Research Scholarships

Social Policy / Business Management: Fully Funded KESS II PhD Scholarship: Bringing dying home: An evaluation of a volunteer model to reconfigure end of life care

Closing date: 22 February 2019

Key Information

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*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*

Morgan Academy PhD Scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of: Business Management / Social Economic Policy & Social Studies 

This project will evaluate a new service delivery model. Skanda Vale Hospice uses a largely volunteer workforce to deliver a public health model for end of life care to patients with life-limiting illness throughout west Wales and the Swansea Valley. This project will ask whether this new model of hospice care service delivery is both effective and sustainable.

The evaluation approach will be qualitative and ethnographic, it will focus on how the model is understood, experienced and put into action in everyday practice. It will focus on the perspectives of carers, hospice staff and patients alike. The researcher will be immersed in hospice life by working alongside hospice volunteers as one of the team as much as possible.

Evaluation work will consist of gathering qualitative data using participant observation, ethnographic interviewing, collecting and collating life histories and biographical accounts and more structured interviewing where appropriate. Such data will be analysed thematically to build a deeper and engaged ethnographic evaluation of Skanda Vale’s public health model of hospice care.

The ethnographic methodology that will be applied is appropriate to the principles of prudent healthcare, which is co-productive; intervenes as little as possible; prioritises; and is research-based.

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 3 years of funding with a 6 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 60 credit award.


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree and hold a Social Science Master's or other Master's level degree in a related subject. Ethnographic research experience and experience in qualitative data analysis would be an advantage. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees (see for more information). 

Applicants for PhD must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level and a master’s degree with a minimum overall grade at ‘Merit’ (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University).

Non-UK equivalences can be found at

Alternatively, applicants with a UK first class honours degree (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) not holding a master’s degree, will be considered on an individual basis.

English Language
IELTS 6.5 Overall (with no individual component below 6.5) or Swansea University recognised equivalent. Full details of our English Language policy, including certificate time validity, can be found at –

For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the ‌KESS II Participant Proposal Form.

Any queries relating to Section C – Eligibility, please contact


The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £14,483 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances as assessed in section C point 4 on the‌ KESS II Participant Proposal Form.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

How to Apply

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Dr Elaine Forde regarding information on the area of research, by email: (

To apply:

  1. Complete the  KESS II Participant Proposal Form 2018-19
  2. Complete the  KESS II Supplementary Form 2017-18  
  3. You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:
  • Degree certificates
  • Academic transcripts
  • References
  • CV
  • English language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal Form

Please return both application forms and supporting documentation to the KESS office at the address stated on the KESS application form (original ink signatures only).

For any other queries, please contact:

The deadline for applications is 4pm 22 February 2019.