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Postgraduate Research Funding Opportunities

Thinking about doing a PhD? We are pleased to offer opportunites to undertake funded postgraduate research.

Current opportunities

South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

Bath Spa University is a part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership – a consortium of ten universities funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council which offers 30 doctoral studentships in each academic year. These come with a fee waiver and a full stipend at RCUK rates. For further information on how to apply and the deadlines involved, please see the SWWDTP website.

Doctoral Loans - UK Government

As of August 2018, loans are now available from the UK government for those wishing to undertake doctoral research – further information can be found on the UK government website.

Postgraduate Master's degree loans

Those applying for study at MPhil level are eligible to apply for Postgraduate Master's degree loans.

Past opportunties

Institute for Education – PhD Studentships with Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Thinking about doing a PhD?

The Institute for Education at Bath Spa University is offering a number of PhD studentships to encourage innovative and transformative research in education. In this round, applications are welcomed in the following areas, to start on 1 July 2018:

  • Diversity in Teacher Education
  • History of Education
  • School Uniform, Sexuality and Gender
  • Coastal Communities and Widening Participation
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing.

With its main campus in Newton Park, Bath Spa University is an ideal setting in which to undertake your PhD. We're a leading educational institution in creativity, culture and enterprise. We combine practice, research, and teaching, and we're committed to transforming lives.

Our PhD studentship will support you in planning and developing your career.

You'll have the opportunity to work with academic staff in a range of teaching, learning, and assessment activities to support student learning as a Graduate Teaching Assistant*.

Applications are welcomed from Home/EU and International candidates.

The studentship covers tuition fees for three years' full time study at Home/EU rates and provides an annual stipend of £20,000 for the same period.

Please note: this studentship does not cover fees at international rates. It is expected that International applicants will make up this difference themselves (i.e. £8.305 at 2017/18 fee levels).

*The opportunity to work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on our courses will be awarded to students who have successfully completed their Progression Assessment (i.e. after the first year of study). Pay will be determined by internal rates, and teaching will be limited to six hours per week.

How to apply

Applications should be made online.

For any questions, or for further information, please email pgradmissions@bathspa.ac.uk for further details.

The award is offered full-time. Successful applicants are expected to be available to start their studies on 1 July 2018.

Please indicate in your Research Proposal that you are applying for a Studentship from the Institute for Education, selecting "SCHOL" as your funding option.

The application deadline has now passed (28 March 2018)

Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be notified by 27 April. Interviews will be held on the week of 22 May 2018.

Institute for Education – Postgraduate Research Studentships

The Institute for Education at Bath Spa University is an ideal setting in which to undertake your PhD. As a leading educational institution in creativity, culture and enterprise, we combine practice, research, and teaching, and we're committed to transforming lives.

We've secured funding for PhD studentships designed to encourage innovative and transformative research in a range of areas.

In this round, we welcome applications in the following areas:

  • Disaster education: in particular research related to racial and/ or class inequalities in information, guidance and preparedness policies and practice
    Led by Professor John Preston: j.preston@bathspa.ac.uk
  • Cultural views of disability (D4D) – the ways in which people are included or excluded across society/ societies
    Led by Professor Martin Levinson: m.levinson@bathspa.ac.uk

Our PhD studentship will support you in planning and developing your career.

You'll have the opportunity work with academic staff in a range of teaching, learning, and assessment activities to support student learning. Teaching will be paid at current University Graduate Teaching Assistant hourly rates. In addition, you can gain HEA accreditation (AFHEA) by taking the first part of the University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.

Studentships will be provided for three years, covering tuition fees for full time study at Home/EU rates and an annual stipend of £20,000.

The opportunity to work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant which allows you to carry out up to six hours of teaching and teaching support each week in term-time, in areas relating to the field of education will also be made available – subject to satisfactory progress, in-line with institutional policy.

The award is offered full-time, applications for part-time study will not be considered.

Please indicate in your application that you are applying for a Studentship from the Institute for Education.

The application deadline has now passed (10 December 2017).

Candidates who are shortlisted for interview were notified by 18 December 2017.

Interviews for the studentships in Disaster Education and D4D were held on the week of 15 January 2018.

Please email pgradmissions@bathspa.ac.uk for questions and further information.

Art and Design Studentships – September 2017

Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University, in collaboration with the Sidney Nolan Trust, offered three PhD fee waiver studentships in Art and Design to start in the academic year 2017/18.

The studentships will provide:

  • A full tuition fee waiver for three and a half years
  • A support fund of £1,800 which may be used during the period of the studentship, to support research activities and/or resources such as specialist training, equipment or conference attendance
  • Access to a wide-ranging Researcher Development programme
  • Opportunities to develop teaching skills by participating in Bath Spa's Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme which includes registration on the CPLHE course, which leads to HEA accreditation.

We encourage applications for practice-based and/or theory-based research topics in these areas supported by our tremendous community of research active staff. For more details of their research interests please see the links below:

  • Art
  • Design

For more details of the Sidney Nolan Trust, a charity devoted to the life and work of this internationally celebrated artist based at The Rodd near Presteigne in Wales, please visit the Trust's website.

Dr Graham McLaren, Head of Research at Bath School of Art and Design, was available to answer queries regarding these opportunities during the week beginning 14 August 2017.

Contact details:

Dr Graham McLaren, Head of Research at Bath School of Art and Design
Email: g.mclaren@bathspa.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1225 875520

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