College of Social Sciences PhD Scholarship

The College of Social Sciences invites applications to its doctoral scholarship competitions.  In 2021, we will be running two competitions: one for supervisor-designed projects for which a student may not yet have been identified, and one for student-designed projects, supported by supervisors. 

The basic criterion for eligibility is that an application must also have been submitted to a UKRI competition.  The exception to this rule is colleagues in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies whose projects or students would usually fall within the competence of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) or Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) competitions. 

Both competitions may appoint, without constraint, international students. Scholarships will be standard 3-year PhD awards.  The terms of scholarship will mirror those offered by ESRC.

Benefits

All CoSS PhD Scholarships provide a stipend at the UKRI Stipend level; a 100% Tuition fee waiver and access to a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG).

Supervisor Led Competition

Supervisor Led Competition

  • Applicants must have applied to a UKRI scholarship competition (e.g. ESRC Steers, Collaborative or SDS Collaborative or Arts and Humanities Reseacrch Council (AHRC) Collaborative or Applied Research Collaborative).  
  • Applicants from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, whose proposed research does not fit with the ESRC or AHRC supervisor-led competitions criteria will be required to complete the ESRC Steers Competition Expression of Interest form and submit this directly to the Graduate School
  • The College Graduate School has a list of all ESRC Steers/Collaborative/SDS-Collaborative applicants.  
  • All applicants to AHRC Collaborative and AHRC Applied Research Collaborative Competitions must also lodge their applications directly to the Graduate School to be considered for CoSS PhD Scholarships  
  • The Graduate School will contact all ESRC applicants and ask if they also wish to be considered for a CoSS PhD Scholarship, if yes, they are directed to complete a confirmation form online covering GDPR issues. (N.B ESRC Steers/Collaborative will be awarded by 04 December 2020. If they are successful for the ESRC competition, these applicants will not be contacted by the Graduate School)  
  • The Graduate School will compile the applications and produce brief overview summaries of applications  
  • The Graduate School circulates shortlisted applications to College Selection Panel shortly after 25 February  
  • College Selection Panel meets week commencing 15 March to select successful applicants.  
  • Week commencing 22 March: Graduate School advises successful projects to CoSS PhD Scholarship and begins advertising and recruitment with the supervisory team.  
  • Week commencing 29 March: Adverts are live on Graduate School website, University’s Scholarships and Funding Database and findphd.com. Closing date for applications fixed at 30 April 2021  
  • Successful projects must have identified a suitable candidate no later than 14 May 2021

CoSS supervisor-led competition timelines: 

Date 

Action 

25 February 2021 

All UKRI applications lodged to the relevant Research Council

Direct applications to Graduate School from SIS colleagues and all AHRC applicants 

Week commencing 01 March 2021 

Applications circulated to College Assessment Panel 

Week commencing 15 March 2021 

College Assessment Panel meets to consider applications 

Week commencing 22 March 2021 

Graduate School advises successful projects and requests either student details or advert for recruitment 

Week commencing 29 March 2021 

Adverts are published 

Early-mid April 2021 

Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) advises successful AHRC projects 

30 April 2021 

Fixed closing date for all projects which need to recruit 

14 May 2021 

Successful projects must advise Graduate School by this date of the recruited student or the funding is lost and goes to a reserve project 

Week commencing 17 May 2021 

Graduate School advises successful applicants to CoSS PhD Scholarship funded projects. 


Student Led Competition

 Student-Led Competition

  • Applicants must have applied to a UKRI scholarship competition (e.g. ESRC Doctoral Studentships or AHRC Doctoral Scholarships).  
  • Applicants for the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, whose proposed research does not fit with the ESRC or AHRC open competition criteria will be required to complete the ESRC Open Competition form and submit this, along with the same documents, directly to the Graduate School
  • The Graduate School will contact all Stage 1 applicants and ask if they also wish to be considered for a CoSS PhD Scholarship, if yes, they are directed to complete a confirmation form online covering GDPR issues and giving us permission to use their AHRC/ESRC application 
  • The Graduate School will obtain all the ESRC applications from GradHub shortly after 07 January 2021 and the applications for AHRC from School of Law shortly after 07 December 2020 
  • Students who are unsuccessful at the Stage 1 SGSSS applications, but who wish to be considered for a CoSS scholarship, must ask their supervisors to submit a statement of support direct to the CoSS Graduate School, to arrive by 11 February 2021.
  • Simultaneously to this, applicants should also have lodged an application to the relevant PhD Programme by 11 February 2021. 
  • The Graduate School will compile the applications and produce a brief summary of all applications. 
  • Complete applications and summaries are forwarded to Schools by 19 February for assessment using the same criteria as the SGSSS/ESRC Open Competition +3 (https://gradhub.sgsss.ac.uk/docs/159/Assessment-Framework-_3-Open-Competition_2020-21.pdf)  
  • Schools provide their shortlisted applications back to Graduate School by 12 March (aligning with the SGSSS Pathway Review Stage) 
  • The Graduate School circulates shortlisted applications to College Assessment Panel week commencing 15 March for assessment. The Graduate School advises non-shortlisted applicants that they are unsuccessful.
  • College Selection Panel meets on or around 06 May to select successful and reserve applicants. 
  • Week commencing 17 May: Graduate School advises successful applicants to CoSS PhD Scholarship.
  • Graduate School advises unsuccessful applicants

CoSS Student-Led competition timelines: 

Date 

Action 

07 December 2020 

Applications for AHRC must be submitted to School of Law 

07 January 2021 

Applications for ESRC must be submitted  to the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) 

11 February 2021 

Supervisor Support Statements for every application must be received by Graduate School 

Direct applications to Graduate School from School of Interdisciplinary Studies students 

Applicants to lodge a PhD application

19 February 2021 

All applications sent to Schools for assessment 

12 March 2021 

Schools to provide their shortlisted applications to Graduate School 

Week commencing 15 March 2021 

Shortlisted applications sent to College Assessment Panel 

Early-mid April 2021 

Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) advises successful applicants 

By 07 May 2021 

College Assessment Panel meets to consider shortlisted applications 

13 May 2021 

SGSSS advises successful applicants 

Week commencing 17 May 2021 

Graduate School advises successful CoSS PhD Scholarship applicants