2019 WRoCAH AHRC Open Competition Studentships

Guidance Notes for Applicants: WRoCAH AHRC Open Competition Studentships

WRoCAH has at least 40 AHRC Open Competition Studentships to award across the three institutions (Leeds, Sheffield and York) for 2019 entry.

 


Why should I apply?

A comprehensive training programme that supports and enhances your PhD

 

 

“I did not expect to be received and supported in the way that WRoCAH supports young researchers. From the start, beneficiaries of WRoCAH scholarships are welcomed, and throughout are supported thoroughly, and endorsed as young professionals. I entered PhD study, fuelled with passion and ideas in my field of study, but came loaded with a degree of apathy for the generic bureaucratic structures enforced by many universities/funding bodies. However, with WRoCAH this is not the case.

My first year of study has been a joy. To my surprise, and in spite of the enormity of the student body belonging to the WRoCAH cohort, I have managed – through carefully structured inductions and well-planned activities – to make friends and have been immersed in an exciting torrent of research that will have an undoubted impact.”
Michael Samuel, University of Leeds

Collaborative events with an interdisciplinary cohort

There are a number of required events and activities that all WRoCAH students will need to attend or complete. These are:

  • 1/2 day Induction 1: Welcome event (October of Y1)
  • 1 day Induction 2: Managing Your Learning (November of Y1)
  • 2 day Colloquium 1: What now? Becoming an independent and international researcher (February of Y1)
  • Project: Exploring international dimension of research (during Y1, integrated with PhD)
  • 2 day Colloquium 2: Who with? Expanding horizons and partnership working (September of Y1)
  • Project: Researcher Employability Project (1-6 months during Y2, separate from PhD)
  • 2 day Colloquium 3: Knowledge exchange and transfer (November, Y3)
  • Project: Knowledge Exchange Project (during Y3, integrated with PhD)
  • 2 day Colloquium 4: What next? Career planning (c. June of Y3)

Total – 9½ days face to face workshops with WRoCAH over the studentship plus additional project activities.

All the activities of the WRoCAH training programme are specifically designed to directly support and enhance your PhD research, develop research skills essential for the 21st century and develop your post-PhD employability whether that is in the academia or beyond.

WRoCAH offers an energetic and established doctoral student community. Students work, network and learn with doctoral researchers from across the three White Rose Universities, with the engagement and support of the 250+ other students who have joined the College since 2014.

See the breadth of research being conducted by our current students here.

Research and training support

WRoCAH students are trained to be globally-minded researchers who consider the relevance and potential impact of their research from the outset.

Exceptional support and a range of additional funding schemes are available to students to support training activities essential for your research, primary research data visits and running events from small reading groups to large international conferences.

Employability

While it may feel a little early to be thinking about what you are going to do after your PhD, a central feature of the WRoCAH training scheme is a Researcher Employability Project spent with an external organisation focusing on just that. You craft the project as it is intended to enhance employability skills in relation to your individual set of professional skills and your career aspirations.

This project will give you the chance to do something that your PhD cannot offer you so will be in an area unrelated to your PhD research. While this project can be completed with the organisation of your choice, WRoCAH works with Partner organisations all over the world to make sure this opportunity offers you the best and most relevant possible experience.

2019 Guidance Notes for applicants: WRoCAH AHRC Open Competition Studentships

Click here to read more about the WRoCAH Training Programme.

Guidance Notes for Applicants

Read the Guidelines for WRoCAH AHRC Competition Studentship Applicants BEFORE you try to complete the application form.  These include helpful advice about completing the various sections of the application form and has a section for Frequently Asked Questions.

Am I eligible?

If you have any doubts about your eligibility please DO NOT call the WRoCAH office. The Postgraduate Scholarships office at your chosen University will be able to advise you regarding any eligibility queries.

Leeds Postgraduate Research and Operations +44 (0)113 343 4077 pg_scholarships@leeds.ac.uk
Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships Office +44 (0)114 222 1417 pgr-scholarships@sheffield.ac.uk
York Research Student Co-ordinator +44 (0)1904 32 3374 research-student-admin@york.ac.uk

WRoCAH AHRC Open Competition Studentships are 2- or 3-year financial awards. You must have applied for a place of study at your chosen University to be eligible to apply for funding through this competition.

Applicants MUST be either:

  • NEW applicants who have applied for a place of study at either Leeds, Sheffield or York with for start on 1 October 2019.
  • EXISTING students who are no further than 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time) into their PhD by October 2019 for award start on 1 October 2019.

No deferrals of start date beyond 1 October 2019 are possible.

Applications are welcome from students from any school or department at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York where the research falls within the remit of the AHRC. If you have any doubts about whether your research falls within the remit of the AHRC, please talk to your prospective supervisor.

You are encouraged to make your application for a place of PhD study as soon as possible, to allow time to work with your prospective supervisor to prepare your WRoCAH funding application.

Once you have applied for a place of study you can start your WRoCAH AHRC Open Competition Studentship funding application. While you can make applications for a place of study at multiple institutions, you may apply to only ONE of the three universities for WRoCAH Studentships funding.

These awards are competitive across the three White Rose Universities with no allocations per institution or subject areas. Prospective students apply directly to WRoCAH and will be competing for WRoCAH AHRC Open Competition Studentship funding with all other applicants from across the three institutions and all subject areas.

Residential Eligibility

AHRC studentships are only available to students from the UK or European Union. Applications cannot be accepted from students liable to pay fees at the Overseas rate.  Normally UK students will be eligible for a full award which pays fees and a maintenance grant if they meet the residency criteria and EU students will be eligible for a fees-only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately prior to taking up the award.

Please read the Conditions of Research Council Training Grants Guide for more information.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for WRoCAH AHRC Competition Studentship funding please contact the relevant University postgraduate scholarships team (contact details above).

What do I get?

Value of financial award

WRoCAH AHRC Open Competition Studentship Awards are made at the UK/EU rates set by UKRI and will cover your research degrees fees and, for eligible students, a maintenance grant (£14,777 in 2018/9).

Duration of awards

Full-time AHRC Open Competition Studentships are awarded for doctoral research programmes of 3 years (36 months) in duration (or 5 or 6 years part time depending on individual institutional policies on research degrees).

Awards for NEW students

Awards will be made initially for 40 months funding. This is comprised of a basic PhD award of 36 months and assumes that you will:

  • Complete an Internationalisation Project (1 month stipend credit)
  • Complete at least a one-month Researcher Employability Project (1 month stipend credit)
  • Complete a Knowledge Exchange Project (1 month stipend credit)
  • Engage fully with the WRoCAH training programme, attending all compulsory events (1 month stipend credit)

The award duration will be confirmed at the First Year progression point. The final award duration may be more than 40 months if:

  • A Researcher Employability Project of longer than one month is planned
  • Substantial language training is required to support your research (additional whole months may be applied for)
  • You will be required to provide additional documentation to WRoCAH at this point to support any additional months requested

The maximum award duration for a new student is 48 months.

Awards for EXISTING students

Awards will be made initially for 28 months funding. This is comprised of a basic PhD award of 24 months and is subject to confirmation that you will:

  • Complete an Internationalisation Project (1 month stipend credit)
  • Complete at least a one-month Researcher Employability Project (1 month stipend credit)
  • Complete a Knowledge Exchange Project (1 month stipend credit)
  • Engage fully with the WRoCAH training programme, attending all compulsory events (1 month stipend credit)

Awards in excess of 28 months may be made if:

  • A Researcher Employability Project of longer than one month is planned
  • Substantial language training is required to support your research (additional whole months may be applied for)

The maximum award duration for an existing student is 36 months.

Start date of awards

All awards must be taken up on 1st October 2019. No deferrals are possible.

Submission within the funded period

All WRoCAH AHRC Open Competition students must submit their thesis for examination within the funded period.

This is a requirement of the AHRC and a condition of accepting a Studentship.

Practically, it means that your final submission deadline is likely to be earlier than unfunded or alternatively-funded students who may be working to a final four year submission deadline. For this reason it is very important that your research project is crafted and managed carefully throughout to ensure submission before your funding ends, taking into account any leaves of absence or suspensions.


2019 Guidance Notes for applicants: WRoCAH AHRC Open Competition Studentships

Ready to apply?

The closing deadline for the receipt of applications is 17:00 GMT on Wednesday 23 January 2019. Applications received after this deadline will NOT be considered for funding.

Read the 2019 Guidance Notes for applicants: WRoCAH AHRC Open Competition Studentships BEFORE you try to complete the application form.  These include helpful advice about completing the various sections of the application form and has a section for Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Click here to apply for AHRC Open Competition Studentship funding for October 2019 entry