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Doctoral Studentships in Science Education at King’s College London funded by the Rosalind Driver Scholarship Fund (RDSF)


School of Education, Communication and Society

About the Programme

 Doctoral Studentships in Science Education at King's College London funded by the: Rosalind Driver Scholarship Fund (RDSF)

We are looking to recruit an imaginative and enthusiastic student to undertake a PhD study in any aspect of science education. Applications focused on the following two areas would align particularly closely with ongoing research in the academic group:

1. What forms of knowing, doing and being are valuable in contemporary science education practice and policy? How might epistemic goals such as knowledge, understanding and activism be conceptualised?

2. How can we best foster and support young people's agency and participation in science and environment-related learning and engagement?

The Rosalind Driver Scholarship Fund at the School of Education, Communication and Society, King's College London 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 to apply).

The successful applicants 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:

Eligibility criteria

Open to all nationalities

Essential criteria that candidates will need to demonstrate include:

• A good (2:1 or 1st class) honours degree

• High merit/distinction at Masters level (or equivalent qualification) in the social sciences/ education or a related field (including some research experience);

• Recent experience of formal or informal learning settings

• A commitment to social justice and equitable access to education

Application procedure

The application deadline is April 23rd 2021

Interviews are expected to take place in the first or second week of May

To apply please go to: https://myapplication.kcl.ac.uk/

• On the online application form, please select “Education Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time)” from the programme list and select September 2021 as the programme start date. Please clearly mark your application “Science Education Ros Driver Studentship” in the Research Proposal box, and enter “Science Education Ros Driver Studentship” in the funding section of your application.

• 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.

• 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 note that you will be asked to provide the contact details of one academic referee, and they will need to upload a reference for your application to be considered.

*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.


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is only available to UK citizens or those who have been resident in the UK for a period of 3 years or more. Some projects, which are funded by charities or by the universities themselves may have more stringent restrictions.

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