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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

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.

South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership – fully funded PhD studentships

The SWW DTP’s studentship competition for September 2018 entry is now open.

The AHRC-funded South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP) is a collaboration between eight leading research universities and multiple arts, heritage, media, and government sector partners, working together to develop a new generation of arts and humanities researchers.

The SWW DTP is designed to lead a new generation of researchers into productive careers whether in academia or professional practice. They provide bespoke support and training tailored to your project and your career aspirations, enriched by the world-class expertise and state-of-the-art resources offered through the partnership.

SWW DTP students have unrivalled access to prestige organisations such as BBC Factual (Bristol), the British Library, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Historic England/English Heritage, London Metropolitan Archives, the National Museum of Wales, the National Trust, and the National Archives, among other partners.

The SWW DTP offers joint supervision arrangements between its partner universities. Students are provided with unparalleled access across institutional boundaries to the most relevant and cutting-edge expertise through these collaborative supervisory teams, ensuring an exceptional breadth and depth of coverage for your project.

This year, in addition to the standard studentship competition, the SWW DTP is issuing a call for applications for Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs). Successful students will take up their awards in September 2018 with the SWW DTP.

Each CDA will be connected to a specific external partner. Supervision will be carried out by a representative from that organisation and at least two academic supervisors from within the consortium.

Please note: the deadline for expressions of interest to work on a CDA project has now passed (14 December 2017).

Applying for a SWW DTP Studentship 

The studentship competition and application system opened on Monday 27 November 2017 and closed on Thursday 11 January 2018. Applications were submitted online and further information is available on the website.

Eligibility 

  • They are looking for students from the UK or EU with evidence of exceptional promise for PhD study.
  • You will have a compelling project that will benefit from the expertise on offer, in and across their range of subjects and from their rich archival resources and network of professional partners.
  • You will have achieved at least a first degree at 2:2 or higher (or international equivalent), and have achieved or be working towards a postgraduate qualification.
  • They also encourage applications from those with non-traditional qualifications/routes who:
    • Have achieved at least a first degree at 2:2 or higher (or international equivalent) and are not presently working towards a postgraduate qualification, but who can demonstrate equivalent experience and aptitude for research in their field.
    • Have a first degree at lower than 2:2 (or international equivalent) but can demonstrate high achievement at postgraduate level.
  • Students without an undergraduate degree may be considered for an AHRC studentship only if they are able to demonstrate substantial equivalent and relevant experience that has prepared them to undertake their proposed course of study. In addition, in such cases, those applying for a doctoral studentship should have, or be studying for, a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification.

Awards are made on academic merit with no fixed limit of students per institution or subject area.

Students applying for this scheme should bear in mind that they are expected to apply via the SWWDTP and their home institution simulatenously in order to be considered. Full guidelines can be found here.

Should you need help in contacting a potential supervisor at Bath Spa University, please email pgradmissions@bathspa.ac.uk for further assistance.

Institute for Education – Postgraduate Research Studentships x2

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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