Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world


Scholarships and bursaries

Below are scholarships and bursaries offered by our School.

Postgraduate research

CHSS - Health Services Research PhD Studentship

We are offering a 3 year PhD studentship (full time or 5 years part time) to be based in the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) in the School of Social Policy and Social Research (SSPSSR), University of Kent. We welcome applications to undertake research in health services and evaluation commencing in September/October 2018.

We are looking for a student who is enthusiastic about health services research and can become part of the research endeavour within CHSS. Applicants will have completed a health-related postgraduate training course at Master's level equivalent to merit or distinction with a substantial research training component (such as an ESRC recognised training course).

The studentship will cover tuition fees at the standard postgraduate home/EU rate plus an annual maintenance stipend £14,553 per annum (2017-2018 rate). In addition, there is an annual Research Training Support allowance of £750 to cover conference attendance, training courses, equipment and books.

Interested applicants should apply for a place via the University of Kent‘s online application system. In addition, they must submit through the online application system, by 23.59 on Thursday 1 March 2018, the following:

  1. a research proposal (maximum 2,500 words including references)
  2. a personal statement (maximum 1,000 words) indicating the reasons for doing a PhD at CHSS
  3. transcripts.

Informal enquiries regarding the application process and studying for a PhD in CHSS should be made to Kalliopi Glezakou.

Applicants must ensure that both references have either been submitted by the referees through the online system or sent directly by email to Kalliopi Glezakou by 23.59 on Thursday 1 March 2018. This is the deadline by which the University must have all the supporting documents. The School will not request references on your behalf from your referees, and your application will not be considered if both references are not received. The interview date will be confirmed.

For more information about CHSS and the research interests of staff members check the CHSS website.

Tizard Centre PhD Scholarship

The Tizard Centre is pleased to be offering two PhD studentships. One is open to candidates who wish to study any topic related to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is offered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) model (see below for details).

The second is specifically related to the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). This would be suited to a student who is enthusiastic about behaviour analytic research and is an opportunity to work collaboratively with the ABA and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) programme team at the Tizard Centre. Under the Graduate Teaching Assistant model, the successful applicant would be expected to contribute to our PG programmes in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Positive Behaviour Support. This might include teaching and marking on topics such as: ethical and professional practice in behaviour analysis; concepts and principles of behaviour analysis; behavioural observation, assessment and intervention approaches; and research methods, with a particular focus on single-case experimental design. It might also include individual or group supervision of practical coursework. The specific responsibilities allocated would be matched to the student's expertise, research interests and circumstances where possible and full support will be given. Applicants will need to provide evidence that they are board certified (BCBA) or meet the BACB's eligibility requirements to act as an instructor on our verified course sequences (eg. have completed a relevant MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis or Positive Behaviour Support).

Both studentships offer an exciting opportunity for the right candidates to develop broader subject-specific academic experience alongside their research experience, which would be excellent preparation for a career in academia.

PhD degrees which apply:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Community Care
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Mental Health of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (subject to approval)

You need to make TWO applications:

  1. For a place to study a postgraduate degree at the University - online application
  2. For the University Research Scholarship - application form

 

Both applications must be submitted by the deadline of 23.59 on Friday 7 December 2018. Interviews will be held at our Canterbury campus on Friday 11 January 2019.

Please refer to our website for the research expertise of the academic staff who are currently accepting new PhD students. Information on our postgraduate research programmes can be viewed on our postgraduate studies webpage.

Please note:

  • Successful candidates will have obtained a 1st or good 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, and ordinarily an MA or MSc at Merit or Distinction level.
  • The scholarship covers tuition fees at the 2019/20 postgraduate standard home/EU rate in addition to an annual maintenance stipend based on the current ESRC studentship maintenance (in 2018-19 this represented £14,777 per annum).
  • Applications will only be considered if applicants have secured agreement from a member of staff in their area of interest to supervise them.
  • Only one academic may be approached at a time (multiple simultaneous approaches will result in the application being rejected). Once applicants have identified one supervisor, they need to discuss with supervisors the involvement of a second supervisor in order to ensure that a proper supervisory group has been secured.

Other conditions:

  • All Scholarships are offered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant model, ie. a stipend and a payment for teaching (with the exception to funding being used to match-fund research council scholarships) .
  • Scholarships are only available to new PhD students starting in September 2019.
  • Applications will only be approved if they include two references.
  • In order to fulfil the requirements of a scholarship, international students must be eligible to work in the UK. See Guidance on Checking Eligibility to work in the UK.
  • If successful, international applications will have to cover the difference in fees themselves.

For an informal discussion, please phone Dr Michelle McCarthy on 01227 827997 on Wednesdays or Fridays only.

For questions about the application process please email the Postgraduate Office: sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk

Quantitative Social Science PhD Scholarship

PhD degrees which apply:

  • Sociology
  • Social Policy
  • Criminology

Successful candidates will have obtained a 1st or good 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, and ordinarily an MA or MSc at Merit or Distinction level. The scholarship covers tuition fees at the postgraduate standard home/EU 2018-19 rate, in addition to an annual maintenance stipend set at the 2018-19 rate (in 2017-18 this was £14,553 per annum) and an additional allowance of £3,000 per year to enable you to undertake training in and to apply advanced quantitative methods.

You need to make TWO applications:

  1. For a PLACE to study a postgraduate degree in one of Sociology, Social Policy or Criminology at the University - online application
  2. For the Quantitative Social Science PhD Scholarship - complete this application form.

Information on our postgraduate research programmes can be viewed on our postgraduate studies webpage. For questions about the application process please email the Postgraduate Office sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk

Both applications must be submitted by the deadline of 23.59 on Sunday 21 January 2018. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed during Wednesday 31 January 2018. Interviews will be held the same week on Tuesday 6 February 2018 at our Canterbury campus.

Please note:

  • Applications will only be considered if applicants have secured agreement from a member of staff in their area of interest to be their primary supervisor. Only one academic may be approached at a time (simultaneous approaches will result in the application being rejected). Once applicants have identified one supervisor, they need to discuss with supervisors the involvement of second supervisor in order to ensure that a proper supervisory group has been secured.
  • Only those commencing study in September/October 2018 can be considered for this scholarship.
  • An IELT score of 7.0 for non-UK students with a minimum of 6.5 in all components, as all PhD scholarship students are expected to have excellent communication skills.

Other conditions:

  • All Scholarships are offered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant model, ie. a stipend and a payment for teaching (with the exception to funding being used to match-fund research council scholarships).
  • As part of the scholarship students are expected to attend up to two weeks of training shared between advanced quantitative methods (eg. courses at the Essex Summer School as well as shorter courses) and the pedagogy of quantitative methods teaching in years 1 and 2 of their study. The aim is that students are able to teach on the advanced methods modules that we are delivering as part of the Qstep programme and that they have a good understanding of the advances in the pedagogy of teaching quantitative methods.
  • Scholarships are only available to new PhD students.
  • Applications will only be approved if they include two references.
  • In order to fulfil the requirements of a scholarship, international students must be eligible to work in the UK. See Guidance on Checking Eligibility to work in the UK.
  • If successful, international applications will have to cover the difference in fees themselves.
 

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Last Updated: 06/11/2018