SPRING Award – how to apply

S.P.R.I.N.G – ‘Supporting Postgraduate Research to Inspire the Next Generation’.

SPRING is a postgraduate research funding competition developed by water@leeds through its Doctoral Research and Training Centre which is open to all postgraduate research students whose research involves some aspect related to water.

The SPRING 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 feature of your PhD but must be a part of the project for which you seek funding under this scheme.

See details of all our previous award winners here.

Award Criteria

The award is given on the following criteria:

  • Awards are aimed to support PhD students who require extra resources of funding for research activities.
  • Preference will be given to new research work and professional development activities.

What is not funded:

  • conferences
  • travel (unless for field work that would not otherwise take place)
  • publication costs.

How to apply

Applicants should complete the application with the support of their supervisor. Download the form here and send your application by email to water@leeds.ac.uk.

Applicants must describe how this award will contribute to their work, emphasising aspects of innovation and potential impact. A breakdown of how the funds will be spent must be provided also.


Round 1: Our June 2021 deadline has now passed. Read the Award announcement here.

Round 2: Our December 2021 deadline has now passed. Award announcement here.

Successful applicants!

  • will be awarded up to £500 for their research project
  • will be invited to present at Confluence, the water@leeds annual event
  • will be featured in our news and on our website
  • provide a brief activity report within six months of the award, describing the work undertaken and including photographs, images and/or charts.
  • will always include supervisors in communications about this award

Applicants please note

the maximum amount that can be applied for is £500. Two or three awards will be made each round and only one application is permitted per round per student.

Unsuccessful applicants may resubmit but must ensure subsequent submissions respond to any feedback received or are significantly different from earlier submissions.