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PhD Scholarships 2015 - The Winners

It was another busy year for our judges at HQ, following the huge response to our PhD scholarships.

Picking our PhD scholarship winners was no easy task, with a huge number of high quality applications. We had creative videos, poems, beautiful artwork, original music and so many worthy applications from prospective PhD students from around the world. Thank you to everyone who took part- you made judging so difficult!

FindAPhD Top Prize Scholarship 2015 (£5,000)

FindAPhD Top Prize Scholarship 2015 (£5,000)

Karina Lickorish Quinn

Country of origin: UK and Peru
PhD: English Literature (Creative Writing)
University: University of Reading

I feel deeply grateful to for choosing my entry to win the scholarship! I have had to do my PhD part-time because I am self-funding, so this scholarship will really help to relieve some of the financial pressure. And to hear that the panel enjoyed reading my entry is a huge confidence boost!

One day I would really like to be a published author, so to study creative writing was a natural choice for me. It was harder to figure out where I should study. I used the advice on to help me choose my university.

I wasn’t very confident I would be accepted onto a PhD in my chosen subject, because neither my undergraduate nor my Master’s degrees were in English! I knew that I would need to write a strong research proposal to show the universities that I had enough knowledge of literature, despite my lack of an English degree! I used the advice on how to write a research proposal as my guru, and it clearly worked!

The judging panel really enjoyed reading Karina’s book- it showed her passion for creative writing, and we were all absolutely immersed in her story- we couldn’t put it down.

Read Karina’s book entry here.

FindAPhD Runner-up scholarship (£500)

FindAPhD Runner-up scholarship (£500)

Niall McLoughlin

Country of origin: UK
PhD: PhD Environment, Energy and Resilience
University: University of Bath

It’s great to be a FindAPhD scholarship winner! Thank you. is super useful when you’re considering where to go with your research interests. There’s also lots of advice and guidance to help clarify things like the application process and funding.

The PhD I’ve chosen to pursue is both interdisciplinary and collaborative, so although I’m based in the psychology department at the University of Bath, I will also be drawing on expertise from the geography department at the University of Exeter. I found this to be a really unique and exciting option.

I hope to continue with a career in research, and contribute to the field of environmental psychology. I’m also really interested in the research and practice of public engagement, and hope to integrate an element of this into my career too. I think this PhD will be an ideal way to build up a range a skills that will be useful for this type of career path. Overall, I hope to contribute something positive to the way people interact with the environment!

The judges thought Niall’s interactive video was really fun and clever. We loved the multiple elements of the video too.

View Niall’s video entry.

FindAPhD Runner-up scholarship (£500)

FindAPhD Runner-up scholarship (£500)

Jessye Aggleton

Country of origin: UK
PhD: Archaeology and Anthropology
University: University of Bristol

I'm elated to be a winner and receive recognition for my entry. Creating the stop-motion film about my PhD was great fun - I'm glad the judges also enjoyed it and thought my research was worth backing! The money will help greatly towards funding my PhD.

Although I had a good idea about my course topic already, was extremely useful for helping me to understand the range of PhDs out there and the best universities for specific research areas; the website has an easy-to-use and extensive database. I found the postgraduate forum on the site the most unique aspect, since it informed me on topics I'd been too afraid to ask about, concerning postgraduate life, funding, and opportunities.

I chose to study a PhD in Archaeology and Anthropology so I could continue my research to assess how bone structures redevelop relative to repeated tool use and loading activities. The University of Bristol offered outstanding project-specific facilities and supervisors, as well as a great reputation for research, which has allowed me to pursue my PhD with confidence.

The judges absolutely loved Jessye’s stop-motion video, which clearly showcased her research aims, and why she wished to do a PhD, as well as being super-fun.

View Jessye’s video entry.

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