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NIHR School for Social Care Research PhD Scholarship based at the University of Birmingham

  • Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)

Profile Description

The Department of Social Work and Social Care is recruiting one candidate to the School for Social Care Research, starting in September 2020

This Scholarship aims to support one promising researcher in the field of adult social care practice. Applications will be considered for research on any aspect of adult social care practice that is consistent with the NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR)'s priorities. We are keen to support proposals that demonstrate originality – perhaps in terms of exploring innovative approaches to engaging with citizens and communities or in terms of applying new theoretical or methodological approaches.

A full scholarship is the equivalent of an ESRC studentship and covers Home/EU fees (£4,407 p.a.) plus a living allowance (stipend) of £15,500 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. For applicants outside the EU a full scholarship equates normally to £19,907 per annum for three years, covering full fees and providing a contribution towards living expenses. Additional support (for travel, conference attendance, general research expenses) will also be available.

The scholarship is available to a candidate of high academic calibre who wishes to conduct doctoral level study on a topic within the research areas of the SSCR. A successful applicant will be expected to have a good undergraduate degree, minimum of a 2:1. They should also hold, or expect to achieve, a good Masters degree (preferably at a distinction level) in a relevant subject. As part of the Department of Social Work and Social Care's commitment to improving social work research capacity, candidates with social work qualifications are encouraged to apply, although practice experience is not essential.

We encourage applications from women and those of diverse backgrounds, including Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, as these groups are underrepresented across the University of Birmingham.

Applications will be assessed on (a) the quality of the student's academic achievements and preparedness for doctoral level study; (b) the quality of the research proposal; (c) the potential to contribute to cutting edge research; and (d) the match of the proposal to areas of research strength within the School. Since we are particularly keen to build on existing areas of research strength, all applicants are strongly advised to contact potential supervisors and to discuss their proposal with them prior to online submission.
How to apply
Potential candidates should apply to undertake a PhD within the Department of Social Work and Social Care at the University of Birmingham, and indicate when applying that they want to be considered for this studentship. See here for guidance on the application process:

As part of preparing the application please make contact with potential supervisors. Professor Catherine Needham will be able to direct you to potential supervisors.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 24 June.

Funding Notes

The studentship will be funded by the National Institute for Health Research's School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR).
The doctoral student will be required to conduct research relevant to adult social care practice in England and in line with the SSCR Business Plan.
The successful applicant will be expected to participate in activities organised by NIHR SSCR, particularly activities that involve other PhD students funded under this programme at other universities, and, as appropriate, other National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and NIHR Academy activities.

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