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Application process for project-led competition

Applications are invited from academic staff to apply for funding for projects involving a collaborative partner. Collaborating partners can be private sector companies, public sector bodies or voluntary organisations. The collaborating partner can provide PhD students with the opportunity to gain experience of work outside an academic environment, though collaborations with other higher education institutions are also encouraged. Collaborative projects that involve a financial contribution from the collaborative partner will be prioritised.

Supervisors who are interested in applying, should follow the three-stage process below to help you prepare and submit your application:

  1. Identify and discuss the project with a collaborative partner: Before submitting an application, you should discuss the proposal with a potential collaborative partner. At this point, you should ascertain the contribution (financial or otherwise) that the partner is willing to make towards the project and scope out the PhD project. Note that all applications have to be accompanied by a letter of support from the collaborator.
  2. Complete the Project-led Studentship Award application form: The application form is available here. A guidance document is available to help you complete your application. Once you have completed your form, please submit it to by the deadline of 10am, Tuesday 24 April 2018.  
  3. Recruit a student: You will be advised week commencing 21 May if your project has been funded. You can then recruit a student to your project through the usual channels. The PGR Campaigns Officer will offer support in how to advertise your project (please contact Claire Gamell for support with this). The deadline for applicants to apply for the project is Thursday 21 June 2018. The Doctoral College must be informed by 10am Thursday 5 July 2018 of the name of the student recruited to the project. Note that if a student is not recruited by this point, the funding may be re-allocated. Funding offers will be sent to students w/c 16 July 2018.

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