Benefits for Doctoral Students

If you choose to do your PhD at the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff or Exeter, you will be part of a globally competitive research network: the GW4 Alliance.

GW4 offers a variety of benefits to postgraduate research students registered at any of its four institutions, including access to a collaborative research network, expert training opportunities and shared resources (e.g. GW4 Treasures and shared equipment).

You can network with senior academics and postgraduate researchers across the South West England and South East Wales region to develop research that competes on the world stage.



The purpose of this award is to fund new student-led discipline-specific research training for postgraduate research students studying at GW4 universities. This scheme is NOW OPEN for applications.

Call Name: Doctoral Student Training Scheme

Call Deadline: 12:00pm 1st February 2019

Applications to be submitted to:

Download: Application form

Download: GW4 Doctoral Student Training Scheme Guidelines



Travel bursaries are now available to GW4 PGRs.

Specifics on eligibility, maximum refundable amounts, etc. are detailed in the application guidelines. Please ensure that you have read these before filling in your application form.

Send your completed application to

If you have any questions about this scheme, please email or call 01179289153.


Research and Professional Skills Training

We are piloting a series of doctoral skills training events and resources, exploring the opportunities and challenges of collaborative research.

Postgraduate research students benefit from access to skills training and resources from across the four institutions.

Follow the links to view the available options and contact the relevant office for more details. In your email please state what session you wish to attend as well as your full name, course of study, university and student ID number. In the subject line, please put: ‘GW4 attendance at [name of workshop or event, date of workshop or event]’.

Priority will be given to each university’s own students.

University of Bath

Researcher development programme

Request a place:

University of Bristol

Personal and Professional Development Programme

Request a place:

Cardiff University

Workshops and event programme

Request a place:

University of Exeter

Webinars at University of Exeter open to GW4 doctoral researchers

Researcher development courses at Exeter

Researcher development courses at Cornwall campus

*Webinars* (the registration process for these is the same as for other training courses – see top of page)

Request a place:



This resource includes presentations, advice and activities around research collaboration for postgraduate research students. This expert guide can be found on the GW4 Portal – find out more and sign up.