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There are a wide range of possible sources of studentships, scholarships and bursaries you will need to begin your enquiries in good time to meet deadlines.
Quite a lot of our postgraduate students are externally funded. Our students have been supported by governments, grants from funding bodies, sponsors, and private sources too. We highly recommend applicants applying for the funding below also look externally for funding.
Further studentships for Overseas and EU/UK applicants may become available later in the year. Any eligible applicant with a pending or accepted online application will be sent the details if they become available.
The Faculty is offering a number of fees-only scholarships for students wishing to undertake full-time PhD study. Awards will be made in the form of a fee waiver and recipients will need to meet their general living expenses themselves. PhD Awards will be made for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.
1+3 (MA + PhD) Faculty Scholarship
Eligibility: UK/EU students only
PhD Faculty Scholarship
Eligibility: UK/EU students only
All applicants must already hold an offer of a place to study and be due to commence their studies during the 2014-15 academic year.
Closing Date: 27th January 2014
Lancaster University forms part of the ESRC's North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC). These scholarships cover tuition and maintenance. Some studentships are reserved for students seeking joint supervision across two or more partner institutions. Students will normally have been offered a place prior to their studentship application. However, studentship applications will be accepted from students who have submitted their institutional application but have yet to receive a formal offer, providing that such an offer has been made by the time of the Studentship Allocation meeting.
Eligibility: +2, 1+3 or +3 funding: UK students eligible for full funding (fees and living expenses) EU students’ fees only funding. EU students resident in the UK for the past 3 years may be eligible for full funding.
Deadline: 27th January 2014
Students will normally have been offered a place at Lancaster prior to their studentship application. However, studentship applications will be accepted from students who have submitted their institutional application but have yet to receive a formal offer, providing that such an offer has been made by the time of the Studentship Allocation meeting.
Due to the competative nature of this funding opportunity usually only students with a first class UG degree or a distinction in their MA would be accepted.
The application process:
Please download the guidance for studentship application and contact Cat Prill if you have any further questions.
Background: In the context of austerity, shrinking public sector social care budgets and demographic pressures, the provision of technological systems aimed at helping older people remain independent at home have been strongly advocated by policymakers. However, how such services are designed, how they work in practice and understanding their social consequences are of critical importance to the quality of life of older people.
The proposed research will be a sociological study of a redesigned telecare service in action. The ongoing evaluation will involve undertaking in-depth ‘user journey’ analysis (following individuals’ interaction with the service), gathering the views and experiences of service users (older people, informal and formal carers and professionals) and benchmarking against external examples of good practice. The researcher will follow the new service in action, mapping the extensive networks involved and created. Fine-grained information about patterns of use/non use will be analysed to provide nuanced understandings of how older people, carers and professionals ‘live with’ these systems. The project will also evaluate the effectiveness of the redesigned service in delaying or reducing the need for more intensive supports.
Alongside the empirical study the research will work with recent insights in social studies of health and medicine and Science & Technology Studies in order to contribute to the growing body of literature exploring the relationship between ageing, technology and care practices. The project will be supervised by Prof Maggie Mort firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Celia Roberts email@example.com in collaboration with LCC.
Essential pre-requisites: An ESRC recognised relevant Masters is preferred, however applications from candidates with alternative relevant experience are welcome. Part-time applications are also welcomed. Candidates must satisfy the ESRC's academic and residential eligibility requirements and be UK or EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for three years. Further information on eligibility can be downloaded from the ESRC web site: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/postgraduates/prospective-students/eligibility/index.aspx
The Social Work pathway in the Dept of Sociology and North Lancashire Citizens Advice Bureau offer an exciting opportunity for +3 collaborative studentship: Understanding Community Based Help-Seeking: A Study of Access, Communication & Referral for Citizen’s Advice
This is a fully funded three-year PhD studentship start date 3 October 2014, which covers full fees plus a Basic Maintenance Grant: £14,210 and a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG): £750. The student will also be able to access a fund for additional travel costs.
North Lancashire Citizens Advice Bureau are the lead partner for a newly funded Community Advice Network Help project. This project is a partnership of 13 advice agencies that cover a range of services within the Lancaster District. The partnership will address the key areas of Access, Referral & Communication, Training & Quality, Social Policy and Needs Assessment.
The proposed research will assist in providing a rigorously evidenced picture of needs within the community and issues around help-seeking and access including:
The project will contribute to the information needs of the CAN Help network and the literature on help-seeking. The innovative focus in this project will be on help-seeking networks, both formal and informal, and how they work (or do not work) together. The project is led by Prof Corinne May-Chahal (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Karen Broadhurst (email@example.com) from whom more information about the project can be obtained.
An ESRC recognised relevant Masters is preferred; however applications from candidates with alternative relevant experience are welcome. Part-time applications are also welcomed. Candidates must satisfy the ESRC's academic and residential eligibility requirements and be UK or EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for three years. Further information on eligibility can be downloaded from the ESRC web site: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/postgraduates/prospective-students/eligibility/index.aspx
Closing Date: 21st February
In association with the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), Lancaster University has access to 40 AHRC studentships per year over a 5-year period covering 2014-15 to 2018-19. The Sociology Department is pleased to offer two pathways for funding this year:
Students should normally have been offered a place at Lancaster prior to submitting their AHRC studentship application. However, AHRC studentship applications will be accepted from students who have already applied for a place at Lancaster but have yet to receive a final offer, providing that such an offer has been made by Lancaster by, at the latest, 21 February 2014. When completing the AHRC studentship form, applicants should liaise with prospective supervisors.
Other useful information on how to apply can be found here
Completed applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For details of other departmental and university funding opportunities, please visit the University postgraduate funding web pages.
Please also see the University Postgraduate Funding Database powered by 'Postgraduate Studentships
Information about funding opportunities for UK students, including Professional & Career Development Loans and Government Funding, is available from the Student Based Services website. These include:
Most graduate students at Lancaster do a certain amount of undergraduate teaching during their study, paid at a generous hourly rate.
If you require further information about fees and funding, please contact Rachel Verrall at:
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