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ESRC Doctoral Studentships 2012

12 December 2011

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The Cardiff School of Social Sciences, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Wales (Wales DTC) invites applications to a number of fully-funded PhD studentships for the 2012/13 academic year. The School has an international reputation across a number of social science disciplines and fields and was ranked number one in the UK for social sciences ‘research power’ in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.

We have 11 fully-funded PhD Studentships available for the 2012/13 academic year. The School expects to make doctoral studentship awards in Criminology, Education, Science and Technology Studies, Social Policy, Social Work and Social Care and Sociology

Awards are available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years, completing the Msc in Social Science Research Methods in the 1st year, followed by 3 years funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years only, and assumes that the applicant will already have had research training from an appropriate master’s degree.

Studentships will commence in September 2012 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant and an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) for three years for full-time students. In 2011 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £13,590 and the RTSG was £750, but the award levels for 2012 have yet to be published by the ESRC.

Eligibility

ESRC studentships are available from the Wales DTC for UK and EU students who meet residency requirements set out by the ESRC. Please consult the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide for full details on residential eligibility requirements.

ESRC studentship funding is highly competitive. Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class, or upper second class, honours degree or appropriate master’s degree.

How to Apply

Prospective students can apply in one of two ways (but not both):

1. Open Awards - available for study in any area of social science research to be matched with supervisory expertise in the School.

2. Nominated Awards - available for study across a range of specified topics proposed by potential supervisors and aligned to particular research strengths in the School.

Applying for an Open Award

Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation by the deadline of 12.00pm, 16th March 2012. Note that the deadline is absolute and applications received after this specified time and date will not be accepted. 

  • A completed application form for admission to doctoral study in the School of Social Sciences – submitted to the Academic Registry via the online admissions portal.
    (Please specify a PhD in Social Sciences with a start date of October 2012 whether you are applying for a +3 or 1+3 award)
  • Academic References – all admissions applications require two references to be submitted in support. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline, as we will be using these to help us evaluate your ESRC studentship application.
  • Academic Transcripts – where applicable, academic transcripts must be submitted with the online admissions application by the funding deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.

Applicants are encouraged to approach relevant academic staff as potential supervisors before submitting their application (staff research profiles can be found on the School’s website, applicants may also find it useful to consult the School’s principal Research Themes).

If you have any queries about the application process, these should be directed to Vicky Parkin at parkinva@cf.ac.uk

Applying for a Nominated Award

This year the School is offering a number of PhD awards in nominated topic areas, as follows (details available by clicking on the links below):

Nominated awards offer applicants the opportunity to study for a PhD in a topic area specified by potential supervisors. The application process is very similar to that for open awards. Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation by the deadline of 12.00pm, 16th March 2012. Note that the deadline is absolute and applications received after this specified time and date will not be accepted. 

  • A completed application form for admission to doctoral study in the School of Social Sciences – submitted to the Academic Registry via the online admissions portal.
    (Please specify a PhD in Social Sciences with a start date of October 2012 whether or not you are applying for a +3 or 1+3 award)
  • Academic References – all admissions applications require two references to be submitted in support. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline, as we will be using these to help us evaluate your ESRC studentship application.
  • Academic Transcripts – where applicable, academic transcripts must be submitted with the online admissions application by the funding deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.

Applicants to nominated awards should not complete the ‘Research Proposal’ section of the application form other than to copy and paste in details of the research summaries provided. They should use the ‘Personal Statement’ section of the application form to explain why the nominated award they have chosen particularly appeals to them and how they would choose to develop it.

If you have any queries about the application process, these should be directed to Vicky Parkin at parkinva@cf.ac.uk

How Applications will be Assessed

The closing deadline for applications is 12pm 16th March 2012. Application forms will be assessed by the Director of Graduate Studies and relevant academic staff in the School, following which short-listed applicants will be invited to interview. We expect interviews to take place in April 2012. After interview a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to the School’s ESRC Doctoral Panel at which final decisions will be made. Successful applicants can expect to hear by the end of May.

All School decisions will be ratified by the Wales-DTC, and its judgements are final. 

Additional Scholarships

The School of Social Sciences have additional scholarships available. Please check the relevant pages for details and application deadlines:

Research Degrees at the Cardiff School of Social Sciences

 

Contact Details

Miss Victoria Parkin
Administrative Assistant, Research and Graduate Studies

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 70855Extension:70855