Extended Training Allowance

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SGSAH has created a new innovation fund, the Extended Training Allowance (ETA), which is available to all 17 member HEIs. These innovation programmes could feed into HEIs’ own strategic objectives/ research output of lead academics while providing much needed training provision/ experience for our doctoral researcher communities. Each HEI can be awarded up to £3,000 per annum. Examples of recent bespoke training includes Homestretch programme with UWS, and the Practice Research Assembly with University of Dundee.

What is the ETA?

The ETA will help support and develop new ideas and opportunities for interactive, interdisciplinary and innovative training aligned to the strengths of our HEIs and linked to SGSAH Strategic Themes and Priority Areas. We invite proposals from members of staff in any of the affiliated HEIs to provide online, in-person, or a blend of both (hybrid) programmes. We also encourage events which may include external partners (such as third sector organisations) in the delivery of training, where appropriate.   

Our key target audiences are doctoral researchers (irrespective of funding) from arts and humanities disciplines, as well as those from connected interdisciplinary subject areas. Programmes should be open to participants from all our member HEIs and should have a minimum of 12 attendees.    

We are keen to encourage use of this training allowance to support match funding from other sources, e.g., legacy or output activities as part of other funding applications. 


Download the guidelines for full details: SGSAH ETA Application Guidance (PDF)


All applications will go through our application portal at SMApply:

Apply Here

For any informal enquiries please contact: HOS@sgsah.ac.uk 


Submission of proposals From Nov 2023 onwards HEIs
Deadline for proposals

18 December 2023

22 April 2024

21 October 2024

Notification of award, PO issued Within 1 month of submission SGSAH
Comms and marketing of events 1 month in advance of events SGSAH and HEI
Bookings and delivery of events Anytime HEI
Evaluation and reconciliation 8 weeks after the event HEI
Payment of invoice On receipt of evaluation and financial reconciliation SGSAH