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PGR funding competition: Win £500 to support your water related research


The SPRING competition is a PGR funding award developed by water@leeds which is open to all PhD students working on projects related to water. It provides the opportunity to apply for £500 to support research.

Applications for the December round of the award are now invited. We’ll consider any research that considers water! – whether that’s from physical sciences or humanities. If you've got ideas for H2O then we are interested to hear from you! 

Click here for all the scheme notes  and the application form.  Application deadline is 5.00pm Friday 16 December 2022.

Maybe you work with water sustainability or sanitation?

Mariam Zaqout, School of Engineering used her award to support her research on the Political Economy of Sanitation; driving incentives for more sustainable sanitation services in low and middle-income countries.

Perhaps your research helps implement water policy?

Dewa Ayu Putu Eva Wishanti from the School of Politics and International Studies used her award researching The Impact of Foreign Aid on Water Governance in Indonesia: A Case Study of Fragmented Water Service Reform.

Or maybe you look at water in the physical environment?

Liam Taylor, School of Geography, used his award for working on Using a new generation of remote sensing techniques to monitor Peru’s mountain glaciers.

If it involves water, SPRING could help support a research idea. The award aims to provide additional research funds to research postgraduates to extend the scale and scope of their research projects.  Up to £500 is awarded and winners also receive an invitation to present at water@leeds annual Confluence.

The competition is open to PGRs from any school or faculty of the University of Leeds: there are no disciplinary boundaries. Water does not have to be the central theme of your PhD but must feature in the project you’re proposing for SPRING support. Here's a list of our previous winners.

If you have any questions about making an application, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing