Finding & Funding your PhD in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

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  • Finding & Funding Your PhD in the

    Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

    Mark Bennett @postsgradually

  • Arts, Humanities & Social

    Sciences Funding

    3 Myths

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  • Myth 1 - There isn't any...

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  • 8,000 Research CouncilStudentships

    100+ UK Universities

    ??? Charities

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    PhD Student Loans?

    PhD Student

    Loans?

  • Myth 2 - You need full Funding...

    Scholarsh

    ip

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  • Tuitionfees for

    three years

    Livingcosts for

    three years

    A Laser

    12,156 42,171

    60,000+

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  • Myth 3 - You need funding

    before you start...

    Scholarsh

    ip

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    Research Council Funding

    (nice work, if you can get it)

  • 7 UK Research Councils

    Distribute public money for

    academic research

    Approx 8.000 FULL STUDENTSHIPS

    each year

    Research Council Funding

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    Arts & Humanities

    Social Sciences

    Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

    Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)

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    Block Grant System

    Research councils provide pools of

    funding to universities

    Institutions award studentships out of this

    Research councils do not select students

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    Block Grant System - consortia

    Universities bid for funding as consortia

    Consortia include one or more universities,

    + external partners

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    Block Grant System - consortia

    Doctoral Training Partnerships

    Centres for Doctoral Training

    Doctoral Training Centres

    AHRC

    ESRC

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    Research Council PhD Studentships

    What do you get?

    Full fees (approx 4,052 per year)

    A stipend (approx 14,057 per year)

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    Research Council PhD Studentships

    Eligibility

    Main criteria is residency:

    Right to live in the UK (settled status)

    Ordinarily resident for 3+ years

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    Research Council PhD Studentships

    EU Students

    Eligible for a fees only award:(Must have been ordinarily resident within EU for 3+ years)

    International Students

    May be eligible for some ESRC awards

    (at discretion of individual DTCs)

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    Applying for RC Studentships

    Find one RC websites, universities &, of course:

    Apply to university

    Apply for Research Council studentship with university

    Process

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    Applying for RC Studentships

    Personal details

    Degree results / projections

    Research proposal

    Requirements

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    Applying for RC Studentships

    Academic value

    Realistic

    Impact?

    A promising research career

    What does a good project look like?

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    Application Success Rates

    How many students actually get full studentships?

    about 15%

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    Not getting Research Council funding...

    Doesn't mean you're stupid

    Doesn't mean your project is rubbish

    Doesn't mean you can't do a PhD

    & doesn't mean you can't find funding elsewhere...

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    PhD Funding from Universities

    What sort of PhD funding do universities offer?

    Full studentships (alumni, memorials, external partners)

    Specially funded projects (archives, resources, sites)

    Smaller funding (travel grants, conference grants,

    expenses, etc)

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    PhD Funding from Universities

    How do you find it?

    University websites

    The exhibition hall, here, today!

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    PhD Funding from ... charities?

    Charities, foundations, trusts...

    Big research foundations (Wellcome , Leverhulme)

    Academic / Learned Societies

    Miscellaneous charities

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    PhD Funding from Charities

    Finding it

    The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

    PostgraduateFunding.com

    Turn2us

    The Grants Register

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    PhD Funding from Charities

    Applyng for and getting it

    Check you're eligible

    Use a standard covering letter

    Mention any other support

    Show your aims and aspirations

    Provide a reference

    Expect a high rate of nonresponse / rejection

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    PhD Student Loans

    What we do know (sort of)...

    Announced in 2015 budget

    Suggested value of 25,000

    For PhDs and some research Masters

    Repayments incomecontingent

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    PhD Student Loans

    What we don't know...

    When?

    What?

    Who?

    Where?

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