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Rosalind Driver Scholarship Fund

Rosalind Driver Scholarship Fund (RDSF) studentships: A Studentship in Science Education

We are looking for an imaginative and enthusiastic student to undertake a PhD study examining one of the following research areas:

  • Assessment
  • Enquiry
  • Making and creating (including coding) in STEM
  • Science capital approaches in informal settings

The PhD studentship will be funded by the Rosalind Driver Scholarship Fund at the School of Education, Communication and Society, King’s College London. The Fund was set-up in honour of Professor Driver’s research concerning students’ ideas in science, carried out at Leeds University and King’s College London.

The Fund will provide a studentship (a stipend of £20,000 pa for three years) and tuition fees for the successful applicant at the home fee level (although International applicants are welcome).

The successful applicant will become a member of the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CRESTEM) and be supervised by CRESTEM staff. The studentship will be based at King’s Waterloo campus but may involve travel to fieldwork sites.

For any enquiries please email Dr Heather King: [email protected]

Rosalind Driver Scholarship Fund

Eligibility criteria

Open to all nationalities

Essential criteria that candidates will need to demonstrate include:

  • A good (2:1 or 1st class) honours degree in a relevant subject
  • High merit/ distinction at Masters level (or equivalent qualification) in the social sciences/ education or a related field (including some research experience);
  • Experience of working with the education sector
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Creativity, imagination and enthusiasm.
  • Interest in one or several of the following fields:
    • Assessment in science education
    • Science enquiry,
    • Making and creating (including coding) in STEM
    • Science capital approaches in informal settings

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Rosalind Driver Scholarship Fund

Application procedure

The application deadline is 10-04-2019

To apply please go to:

  • On the online application form, please select “Education Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time)” from the programme list,and select September 2019 as the programme start date. Please clearly mark your application “RDSF studentship” in the Research Proposal box.
  • Applicants are asked to submit a short Research Proposal (max. 2 sides of A4) outlining a proposed study relating to areas outlined above. Please include the following: provisional title, aims, background, methodology and how the proposal fits with CRESTEM’s aims.
  • In the personal statement section please include details of why you meet the criteria, how your qualifications* and experience have prepared you to do a PhD and the reasons for your interest in this studentship.
  • Please also submit a sample of Masters-level writing with your application (e.g. a chapter from a Masters thesis; a journal paper, etc.)
  • Please provide contact details for a least two academic referees in the references section. Please note that unless you have uploaded scanned copies of signed references on academic headed notepaper, academic references can only be accepted from academic email addresses.

*Official final academic transcripts (in English) for all completed undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. Transcripts should show modules completed, grades obtained and your overall degree classification.

Only candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

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