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DRS Student Research Bursary Scheme


The Student Research Bursary Scheme offers grants of up to 500 GBP to student members of the DRS. Five to seven Bursaries are available each year.



To be eligible for a DRS Student Research Bursary, you should:

   • Be a current student member of the Design Research Society;

   • Have a sponsor who is a member of the Design Research Society.


Details of the Scheme

The scheme is intended to support design research projects by DRS Student Members.  Applications to help undertake the project (e.g. funds for equipment, prototyping, accessing research subjects, data collection and analysis etc) and where an impactful publication or practical output will result, are favoured.  Co-funding is encouraged.  Applications for travel funds should contribute directly to the research.  Applications to help with social needs or support for students in developing nations to enable the project to be undertaken may be considered.


Application Deadline

There are no open competitions at this time 


Conditions of Award

There are a number of conditions for successful applicants:

  • A short written report is provided once the funds have been used and within one year following the award;
  • The DRS should be acknowledged in any output to which the bursary has contributed;
  • The report will receive a brief response from the DRS council and will form the basis of a summary of the research that will be added to the DRS website.


Submitting your Application

Completed forms should be sent to:


Reviewing Process

Every application received will be reviewed by a panel comprising three members of the DRS council who will rank applications on the basis of: quality, value for money, and impact. The decision of the panel will be final.

Applications will be reviewed within one month of the submission deadline, with applicants being informed shortly after.

The names of successful applicants will be posted, along with project titles on the DRS website. Final reports of funded projects will also be added to the DRS website.


Download a DRS Student Bursary Application Form


Further Information

For further information about the Student Research Bursaries please contact:

DRS Administrator Linda Anderson

Previous Bursary Awards

2019 - Pushpi Bagchi

            Britta Boyer

            Tung Dao

            María José Izzo

            Alessandra Peppi

            Viola Petrella

            Valentina Marques da Rosa

            Virginie Tessier

            Florencia Varas

2018 - Maria Errazuriz

             Silke Hofmann

            Cecilia Landa-Avila

            Julie Milovanovic

            Laura Salisbury

            Pang Chuan William Wang

            Yang Zhao

2017 - Anna Borzenkova

            Lilian Bosch

            Nico Klenner

            Florence Nwankwo

            Will Renel

            Tian Tian

2016 - Yana Boeva

            Kiwoong Nam

            Nicola St John

            Sky Lo Tian Tian

            Cyril Tjahja

2015 - Clara Aranda-Jan

            Claudia Nunez-Pacheco

            Anna Sadkowska

            Kyungeun Sung

            Iain Aitchison

2014 - Shital Desai

            Serdar Aydin

2013 - Deny Junaidy

            Laura Piscicelli

            Sarah Rhodes

            Timothy Whitehead