PhD Studentships: exploring research-informed service change in the Scottish NHS

Funded PhD opportunities are available, hosted jointly by The Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC), the Research Unit for Research Utilisation (RURU), and The Social Dimensions of Health Institute (SDHI) at the Universities of Dundee & St Andrews. These studentships (fees plus stipend at Research Council rates) are to explore aspects of research-informed change in the Scottish NHS. More details can be found here or through links at and

Glasgow University PhD studentship available on Health Inequalities and Multimorbidity

School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

Project title: Health inequalities and multimorbidity: exploiting administrative data to understand the role of social care

Type of award: Scottish Government/ESRC Collaborative Studentship (+3) Closing date for applications: Friday 16 January 2015

Date for interviews: Thursday 29 January

Start date: by 1st October 2015

Summary: Applications are invited from outstanding quantitative social scientists (or from other relevant disciplines) with an interest in pioneering the use of administrative data to examine the problems of multimorbidity (the co-existence of 2 or more chronic conditions within an individual) and the role played by health and social care services. The PhD studentship is funded collaboratively by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre on behalf of the ESRC.
The successful applicant will have an interest in the substantive problems of multimorbidity and in the challenges of understanding the role of health and social care services in the development of health conditions. They will be keen to exploit the potential offered by rapidly-expanding access to linked administrative datasets but also keen to explore critically the strengths and weaknesses of such data. They will need to meet the ESRC research training and residency requirements (see ‘Eligibility’ below).
The studentship will provide an unrivalled opportunity to develop valuable expertise and experience in this kind of work through close links with three major centres for the analysis of administrative data:
• the ERSC-funded Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC), located in the University of Glasgow and the base for this studentship, and focussed on local authority and business data;
• the ESRC-funded Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland (ADRC Scotland), focussed on national administrative datasets, including those for health and social care; and
• the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, part of the Farr Institute for Scotland, which provisions local health data for research.
The student will benefit from excellent supervisory support. The lead supervisor, Professor Nick Bailey, is Associate Director of the UBDC and is also involved in the ADRC Scotland. He is located within Urban Studies, one of Europe’s leading centres for inter-disciplinary urban research, with a strong interest in the role played by public services in producing equitable outcomes for citizens. The student will also besupervised by: Professor Stewart Mercer, General Practice and Primary Care and National Lead for Multimorbidity Research within the Scottish School of Primary Care; and Professor Colin McCowan, Robertson Centre for Biostatistics with 10 years experience working with routine health and care datasets.
Studentship award: Funding will be available for a 3 year PhD programme and will cover fees, research and training expenses and an annual stipend of £14,002 (tbc).
Eligibility: Applicants must have a good first degree (2.1. or higher) in the social sciences or another relevant discipline (such as statistics, psychology, or other health-related subjects). They should also be able to demonstrate that they meet the ESRC research training requirements: successful completion of Masters-level courses in basic quantitative methods, in basic qualitative methods and in social theory for social scientists. Students with strong quantitative skills who do not have the required training in qualitative methods and/or social theory may be considered. In these cases, the award of the studentship will be conditional on them successfully completing agreed training during their first year. A good grounding in quantitative methods is essential, however, given the nature of the PhD.
Students due to complete a Masters programme prior to October 2015 are encouraged to apply although any award may be contingent on final results. In exceptional cases, applicants may be exempt from the research training requirement if they can demonstrate excellent research skills obtained through previous employment.
The studentship has residency requirements in addition to academic requirements. Funding for fees is only available to people who are ‘ordinarily resident in an EU state’ while the stipend is only payable to people who are also ‘ordinarily resident in the UK’. For further information on these requirements, please see: students/eligibility/index.aspx
The selected candidate will need to be approved by the Scottish Graduate School Doctoral Training Centre.
How to apply:
The closing date for applications is Friday 16 January 2015 with interviews to be held with short-listed candidates on Thursday 29 January. Applications should be made online to the College of Social Sciences Graduate School and should include a two- page statement of your interest in the advertised topic. online/
For general information including suitability of existing research training or eligibility, please contact Dr Mhairi Mackenzie, Convenor of the Doctoral Programme at For specific information on the PhD, please contact Nick Bailey at

2015 ESRC Studentship Competition Announcement

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science is pleased to announce the opening of their 2015 Studentship Competitions. All guidance, applications, and deadlines are now posted on the SGSSS website.

ESRC Studentships Available for 2014 across 24 Academic Pathways

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences has now released details for upcoming PhD studentships. if you wish to apply for an ESRC studentship through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science please read the information below. It is essential that prospective students apply and NOT their potential academic supervisors following the process laid out in detail on the website. There are  a number of Award Competitions annually through which studentships can be secured. They are:

The Pathway Competition
The Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) Competition
The Open Competition
The Collaborative Competition
The first three competitions are administered through one single process. ESRC studentships in the Pathway Competition are assigned to our 24 pathways and the pathways award them to applicants on the basis of academic merit. If an applicant is proposing using or developing advanced quantitative methods through their research then they may be considered in the AQM Competition in parallel to being considered in the Pathway Competition.

Applicants who are unsuccessful in securing a studentship through the Pathway Competition and/or the AQM Competition are then automatically considered within the Open Competition. ESRC studentships in the Open Competition are awarded by the Scottish Graduate School, again on the basis of academic merit, through a cross-pathway competition.

Check here for details and deadlines linked to the application process. 

The Collaborative Award Competition is managed separately. Up to 9 PhD studentships in social science subjects will be co-funded. The awards will likely commence in October 2014.

Proposals from academics across the SGS-DTC accredited pathways are welcome.

‘Collaborative’ is defined broadly and covers collaboration with private sector companies, public sector bodies or voluntary organisations. The SGS-DTC Board has allocated up to 9 awards to the collaborative studentship competition for 2014.

 Time Frame for Collaborative studentships

Deadline for applications: Mon 10 February 2014

Decisions communicated to applicants: Mon 10 March 2014

Further Details

 The application form is available for download here.

Interested parties should download and read the guidance notes.


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New collaborative PhD applications invited by Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centres

In partnership with Skills Development Scotland up to 4 co-funded PhD awards have just been announced across the SGS-DTC for the 2013/14 academic year. Expressions of interest need to be sent to by 17 May 2013 with the deadline for full applications to be 7 June 2013.

Topics include:

• Gender & Occupational Segregation in Apprenticeships
• Career Management Skills
• Future Workforce and the Importance of STEM
• Employer Voice in the Skills System
• Transition from Education to Work
• Job Quality
• International Comparisons of Vocational Education and Training (VET) Systems.

Additional information and the application form can be found on the SGS-DTC Website.