2014 Conference PhD Financial Assistance

The RES will offer financial support for registered postgraduate students not in full-time employment, or for students who have completed their PhD but are not yet in full-time employment. The level of support provided depends on whether you are presenting a paper or not.

The form for making an expenses claim will be available after the conference.. All (original) receipts will have to be sent with your claim within 4 weeks from the end of the conference.

For those presenting a paper

You are eligible for financial support but only if you are a member (or have applied to become a member) of the Royal Economic Society. If you are not a member, follow the links at http://www.res.org.uk/view/membership.html. There is a reduced membership rate for students.

The financial assistance rules, for members of RES, are as follows:

(a) You pay the conference registration and accommodation costs. We will refund you the cost of Early Bird registration for RES members, along with two nights’ accommodation in a hotel (up to a maximum price of £90 per night). A number of suggestions for hotels can be found on the RES conference website.

(b) We will also reimburse a 2nd class off-peak advance purchase return rail fare, or its equivalent, within the UK. Please try to book your tickets well in advance to qualify for a discount. If it is cheaper to fly then please do so. The cheaper the fare you can obtain the more financial support the RES can provide for others.

(c) If you are registered at a university outside the UK, you can apply for financial assistance to cover the cost of economy travel to/from the UK. We would encourage you to book this as early as possible to take advantage of any discounts that are available. The amount of reimbursement depends on whether there is any money left over after the other claims in (a) and (b) are made. RES cannot therefore tell you in advance what support will be forthcoming. (As an illustration, not a commitment, in recent years we have been able to offer something between 20%-40% of these additional costs, but this does depend on the total call on the budget.)

For those NOT presenting a paper

The RES has set aside a maximum amount for financial assistance to registered postgraduate students not in full-time employment who are attending the Conference but not presenting a paper. You are eligible for financial assistance if you are registered as a postgraduate student and not in full-time employment, at a British University and only if you are a member (or have applied to become a member) of the Royal Economic Society. If you are not a member, you can join online by following the links at http://www.res.org.uk/view/membership.html. There is a reduced membership rate for students. You may apply for support to cover both the conference fee and travel costs (as outlined in (a) and (b) above). Preference will be given to those postgraduates who are also receiving some financial assistance from their departments. We will ask you to obtain a letter from your department setting out the financial support it is offering.

Please feel free to contact the RES Conference Secretary (Neil Rickman) at the address below if you require further information.

Neil Rickman

RES Conference Secretary

n.rickman@surrey.ac.uk

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