Postgraduate research funding

Postgraduate research funding

The following funded projects are currently accepting applications. Please refer to each project's adverts for full details and application processes.

ESRC Collaborative Studentship - Connecting communities: transformative impacts of community garden networks

ESRC Collaborative Studentship - Connecting communities: transformative impacts of community garden networks

Information on the University/Department

The studentship will be embedded within the Management subject group of the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow. Our postgraduate research training programme combines robust taught research training and applied research practice within a flexible timeframe of three to five years. Beginning with foundation training in research methods, you will follow advanced training pathways in qualitative and quantitative methodologies and benefit from extensive training in research skills. As a postgraduate, you will form the bedrock of our research community, and we will actively encourage you to publish your research and participate in research seminars, training retreats, workshops, conferences and presentations. 

Project details

A wealth of research highlights the benefit of community gardens to urban health and well-being (Draper and Freedmanm 2010), social inclusion (Crossan et al., 2016), and food security (Garett and Leeds, 2015). Urban populations continue to experience multiple deprivation that is linked to spatial vulnerability and limited access to green space. The prevalence of derelict land (SMID, 2016), privatisation of public space (Smith, 2018), and the prioritisation of property-based regeneration (Shaw et al., 2018) that are common characteristics of deprived communities all serve to intensify spatial inequality.  

We aim to examine transformative impacts of community garden networks and conceptualise mechanisms through which community-led gardens can empower communities to transform local food economies. In doing so, this research addresses calls for research on spatial vulnerability (Saatcioglu and Corus, 2016) that acknowledges the ways that consumer disadvantage can intensify due to geographical location. This resonates with our context and collaboration partner, Baltic Street Adventure Playground (BSAP), a third sector organisation that facilitates access to community green space in Dalmarnock – a community which belongs to 5% of the most deprived areas of Glasgow (SIMD, 2016).

Existing research identifies the positive outcomes of community gardens at the individual and community level. Limited research has examined the transformative impacts of these spaces to facilitate network building and social interaction across diverse groups within more deprived neighbourhoods.  This research examines how multiple growing spaces can connect to create transformative networks of food provision for spatially vulnerable communities. It develops a network approach to engage with key third sector organisations, community groups and consumers to generate critical insights into the transformative potential of community garden networks. This research will work towards building impact for communities by developing insights to support the practical development of community governed growing spaces, which may help tackle food inequality for low-income communities.  

Eligibility

Students must meet ESRC eligibility criteria. ESRC eligibility information can be found here*: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/postgraduates/prospective-students/eligibility/index.aspx

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

For 1+3

  • A 2:1 degree or equivalent preferably with a business and management component
  • Demonstrate an interest in, and knowledge of community empowerment and food/environmental sustainability debates
  • Have a good grounding in community empowerment and food/sustainability issues

For +3

  • • A master’s good degree preferably with a business and management component
  • • Demonstrate an interest in, and knowledge of community empowerment and food/environmental sustainability debates
  • • Have a good grounding in community empowerment and food/sustainability issues.

Award details

The scholarship is available as a three year ‘+3 ‘(PhD only) or a four year ‘1+3’ (research masters plus PhD) programme, depending on level of prior qualifications and research training.  This will be assessed as part of the recruitment process.  The programme will commence in October 2019.  It includes

  • An annual maintenance grant at the RCUK rate (2018/19 rate £14,777 full-time).
  • Fees at the standard Home rate.
  • Students can also draw on a pooled Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), usually up to a maximum of £750 per year.

Application process

Applicants must register their interest by completing the ESRC Eligilibility Checker: https://glasgow.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/supervisor-led-awards-esrc-award-eligibility-checker-201 

Applicants should then register on the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences GradHub and fill out equal opportunity data (this is a requirement of the application process and equal opportunity data is used for monitoring purposes only, and not in the decision making process, completing and uploading the following documents on to GradHub:

  • Application form
  • Academic transcripts
  • References
  • CV
  • A short statement (max 1,000 words) explaining how you fit with, and can add to, the research project

The statement should be uploaded as a standalone document with the file named as follows *your name_CumbersGlasgowCollaborative_date*

Applications should be submit application through GradHub https://gradhub.sgsss.ac.uk

Closing Date: 15 March 2019

Selection process

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted for interview by 05th April 2019. Interview dates are to be confirmed.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within the Adam Smith Business School. Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.

Key contact

Professor Andrew Cumbers (Andrew.Cumbers@glasgow.ac.uk)


ESRC SDS-Collaborative Studentship - Entrepreneurialism in Work (EiW): Its forms, requisite skills and enabling organisational factors

ESRC SDS-Collaborative Studentship - Entrepreneurialism in Work (EiW): Its forms, requisite skills and enabling organisational factors

Information on the University/Department

The University of Glasgow, established in 1451, is in the prestigious Russell Group of research intensive institutions and is the fourth oldest University in the United Kingdom. The University combines over five centuries of history with a contemporary focus on world changing research. The University, and the Adam Smith Business School, changes the world through engaging with policy and practice and stimulating economic impact through entrepreneurship and innovation. This scholarship perfectly represents these principles.

The successful applicant will work in the Subject (Department) of Management in the Adam Smith Business School within the College of Social Sciences. The Subject of Management provides a vibrant intellectual and social environment for PhD students, with over 75 currently registered. The latest REF exercise (2014) rated 95% of the Adam Smith Business School’s staff outputs as internationally recognised, and 67% as internationally excellent or world leading. Within Management there are six specialist Research Clusters within which PhD students are located. This project will be supervised by academics in the Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour (HROB) and Entrepreneurship, Development and Political Economy (EDPE) clusters. The Clusters provide an environment for collegial discussion and support, for example providing feedback on PhD students’ presentations and draft papers. Cluster members also welcome engagement with others’ PhD students, giving access to leading expertise beyond the immediate supervisors. The clusters organise regular research seminars, bringing in high profile external speakers. Relevant opportunities and events throughout the College of Social Sciences will also be available for the successful applicant, e.g. in the School of Education.

The Adam Smith Business School and Subject of Management are dedicated to developing their PhD researchers. At the outset of their studies, and then annually, students complete a training needs assessment to ensure they receive the training they require. Formal research methods training courses are offered through the Subject, School and the College of Social Sciences. Students also have access to a wide range of initiatives, resources and courses designed to support their research skills and professional development, from within and outwith the School and Subject. These activities are designed to complement core research methods training and ensure continuous skill development throughout the PhD. The School also offers an annual doctoral retreat with expert speakers and workshops, and a first year PhD study day.

The Subject and School also organise dedicated PHD social events, for example an annual Christmas dinner and a meal following students’ annual review presentations to their Clusters.

For more information on the Adam Smith Business School and its research please see https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/business/research/

For more information on the Subject of Management please see https://www.gla.ac.uk/subjects/management/

Project details

Entrepreneurialism is increasingly viewed as essential within existing organisations as well as for founding new ventures. It is possible to identify and develop the kinds of skills that are necessary for behaving entrepreneurially. However, simply focusing on individuals’ skills and abilities is insufficient, and attention is needed as to the kinds of organisational factors (such as structure, leadership and culture) which may enable EiW to flourish. This is particularly germane given evidence (e.g. in the Skills and Employment Survey) that the kinds of organisational and work arrangements which might stimulate EiW are not the norm in the UK and may even be in decline. There is, however, a timely but relatively recent policy focus in Scotland to stimulate innovative forms of work. This makes Scotland an ideal location for investigating EiW and how organisations may promote it.

A qualitative multi-case study approach is proposed, purposively sampling different kinds of organisations in Scotland pursuing EiW. We propose the student will sample established organisations across different sectors, as well as one or more new entrepreneurial ‘start up’ companies. Access to appropriate organisations will be enabled through the supervisors’ existing networks and through contacts built by the successful applicant. The final decision on research approach and design will rest with the applicant but must include a qualitative element.

Knowledge exchange and impact activities will be foregrounded throughout, for example through collaboration with Skills Development Scotland and the case study organisations. This will include, for example, the production and dissemination of ‘good practice' reports, and a short video. 

Eligibility

Students must meet ESRC eligibility criteria. ESRC eligibility information can be found here*: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/postgraduates/prospective-students/eligibility/index.aspx

Applicants must also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • A good first degree* (at least 2:1), preferably with a social science component.
  • For a +3 award (see below) applicants must additionally have: a) A Master’s degree at merit or distinction level* with a substantial component allied to business, management or related areas; and b) The equivalent of 60 credits research methods training at Master’s level.
  • A demonstrable interest in, and knowledge of, organisations, work and entrepreneurship.
  • A good grounding in social science research methods, economic and management issues.

 * If degree results are not known at the time of application, we can take the application forward based upon grades achieved on the degree so far. Results will need to be confirmed prior to commencing the programme.

Award details

The scholarship is available as a three year ‘+3 ‘(PhD only) or a four year ‘1+3’ (research masters plus PhD) programme, depending on level of prior qualifications and research training.  This will be assessed as part of the recruitment process.  The programme will commence in October 2019.  It includes

  • An annual maintenance grant at the RCUK rate (2018/19 rate £14,777 full-time).
  • Fees at the standard Home rate.
  • Students can also draw on a pooled Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), usually up to a maximum of £750 per year.

Application process

Applicants must register their interest by completing the ESRC Eligilibility Checker: https://glasgow.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/supervisor-led-awards-esrc-award-eligibility-checker-201 

Applicants should then register on the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences GradHub and fill out equal opportunity data (this is a requirement of the application process and equal opportunity data is used for monitoring purposes only, and not in the decision making process, completing and uploading the following documents on to GradHub

  • Application form
  • Academic transcripts
  • References
  • CV
  • A cover letter detailing the following:
    • Your research interests
    • A detailed course description of your Master's research training (where applying for the +3 award)
    • Details of any other relevant training and skills you have
    • Your long-term career goals
    • A short statement (max 1,000 words) explaining how the above fit with, and can add to, the research project.

The cover letter should be uploaded as a standalone document with the file named as follows *your name_HurrellGordonGlasgowSDS_date*   

Applications should be submit application through GradHub https://gradhub.sgsss.ac.uk

Closing Date: 15 March 2019

Selection process

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted for interview by 05th April 2019. Interview dates are to be confirmed.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within the Adam Smith Business School. Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.

Key contact/s:

For further information on the application process and eligibility criteria please contact William Shirriffs (William.Shirriffs@glasgow.ac.uk

For other information (e.g. on the project itself, please contact Scott Hurrell (Scott.Hurrell@glasgow.ac.uk) or Jillian Gordon (Jillian.Gordon@glasgow.ac.uk