College of Social Sciences PhD Scholarship

The College of Social Sciences invites applications to its doctoral scholarship competitions. In 2022, we will be running two competitions: one for supervisor-designed projects for which a PhD researcher 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 first 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

  • Lead supervisor of the UKRI submitted proposal must be within the College of Social Sciences, where the PhD researcher will be based. Proposals where the lead supervisor is based in another College will not be considered for the CoSS PhD Scholarships.
  • Applicants must have applied to a UKRI scholarship competition (e.g. ESRC Steers, Collaborative or SDS Collaborative or AHRC Collaborative).  
  • Applicants from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, whose proposed research would usually fall within the competence of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) or Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will be required to complete the SGSSS Steers Competition Expression of Interest form and submit this directly to the Graduate School
  • The College Graduate School will obtain a list of all ESRC Steers/Collaborative/SDS Collaborative and AHRC Collaborative applicants from the SGSSS and College of Arts respectively.   
  • The Graduate School will contact all ESRC and AHRC applicants and ask if they also wish to be considered for a CoSS PhD Scholarship, if yes, they will be provided with further details.
  • 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 14 February 2022  
  • College Selection Panel meets week commencing 28 February to select successful applicants.  
  • Week commencing 07 March: Graduate School advises successful projects to CoSS PhD Scholarship and begins advertising and recruitment with the supervisory team.  
  • 17 March: Student recruitment goes live. Adverts arepublished on Graduate School website, University’s Scholarships and Funding Database and findphd.com.  
  • Successful projects must have identified a suitable candidate no later than 26 May 2022, or the funding will be offered to a reserve project

CoSS supervisor-led competition timelines: 

Date 

Action 

02 December 2021

ESRC Collaborative and SDS Collaborative award outcomes notified (SGSSS)

24 January 2022

AHRC Collaborative projects to be submitted to Arts Graduate School for feedback from the Dean, if desired (this is not mandatory but strongly encouraged)

31 January 2022

AHRC Collaborative projects to be submitted to Arts Graduate School for sign off by the Dean (this is mandatory)

10 February 2022

ESRC Steers award outcomes notified (SGSSS)

14 February 2022

ESRC Collaborative and Steers and AHRC Collaborative projects to provide their propsals to the CoSS Graduate School

Arts Graduate School-approved AHRC Collaborative propsals lodged to SGSAH

Direct applications to CoSS Graduate School from School of Interdisciplinary Studies colleagues

Week commencing 14 February 2022

Applications circulated to College Asssesment Panel

Week commencing 28 February 2022

College Assessment Panel meets to consider applications

Week commencing 07 March 2022

Graduate School advises successful projects and requests either PhD researcher details or advert fo recruitment

17 March 2022

PhD Researcher recruitment adverts go live

April/May 2022

AHRC Collaborative award outcomes notified (SGSAH)

26 May 2022

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

Week commencing 30 May 2022

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

 

Student Led Competition

 Student-Led Competition

  • Applicants proposed lead supervisor must be within the College of Social Sciences, where you will be based. Applicants whose proposed lead supervisor is based in another College will not be considered for the CoSS PhD Scholarships.
  • 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 would usually fall within the competence of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) or Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will be required to complete the ESRC Open Competition form and submit this, along with the same documents, on the new Scholarships Application Portal (Scholarships Application Portal will go live around the 09 December)
  • The Graduate School will contact all ESRC and AHRC applicants and ask if they also wish to be considered for a CoSS PhD Scholarship, if yes, they are directed to complete an application on the new Scholarships Application Portal, giving us permission to use their AHRC/ESRC application documents. (Scholarships Application Portal will go live around the 09 December).
  • When permission is granted, the Graduate School will obtain all the ESRC applications from SGSSS Apply and the applications for AHRC from School of Law and School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • 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 14 February 2022.
  • Simultaneously to this, applicants will be encouraged to lodge an applicaton to the relevant PhD Programme by 14 February 2022. 
  • The Graduate School will compile the applications and produce a brief summary of all applications. 
  • Complete applications and summaries are forwarded to Schools by 21 February 2022 for assessment using the same criteria as the SGSSS Student-led Open Competition Award Marking Framework 2021/22 (https://social.sgsss.ac.uk/files/documents/studentship-competitions/open-competition/08.-open-competition_marking-framework-2021-22-final.pdf)  
  • Schools provide their shortlisted applications back to Graduate School by 10 March 2022 (aligning with the SGSSS Pathway Review Stage) 
  • The Graduate School circulates shortlisted applications to College Assessment Panel week commencing 14 March 2022 for assessment. The Graduate School advises non-shortlisted applicants that they are unsuccessful and will provide information on, and encourages seeking of, other funding opportunities.
  • College Selection Panel meets by 06 May 2022 to select successful and reserve applicants. 
  • Early-mid April: SGSAH advises successful AHRC Doctoral Scholarship applicants. 13 May: SGSSS advises successful ESRC Doctoral Studentship applicants.
  • Week commencing 16 May: Graduate School advises successful applicants to CoSS PhD Scholarship.
  • Graduate School advises unsuccessful applicants and provides information on, ans encourages seeking of, other funding opportunities

CoSS Student-Led competition timelines: 

Date 

Action 

06 December 2021

Applications for AHRC must be submitted to School of Law and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

09 December 2021 

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

14 February 2022

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

21 February 2022

All applications sent to Schools for assessment 

10 March 2022

Schools to provide their shortlisted applications to Graduate School 

Week commencing 14 March 2022

Shortlisted applications sent to College Assessment Panel 

Early-mid April 2022

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

By 06 May 2022

College Assessment Panel meets to consider shortlisted applications 

13 May 2022

SGSSS advises successful ESRC Doctoral Studentship applicants 

Week commencing 16 May 2022

Graduate School advises successful CoSS PhD Scholarship applicants