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 studentships@socsciscotland.ac.uk 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.

ESRC PhD Studentships

The ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (SGS-DTC) Competition is now inviting submissions for studentships. Please note that the applications have to be developed by prospective students. Students may only apply through 1 of 10 Scottish universities but can submit through multiple pathways (e.g. Health, Geography, Economics). All applications will have to be made through the university’s ESRC DTC Contact. Details of the application process can be found here http://www.socsciscotland.ac.uk

Please note, acceptance by the ESRC does not guarantee admittance to the university. The SGS-DTC has no role in this.

The first deadline is 22 February 2013 (Registration). The second is 8 March 2013 (Full application submitted).

Moreover, the ESRC SGS-DTC has allocated up to 9 awards for collaborative studentships.

In 2013 there will be an expectation that collaborative studentships will normally include an element of monetary co-funding. The target amount is 10% of the studentship package, which is approximately £1,820 per annum for a standard studentship. A collaborative studentship can be a 1+3 or a +3 award.

SGS-DTC funding is limited to the standard ESRC studentship package: fees, maintenance, RTSG, overseas travel allowance. Additional funding requirements including travel, subsistence, and accommodation in connection with visits to the collaborating partner, will not be funded by the SGS-DTC.
It is not a requirement that applications identify a named student although they can do so. Where applicants do not identify a named student candidate, they should clearly identify when and how they plan to advertise and recruit a student to carry out the studentship.

Applications for collaborative awards can be submitted by prospective supervisors based within recognised SGS-DTC pathways. The SGS-DTC has designed an application form which will be available on the SGS-DTC website for download and completion.

There are two deadlines:
11 February 2013 – Completed applications to be submitted to the SGS-DTC Directorate.
11 March 2013 – Decisions to be communicated by the SGS-DTC Directorate.