights so that you can make career decisions, broaden networks, explore career ideas and develop additional skills and attributes. You can apply for up to £1000 to cover travel, accommodation, salary costs or fees so that you can choose your own experience.

PREP is for all PGRs regardless of whether you are exploring career ideas beyond academia or plan to develop an academic career. However, we want to encourage knowledge exchange therefore experiences must take place outside of academic institutions or be provided by organisations or individuals that are not solely based in Higher Education.

The scheme funds opportunities that add to your experience as a PhD student and therefore will not fund work or training that is integral to your PhD research. It does not fund academic conferences or academic summer schools. In particular, we are looking for opportunities that develop your links, knowledge, skills and networks with organisations and individuals beyond academic institutions and show reciprocal benefits.

Full details of the scheme are available in the Guidance for Applicants document under ‘Downloads’. Please read this in full before you apply. If you are applying for a placement you can also find an Information for Placement Hosts document. You may want to read this and share it with your placement host.

The guidelines and scope of the PREP scheme have changed for the 2019/20 academic year. Do ensure you are familiar with all aspects of the revised scheme by reading the Guidance for Applicants, even if you have applied before.

There will be three closing dates in the 2019/2020 academic year.

  • Round 1 closes - Thursday 13th February
  • Round 2 closes - Thursday 19th March
  • Round 3 closes - Friday 17th April

Briefing sessions to inform you about the scheme, find out how to make the most of it and enable you to ask questions are running on the following dates;

Thursday 6th February - 10.30am-12pm
Wednesday 19th February - 3.00pm-4.30pm
Tuesday 10th March - 3.00pm-4.30pm
Wednesday 1st April - 10.30am-12pm

You are advised to attend a session before you apply. Book a place through Career Connect (via Muse).

Please complete the application form in full.

If you have queries about the scheme not answered in the Guidance for Applicants document email