Teacher Education Pedagogies PhD Scholarship

Teacher Education Pedagogies PhD Scholarship

PhD Scholarship: Developing pedagogies that work for pre-service and early career teachers to reduce the attainment gap in literacy, numeracy and health, and well-being.

The School of Education at the University of Glasgow invites applications from well qualified students interested in pursuing a full-time PhD in the area of teacher education curriculum and pedagogy

The Scottish Government has agreed to fund a suite of research projects concerning innovative pedagogies and curricula for teacher preparation to complement and support the Government’s Attainment Challenge. These projects will be conducted by eight Scottish universities over the next three years.  The projects share a logic of iterative design-based research to facilitate contextualised interventions at the level of practice in both teacher education and school classrooms, with a layer of rigorous research to generate, document and analyse evidence of change, for better and for worse, and share the professional learning.

As part of this research agenda, the Scottish Government has also agreed to fund stipends to support three PhD studentships, one of which will be hosted by the University of Glasgow. This stipend will be in line with UK Research Council rates (currently £14,777 pa). In addition, the University of Glasgow will cover 100% of student fees.

Applicants should have, or be expected to obtain, a first-class honours degree and/or a master’s degree with a distinction in education or a cognate discipline. Home and EU applicants are eligible to apply.  

How to apply: All applicants should complete and collate the following documentation then attach this to a single email and send to socsci-scholarships@glasgow.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Teacher Education Pedagogies PhD Scholarship application' by 3 August 2018:

  • Academic Transcript(s) and Degree Certificate(s): Final or current degree transcripts including grades and degree certificates (and official translations, if needed) - scanned copy in colour of the original documents.
  • References: Two references on headed paper (academic and/or professional). At least one reference must be academic, the other academic or professional. Your references should be on official headed paper. These should also be signed by the referee. [If your referees would prefer to provide confidential references direct to the University then we can also accept the reference by email, from the referee's official university or business email account to socsci-scholarships@glasgow.ac.uk clearly labelling the reference e.g. “<applicant name> Teacher Education Pedagogies PhD Scholarship”.
  • Copy of CV: detailing relevant education and work experience.
  • Applicant Statement:  A brief 2-page document outlining your research interests and proposed contribution to the research agenda.

For further information or enquiries about the project, please contact Professor Catherine Doherty (email: Catherine.Doherty@glasgow.ac.uk)

Selection process: Applications will be assessed by a panel and shortlisted applicants may be invited to an interview.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within the College of Social Sciences.  Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.

ESRC AQM Studentship: Statistical Modelling of International Climate Treaty Data

ESRC AQM Studentship: Statistical Modelling of International Climate Treaty Data

Description

Climate change is one of the most pressing societal challenges. While many consider the Paris Agreement a success, President Trump’s 2017 announcement to withdraw the US from the agreement has raised concerns about whether other states will also backtrack. This puts a fundamental, counterfactual question in the spotlight: Would the same announcement by any other country have triggered similar worries?

This seemingly innocuous question highlights a major challenge for our understanding of international cooperation. When governments make decisions about whether to join a treaty, such as the Paris Agreement, they consider two things: First, they are forward-looking and try to assess how their own treaty participation affects the likelihood of others to join the agreement. Second, governments look backwards to see which countries have already ratified a treaty before deciding on their own action.

Existing statistical modelling approaches ignore these strategic and relational contexts in which specific agreements are made; they only consider a government’s current choice, independent of how their own choice affects future behaviour by others (strategic context) and what to learn from historic ratifications (relational context). This PhD project hence proposes to assess, both substantively and statistically, the relative merits of two advanced quantitative methods: Strategic Estimation and the Relational Event Model (REM) to investigate international agreement-making to better understand the nature of government choice over time.

Both methods are new to the study of international agreement-making, so applicants would not be expected to already be familiar with these techniques at the beginning of the PhD; extensive training opportunities will be put in place to help the student acquire the necessary skills. An ideal candidate should have a background in political science, international relations, or a related social science with a strong quantitative focus or from (applied) statistics with a strong interest in international relations and climate agreement-making. Any of the following would be an advantage: familiarity with random utility models and/or strategic estimation; familiarity with relational event modelling and/or analysis of dynamic network data; the use of statistical packages, such as R; strong interest in climate change research and international treaty-making

The PhD Project will be Lead-supervised by Dr Patrick Bayer and Co-supervised by Professor Mark Tranmer, both in the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Eligibility

Home/EU applicants are eligible to apply.  

ESRC eligibility information
http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/postgraduates/prospective-students/eligibility/index.aspx

ESRC Eligibility Checker Tool
https://glasgow.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/esrc-award-eligibility-checker-collaborative-awards-2018 

First or Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) or a Master's qualification or equivalent are required

The Award

The scholarship is open for 1+3 (1 year Masters followed by 3 year PhD), or +3 (3 years PhD only) commencing in October 2018 and depending on your eligibility for a full award (see ESRC Eligibility information and Checker Tool above), will provide:

  • a stipend at the enhanced RCUK rate (2018-19 rate is £17,777 full-time / £10,666.20 part time)
  • 100 % tuition fee waiver
  • access to the Research Training Support Grant 

If a fees only award is granted (see ESRC Eligibility information and Checker Tool above), this will provide a 100% tuition fee waiver only.

The full award is only open to UK and certain EU applicants, due to funder residency requirements.  Please check your suitability on the ESRC Eligibility Checker website above.

How to Apply

All applicants should complete and collate the following documentation then attach to a single email and send to socsci-scholarships@glasgow.ac.uk with the subject line 'Statistical Modelling of International Climate Treaty Data Scholarship application' by 26 August 2018

1. Academic Transcript(s) and Degree Certificate(s)

Final or current degree transcripts including grades and degree certificates (and official translations, if needed) - scanned copy in colour of the original documents.

2. References

2 references on headed paper (academic and/or professional).

At least one reference must be academic, the other can be academic or professional. Your references should be on official headed paper. These should also be signed by the referee.

If your referees would prefer to provide confidential references direct to the University then we can also accept the reference by email, from the referee's official university or business email account to socsci-scholarships@glasgow.ac.uk clearly labelling the reference e.g. “<applicant name> ESRC-AQM International Climate Treaty Data Scholarship Reference”

3. Copy of CV

4. Applicant Statement 

A statement of motivation that details your interest in the project and show good fit, especially in the view of the advanced quantitative nature of the project (2 pages max).

5. Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership Equal Opportunities Form

6. Copy of the ESRC Eligibility Checker Tool outcome

Any application which fails to meet the above requirements will not be considered.

For further information or details about the Project

Please contact Dr Patrick Bayer (Patrick.Bayer@glasgow.ac.uk)

Selection Process

Applications will be assessed by a selection panel and shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within the College of Social Sciences.  Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.