We are delighted to announce that up to 20 match-funded studentships are available for October 2011, or January 2012 starts. These will be allocated to project teams on the basis of a competitive process across the whole of BU led by Professor Matthew Bennett (PVC Research, Enterprise & Internationalisation) and the Graduate School. Only the best projects will be funded and proceed to advert as set out in the criteria below. Preference will be given to those projects demonstrating match-funding, however exceptionally innovative or timely projects on a non-applied theme will be considered for full funding. Applications should be submitted to Fiona Knight (Graduate School Manager) no later than the 13 June 2011. Staff are asked to check the eligibility criteria carefully before applying. Good luck!
Studentship Competition: Details & Criteria
- Preference will be given to matched funded projects
- Matched-funding (50%; £21k over three years) may come from: industry/business partners, government and non-government organisations, Academic Schools, NHS, Research Councils or other external bodies. In seeking match-funding and developing the associated projects applicants are encouraged to avoid a local or regional focus.
- Exceptionally 100% funding may be granted for highly original, timely and non-applied or “blue-sky” research projects especially where they are strategic importance to a research group/centre.
- All projects should be linked to a REF Unit of Assessment and map on to its strategic goals. They must be endorsed by the applicants Line Manager and Head of Academic Group or Deputy Dean (Research & Enterprise).
- All projects should be innovative, novel and applicants are encouraged to appeal to the imagination of the assessment panel.
- The first supervisor should take responsibility for the applications and ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria set out below.
- Studentships are offered on a stipend basis for 36 months only, with fees waived for the same period. Fees will be charged after 36 months. Schools (or match funder) are responsible for providing each studentship with a guaranteed grant of between £3k and £5k over 36 months for use by the student to support fieldwork, consumables and conference travel.
- Normal studentship terms and conditions will apply.
- Applications will be assessed and awards made by a panel chaired by: Vice Chancellor – Professor John Vinney and consisting of: Deputy Vice Chancellor – Professor Tim McIntyre-Bhatty, Pro-Vice Chancellor – Professor Matthew Bennett, and three Senior Grade 2 Professors. None of the panel members are eligible to apply for support.
- Feedback on all applications will be provided to encourage proposal development.
- Once awarded all Studentships will be advertised and subject to a recruitment process managed by the Graduate School. Note that these funds cannot be used to support BU staff to complete doctoral programmes.
- The first supervisor should be the person completing the application and must be a permanent member of academic BU staff.
- The first supervisor should be an experienced supervisor defined as having successfully supervised an entire cycle of a research degree or successfully completed the full PG CERT Research Degree Supervision.
- The first supervisor should be research active, and be in consideration for the REF submission.
- The applicant should be supervising no more than 6 PGR students including this project.
- All proposals should have a balanced supervisory team.
It is envisaged that projects will start in October 2011 or January 2012, as such
- It is envisaged that projects will commence either in October 2011 or January 2012.
- The call for proposals will go live on the 16 May 2011 via the BU Research Blog.
- In late May 2011, a generic “teaser” advertisement campaign (e.g., banner in THES or Guardian) will run announcing forthcoming studentships at BU encouraging potential applicants to watch the website.
- The call for proposals will close 11.30 AM on the 13 June 2011. Submission to the Graduate School Manager who will circulate to the judging panel for consideration. The panel will score each proposal and meet formally to select the successful projects.
- Successful applicants will be informed on the 27 June 2011. Unsuccessful applicants will be provided with formative feedback in the following two weeks.
- Full marketing campaign to be launched on the 27 June and projects advertised externally.
- Closing date for all student applications will be 31 July 2011 using the standard application form and submitted to the Graduate School. The Graduate School will manage the recruitment process.
- Interview days for all October project starts will take place in August. If an October start is proposed the first supervisor must ensure their availability during August to conduct the interviews. All interview panels will be consist of a member of the selection panel, first supervisor and a Professor from the host School and will be arranged and managed by the Graduate School. UEG approval of candidates is required and formal offer letters will be issued by the Graduate School.
- Interview days for all January project starts will take place in September. All interview panels will be consist of a member of the selection panel, first supervisor and a Professor from the host School and will be arranged and managed by the Graduate School. UEG approval of candidates is required and formal offer letters will be issued by the Graduate School.
- Project Start Date 1; 3 October 2011
- Project Start Date 2; 9 January 2012