Closing date: 1 February 2018
Start date: 1 October 2018
The Digital Economy and Society pathway of the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP) invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC PhD studentship, available to start in October 2018 at Swansea or Cardiff University.
We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (i.e. one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant. Each institution values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community.
These studentships are ‘open’ awards. Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the chosen university and to discuss their draft application. Information on the research interests of staff can be found on your chosen university’s webpages, and you may wish to explore opportunities for co-supervision between institutions. A short description of the accredited Digital Economy and Society pathway is available on the ESRC Wales DTP website. The pathway contact at each of the universities may be able to advise you. They are:
ESRC studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should have an excellent background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Master's degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a ‘+3’ award.
Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.
Full-time ESRC studentship award holders cannot hold either a full-time job, or a permanent part-time job, during the period of their award. Part-time ESRC studentship award holders cannot hold a full-time job.
Studentship awards commence in October 2018 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £14,553 per annum for 2018/19 for full-time students, updated each year) and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants.
A ‘1+3’ studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), completing a research training Master's in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A ‘+3’ studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).
To apply, please complete and return the following documents:
*Please note that incomplete applications or applications received after the specified time will not be accepted.
Swansea University, College of Science: please submit your completed application documents to email@example.com
Cardiff University, School of Social Sciences: please apply for a place via http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding/view/esrc-wales-dtp-phd-studentships-in-social-sciences
The deadline for applications is 4pm 1 February 2018.
Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview; interviews are expected to take place in March 2018. After interview, a final shortlist of applicants will be put forward to a Panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. In most cases, successful applicants can expect to hear by mid-April 2018.
Informal enquiries about these studentships are welcome, and should be directed to Dr Matthew Roach (Swansea University, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Professor Matthew Williams (Cardiff University, email@example.com).