ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre Studentship in Social Science in UK, 2015

ESRC funded DTC North West Doctoral Training Centre offers a minimum of 63 new postgraduate studentships per year. These studentships support master’s and doctoral study from September/October 2015 across the full range of social science disciplines at the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester. These postgraduate awards programmes are administered in five different schemes: 1+3 Scheme (One Year Masters + Three Years Doctoral Study); 2+2 Scheme (Two Years Masters + Two Years Doctoral Study); +3 Scheme (Three Years Doctoral Study); +2 Scheme (Two Years Doctoral Study) and +4 Scheme (Four Years Doctoral Study). The application deadline is 2nd February, 2015.. The North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC) is the largest Economic and Social Research Centre (ESRC) funded DTC in England, awarding a minimum of 63 new postgraduate studentships per year to support research and training at master’s and doctoral level. The NWDTC is one of 21 DTCs in the UK and brings together the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester. Studentships are available across the full range of social science disciplines and students have access to research expertise across the three constituent Universities. These postgraduate awards programmes are administered in five different schemes: . Studentships are available to support research and training at master’s and doctoral level at the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Studentships are awarded across the full range of social science disciplines. These are classified into nineteen subject pathways: Accounting and Finance, Business and Management, Development and Humanitarianism, Economic and Social History, Economics, Educational Research: Policy and Practice, Geography and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Language-Based Area Studies (LBAS), Linguistics, Planning and Environment, Politics in a Global World, Psychology, Science, Technology, Innovation and Social Practices (STISP), Security, Conflict and Justice, Social Anthropology, Social Statistics, Social Work and Sociology.
Who can apply to this scholarship? Academic eligibility: For all awards, candidates must have qualifications of the standard of a good undergraduate honours degree at first or upper second class level. For +2, +3 or +4 studentships, the student must also have a masters degree. In the majority of cases, candidates will have undertaken an undergraduate course and/or masters course at a recognised UK higher education institution. However, some may have qualifications from outside the UK, or be able to offer a combination of qualifications and/or experience. In both cases, it will be necessary to ascertain whether these qualifications canbe equated to an honours degree, and at what level. The ESRC bases its assessments of qualifications attained outside the UK on the British Council’s NARIC guide. For non
· UK qualifications transcripts in English as well as details in the original language must be provided with the application form.
· Candidates must be planning to study in an ESRC recognised pathways. Please note that the supervisory fit of your prospective supervision team will be taken into consideration when the application is assessed during the competition. Residential eligibility: Candidates for awards must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if, at the start of the course:
· The student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3
· year period preceding the date of application for an award, and
· Has not been resident in the UK, during any part of that 3
· year period wholly or mainly for the purposes of full
· time education and
· Has settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (i.e. is not subject to any restriction on the period for which he/she may stay).
· A relevant connection may be established for an EU student if the student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3
· year period preceding the start of the course, even if for purposes of full
· time education. EU students in this situation may apply for a full award
· EU Students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years may apply for a fees only award. The above criteria does not apply for applicants to the Economics pathway or those whose project is deemed to employ Advanced Quantitative Methods: such candidates are eligible to apply for a full award whatever their residential status.
Benefits of the scholarship:  A full postgraduate award for full-time study provides (at masters and at doctoral level): -Payment of approved Tuition Fees to the relevant institution -An annual Maintenance Grant (£14,210 for 2015/16 – subject to confirmation from the RCUK) -Students who receive a full-time award in Economics will receive an additional enhanced stipend of £3000. -Students who are undertaking a project which has been identified as employing Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) are will receive an additional enhanced stipend of £3000. Students in receipt of AQM enhanced awards will be expected to undertake an annual review to ensure they are utilising AQM as detailed in their original application. -All NWDTC Students are also entitled to claim certain research expenses from the NWDTC Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). -Students who specify in their original application that their doctoral project will require fieldwork and/or Difficult Language Training may also submit a claim for additional financial support to enable them to undertake this, once they have commenced their studies. For more information on this please refer to the NWDTC web pages. Fieldwork and Difficult Language Training funding can only be claimed at doctoral level, not at masters. -Fees Only Awards for eligible EU students constitutes the payment of tuition fees andeligibility to apply for RTSG and Fieldwork funding. -Students opting to study part time will receive a pro rata maintenance grant of the equivalent of a full time award. -Students will receive additional disability allowance where appropriate.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration:  Studentships are awarded for the duration of programme.
Number of scholarships:  NWDTC is awarding a minimum of 63 new postgraduate studentships per year.

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