Grants of up to £750 for Arts and Humanities Students (Undergraduates and Postgraduates)
Closing date: 21st Feb 2020
These grants are awarded for projects which enhance or complement your current programme of study. This could be:
• taking part in a programme of study either in the UK or abroad
• attending vacation courses, summer schools or masterclasses
• attending a conference
• taking part in a field school
• undertaking research
The grants can cover costs including:-
The grants cannot be used for the following:-
Questions and Answers
Q. How much can I apply for?
A. Grants are normally between £250 and £750. Applications outside this range may be considered.
Q. Who can apply?
A. Any undergraduate or postgraduate student registered full or part-time in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
- You should have also explored other avenues of funding for your project. However you can apply for a contribution towards a project which is partially financed from other sources.
- You are also expected to make some personal contribution towards the costs.
- You cannot apply for more than one award unless the initial award was for a smaller amount than normal.
Examples of previous Petrie Watson Exhibition Award Winners
Keros Cycladic Field School.
Jayne Burland, BSc Archaeaology & MA Aegean Archaeology
"I was fortunate enough to be granted a Petrie Watson Award to take part in the Keros Cycladic Field School, a joint enterprise of the University of Cambridge and The Cyprus Institute. The field school runs alongside excavations run by the British School at Athens on the Greek islands of Keros and Dhaskalio. To date the project has so far discovered the largest Bronze Age settlement known in the Cyclades. The site, which was built in a monumental and planned manner is known to be both a metalworking centre and an early maritime sanctuary where prestige items were ritually broken and deposited. By taking part in this field school I’m hoping to gain lots of insight into Aegean Archaeology whilst learning the latest excavation and digital recording techniques before starting a Masters in Aegean Archaeology at the University of Sheffield in September"
Read her full story here
British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR, Sheffield), and the Faith in Research Conference (FiR, Birmingham).
"The Petrie Watson Exhibition fund generously awarded me £325 to support my work as the postgraduate supervisor of a Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) project, in conjunction with the undergraduate researcher. I am grateful for their funding as it enabled me to attend two conferences as part of this team. We presented posters at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR, Sheffield), and the Faith in Research Conference (FiR, Birmingham).
The initial portion of funding covered my attendance at BCUR as a member of academic staff. Without the support of the Petrie Watson fund I would not have been able to attend. I accompanied my research colleague as she presented her research, and we both gained useful feedback to support the project further. It encouraged us to refocus the presentation for the subsequent conference, and we were able to compare and contrast different styles of presentation. This aspect of the event was hugely helpful for our research project, however I was also able to benefit from plenary sessions, hearing other undergraduate papers, and through networking.
The second event, FiR, was a more direct collaboration and the first, and to date only, fully joint presentation of our research. It was a really engaging and professionally useful event, as well as providing opportunity to consider the extent to which the collaboration is likely to continue.
I am grateful to have been able to gain further experience in research collaborations and supervision of undergraduate researchers. "
Reading Musicals: Sources, Editions, Performance Conference in Indiana
Katy Jayasuriya, PhD Department of Music
"The Petrie Watson Exhibition award allowed me to attend and speak at a conference held in Carmel, Indiana. The conference, Reading Musicals: Sources, Editions, Performance, provided a unique opportunity for me to meet and listen to scholars, publishers and practitioners. The event also included a day on critical editions, the focus of my doctoral work and an emerging area of Musical Theatre Scholarship. By presenting in such an environment I was able to receive invaluable feedback on my research from leading experts in the field. Furthermore, myself, two other students and a postdoctoral researcher, all attended as representatives of the University of Sheffield’s Musical Theatre Research Team. This was a fantastic opportunity for us to network with other scholars and talk about the exciting research that is currently being undertaken at the university.
The Petrie Watson made it possible for me to attend and speak at this conference, which has been an integral part of my PhD and career progression thus far."
10th Audio-Visual Art Festival and presentation, seminar and field-recording session in Corfu
Dimitrios Savva, PhD Department of Music
Dimitrios was awarded funding towards a three-week project to Corfu which included taking part in the 10th Audio-Visual Art Festival organised by the Music and Audio-Visual Department at the Ionian University, a presentation of his theoretical and practical PhD research and a concert with works from USSS (University of Sheffield Sound Studios).
He also attended numerous talks and concerts as part of the Festival highlighting different styles an aesthetics of electro-acoustic music and undertook location recordings of performances and field recording of pre-chosen soundscapes.
One of the highlights was the chance to give a seminar to students at the University interested in multi-channel composition explaining theoretical approaches, practical demonstrations and a chance for students to practice new techniques.
International Students’ Conference: Vardzia, Georgia
Nicholas Groat, BSc Archaeology
Nick attended the International Students’ Conference in the medieval monastic cave complex in Vardzia, Georgia presenting a paper on his research on the archaeology of alcohol production and its subsequent interpretations. The location allowed Nick to develop a deeper understanding of traditions in alcohol production by seeing first-hand the archaeological and cultural importance of wine in “Old World Wine” country.
Through the conference and in discussions with others in an academically vibrant environment Nick has decided to expand the scope of his current research into new areas of the Caucuses that he had not previously considered. The opportunity to discuss his research with a wide international community allowed Nick to explore new approaches and examples within the topic of alcohol and identity.
Nick says, “The Petrie Watson grant allowed me to explore a region and period of archaeology that I would not normally be able to access. It became clear at an early stage in the conference that the experience I would gain went far beyond simply being an event where I could present my research. I have already been invited back to speak in 2017 and been asked to bring colleagues from Sheffield to present papers. “
Musicals Research and Conference in New York
Hannah Robbins, Music
Hannah received funding to attend the Song, Stage and Screen XI conference and complete some additional research at the New York Public Library and Special Collections Department at Columbia University. She is writing her thesis on the Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate and had discovered that new materials had been donated and processed which were unrelated to anything she had handled previously.
Her investigation of materials enabled Hannah to find new press coverage of one of the lead dancers of the production – Harold Lang - about which very little was known. Attending the conference Hannah was able to connect with practitioners and scholars and have fruitful and informative discussions and the opportunity to promote the Postgraduate Network in Musical Theatre that she helps to run.
Hannah says, “ The research material I found during this trip have been invaluable to my thesis and have helped me to understand aspects of the musical I didn’t know anything about. It was also useful to have face-to-face conversation with archivists who hold their own collections. I was able to collect sufficient materials to produce a complementary article that is separate to my doctoral research.
Vagnari Vicus Archaeological Excavation Summer Field School
I attended the summer school in a project headed up by Professor Maureen Caroll from the Department of Archaeology. The project investigates the public and private life of Roman locals, their homes and the facilities and the industrial heritage of the central village of Vagnari – a large roman estate in rural southern Italy.
Internship at the Foundation for Twentieth-Century Social History in Bremen
Ben Lewis, Wolfson Scholar, PhD in Germanic Studies,
I spent five days at the Foundation for Twentieth-Century Social History - a forum for interdisciplinary research into twentieth-century socio-political history - based at the University of Bremen. During my internship I shadowed Martin Zahl as he archived documents, requested new materials and replied to enquiries about the foundation and its material. I was also able to work alongside members of the foundation to complete the editing of a soon to be published work which marks the achievements of Global Labour History. The award made it possible to undertake the editing on a face-to-face basis at editorial meetings which were conducted in German. This gave me direct insight into how different the German and British approaches to referencing, indexing and content organisation can be. As a consequence I now feel more confident about working with German publishers in the future.
Guildhall School of Music and Drama Summer Course
Patrick McMahon, BMus Music
I took part in an Advanced Jazz summer school at a conservatoire as a way to spend time working proactively in a creative environment with staff and facilities I would not otherwise have had access to. I chose to study my degree in an academic institution but musical performance is something that I actively wanted to pursue whilst at university. As a training guitarist, I wanted to take part in a short course that allowed me to explore my own creative ideas with other learning musicians, combining taught seminars with ensemble performances so I could develop fresh ideas about my own musical ambitions.
How to apply
First consult with your personal tutor or supervisor about your proposal.
Then complete the application form which can be found in the top right hand corner.
• Give a full and clear statement (approx. 200 words) on the nature and scope of your project or course, its duration, the reason for doing it and the interest and value of the activity.
• Explain if this project is part of a larger project and if you are seeking funds from another body. Include deadlines and decision dates for other funders.
• Identify if there is an outcome such as a qualification
• Say whether the project is dependent on financial support or if it will go ahead in a reduced format without funding.
• Clearly show the full cost of the project. If the amount you are applying for is less than the total please explain where the balance is coming from.
• You must obtain a supporting statement from your tutor before submitting your application.
Send your proposal to your tutor and your department will submit your application for you.
Applications will be considered in March 2020 and you will be notified of the outcome by email.
If you are successful you will be required to submit a 1500 word report of how you used the award and provide all receipts for major items of expenditure.
Any unspent grant must be returned to the University following submission of the final report.
Any queries please contact:
Petrie Watson Exhibitions
Student Results & Awards Team,
Student Administration Service,
Level 6, Students’ Union
Tel: 0114 222 1261