Bench fees for coverage of expenses

posted
22-Jan-20, 17:31
by mmartin
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posted about 3 weeks ago
Hi out there,

I have a query about bench fees. I know, there are several posts around here, but none of these seems to answer my question. My supervisor told me about the possibility of using "bench fees" for coverage of travel expenses I had. However, "bench fees" are always described as something to be paid to the university in addition to tuition fees. Has anyone in this forum have something covered by "bench fees"? Or is there maybe another expression for what I am looking for?

Thank you!
posted
23-Jan-20, 11:12
edited about 7 seconds later
by rewt
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posted about 3 weeks ago
I don't know if this differs between universities and fields.

Bench fees, are a pot of money to fund extra costs associated with your research. So like lab consumables, software, conferences etc, that are part of your PhD but have costs. I am in engineering and get £5k a year for to cover all my lab work and conferences. So when I want something, I ask my supervisor for approval and the money comes out of the bench fees. You can think of it as a pot of money that you can spend on your PhD.
posted
23-Jan-20, 12:16
edited about 9 seconds later
by mmartin
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posted about 3 weeks ago
Thank you, rewt.
It just helps me to know, that this is accessible money for my PhD.
I know it will be different from university to university, but could you
give me a hint, where to apply for it?
Is it the faculty's Research Degree Team?
Thanks!
posted
23-Jan-20, 12:26
by rewt
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posted about 3 weeks ago
Ask your supervisor about it. The account is probably already set up and you won't need to apply for it. Ask for a budget code or who in finance can book flights/hotels.
posted
23-Jan-20, 13:01
by mmartin
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posted about 3 weeks ago
Alright, Thanks.

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