The Graduates' Association Fund is utilised for the benefit of students of the University of Dundee and the wider University community.

Applications will be considered from any individual student or student club or society which could potentially make a worthwhile contribution to individuals and the University Community.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be registered students of the University at the time of application.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that benefit to the University as a whole will arise if the proposal is funded.
  • Applications must demonstrate some value to the individual, club or society proposing the project.
  • Applicants must secure matching funding from elsewhere before Graduates' Association funding will be confirmed.
  • Projects funded must be additional to work already completed or underway.
  • Applications are encouraged to take account of any themes identified by the Fund's Directors on an annual basis. For 2012 projects the Graduates' Council Fund Directors have identified the following broad themes: The anniversary of the University's founding in 1882: University Education in Dundee - 130 years on, University sport in the year of the 2012 London Olympics, The 21st century enlightenment, The V&A at Dundee

Applicants should note that the Graduates' Association Fund is not:

  • a travel fund and will NOT consider general travel bids.
  • a conference fund and does NOT support requests for conference attendance.
  • a fund retrospectively supporting projects already underway or completed.
  • a fund to which academic schools can bid.

Students should apply to outside schemes at the same time as the Graduates' Association scheme for 'matching' funding. Maximising the University's success in external competitions not only raises the University's and the Graduates' Association's profile but also enables more students to be supported and makes internal resources go further.

Method of selection

A panel consisting of members of the Board of Directors of the Graduates' Association will judge applications primarily on merit and potential for providing training enhancing the experience of students and student clubs/ societies. Preference will be given to:

  • Proposals that have clearly defined objectives which are achievable by the student/ club/ society in the time available.
  • Projects that best meet the themes outlined annually by the Graduates' Association.
  • Projects that give scope for initiative on the part of the student and provide lasting benefit to the University community.
  • Students demonstrating possible future potential associated with the proposal and an interest in and motivation to complete the work outlined.

Applications

The closing date for receipt of applications is 29 February 2012. Decisions on awards will be made by the Graduates' Association Board of Directors by 30 April 2012 and notified to applicants shortly afterwards. Funds will be made available for projects from May onwards.

Requests for application forms should be sent to Dr Christine Milburn, Policy Officer (Corporate Governance), Policy, Governance and Legal Affairs,University of Dundee by Email.

Upon completion of funded projects a short report of no more than 3 x A4 pages must be submitted by the student, containing: the project aims and key outcomes of the project for the lay reader; an account of the work done during the tenure of the award and the benefit accruing to the University community; comments the awardee wishes to make about the personal value of the experience to themselves; any publications, presentations or other output planned or produced; and the potential future use of results or experiences.

Examples of previously funded projects can be found on the Graduates' Association Webpages.