Funding for research and fieldwork in the Caribbean

Funding is available from the David Nicholls Memorial Trust (DNMT) to enable postgraduate students in the UK to carry out original substantive research and fieldwork in the Caribbean region. Please see below for more information and relevant links.


Fund Information

Funding body: David Nicholls Memorial Trust (DNMT)

Maximum value: £ 1,500

Application deadline: 01/04/2018


Useful links

David Nicholls Memorial Trust

DNMT Research Bursary



David Nicholls was a priest-scholar for the Church of England and a world authority on the history and politics of Haiti. A Trust was set up in his name in 1997 to maintain, develop and make accessible his book collection which is housed at Regent’s Park College, Oxford and known as the David Nicholls Memorial Library.

The Trust is also committed to supporting original research on Caribbean societies and the region at large. To this end it makes available a bursary to enable postgraduate students in the UK to visit the Caribbean for a minimum of two weeks in order to conduct original substantive research and fieldwork.


Eligibility Criteria

The scheme is open to postgraduate students attending academic institutions in the UK.


Value Notes

An award of up to £1,500 can be made. This contributes towards expenses such as travel to and subsistence in the Caribbean and other costs incurred directly in relation to the research project.

Two-thirds of any award is paid in advance of the project and one third on completion.


Terms and Conditions

Applications will be assessed on criteria such as ways in which proposed research would benefit from a short period of study in the Caribbean.

Proposed research should be completed within six months of the specified start date and within 12 months of the original application submission date. In addition, a statement of actual expenses with receipts and a 500-word summary of the research results and analysis should be forwarded to the Trust Chair.


Application Procedure

Applications should be sent as electronic attachments to Dr David Howard, Trust Chair, by the closing date of 1 April each year. Details are found on the Bursary page.