Library & Archives Access Bursaries

A limited number of bursaries are available for taught students in the Colleges of Humanities and Social Sciences and International Studies. These are for students who are undertaking or about to undertake their final dissertations or projects, and who wish to access specific online resources or to travel to visit other libraries and/or archives

If you have any queries about the scheme, please contact libraryhelp@exeter.ac.uk

You can apply for a Library & Archive Access Bursary if you meet all of the following criteria

  • You are an undergraduate or taught postgraduate
  • You are about to undertake your final year project or dissertation
  • You are studying in the College of Humanities or the College of Social Sciences and International Studies
  • You are a registered student (not interrupting) at the time of accessing the resource online or travelling to the library or archive

Bursaries are capped at £100 maximum per student.

Bursaries are limited to one per student per academic year. If you wish to fund several journeys or pay for access to multiple resources, you'll need to make the case for all of them in a single application. 

You will need to provide estimated prices in your application - please be as accurate as you can.

Please note that the amount awarded may be less than the amount requested, and not all applications will be successful.

 

The bursaries can be used to pay for physical and/or virtual access to other collections. This can cover

  • travel to a specialist library or archive, or
  • online access to a specialist database or other online resource.

You may apply for both travel and online access in your application. See the boxes below for further details of coverage.

Please note: Library & Archive Access Bursaries only cover travel when you are visiting other libraries or archives. They do not cover journeys taken for other purposes during your dissertation research. Field trips, conferences, seminars, theatre visits, interviews with other researchers, museum exhibition visits etc. all fall outside the scope of this bursary, and we are not able to fund these types of visit.

If you're using the bursary to enable you to visit other libraries and archives, it will cover:

  • Temporary membership fees: for libraries and archives that charge for access
  • Accommodation: if necessary for your visit
  • Travel fares: the most cost-effective method of transport should be used. Usually this will be standard or economy class.
  • Car use: mileage and parking.
    • Mileage rates can be found on the notes page of the Student Expenses claim form. We will need receipts or bank statements as proof of petrol purchase. 
    • If you wish to drive, the owner/driver of the vehicle will need “business use for employers business” included within their motor insurance.  Further information on University expenses policies can be found at: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/finance/policies/expenses/

Your bursary will not cover

  • food 
  • printing, photocopying or photography costs.

Please note: Library & Archive Access Bursaries only cover travel when you are visiting other libraries or archives. They do not cover journeys taken for other purposes during your dissertation research. Field trips, conferences, seminars, theatre visits, interviews with other researchers, museum exhibition visits etc. all fall outside the scope of this bursary, and we are not able to fund these types of visit.

If you're using the bursary to fund online access to resources, it will cover:

  • Individual temporary access to an online database, or similar resource.
  • Digitisation of a thesis via EThOS.

It cannot be used to pay for Inter-Library Loans. If you are unsure of whether your resource is eligible, please contact us before applying. 

Fill out a Library and Archive Bursaries Application Form, and forward it on to your dissertation or project supervisor.

We will need them to approve your application, and email it to us at libraryhelp@exeter.ac.uk. Your tutor or supervisor's support is vital, and applications will only be accepted if forwarded on by them.

You can apply at any time. There will be two blocks of funding this academic year, the first running from 1st September until 31st January, and the second from 1st February to 30th June. Within each block, applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible in the block, as applications will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis until the funding for the block has been fully committed.

Applications will be acknowledged within 10 working days. We will get back to you with a decision within a month of your application.‌

Students in HUMS and SSIS will send application forms to project/dissertation tutors or supervisors for approval.

As dissertation supervisors, we recognise that you are best-placed to assess the validity of a student's application, and the relevance of any request to their project. We ask you to enter your details and answer 3 quick questions. You're welcome to add any supporting information.

When you receive a Library Bursary form, please complete Section 5, and forward it on to us from your University email account. 

Library staff will then check that applications meet the criteria, that the resource requested is not already in stock, and that funding is available to meet the request. 

Approved application forms, and any queries, should be addressed to libraryhelp@exeter.ac.uk