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Postgraduate - PhD Fees and funding

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.


This year's funding opportunities are:

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.

 

Faculty Studentships (fees only)

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.

FASS Studentship Application form 2013-14

1+3 (MA + PhD) Faculty Scholarship

Full Faculty 1+3 Studentship Terms & Conditions

Eligibility: UK/EU students only

PhD Faculty Scholarship

Full Faculty Research Scholarship Terms & Conditions

Eligibility: UK/EU students only


To apply please return this application form via email to Sociology Postgraduate Admissions by 30th April 2014

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.

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PhD Studentships in the DEMAND Centre, Lancaster University


Applications should be submitted by 9 May 2014

Two fully funded 3 year PhD studentships in the DEMAND Centre are available to start in October 2014. The Dynamics of Energy Mobility and Demand Centre is a social science led research centre, funded for 5 years by the RCUK energy programme and involving nine University partners and non-academic collaborators. It takes forward a distinctive research agenda investigating the foundations and dynamics of energy demand and the implications for practical interventions to reduce carbon emissions.  The studentships based at Lancaster build on and contribute to the themes of the Centre’s research programme, please see website for details.

Successful applicants will join a vibrant academic community both at Lancaster and across the DEMAND consortium, including postdoctoral researchers and other PhD students. This will provide many added benefits in terms of the development of strong academic and non-academic networks and involvement in summer schools, workshops, seminars and reading and writing groups.

The PhD studentships provide an exciting opportunity to bring fresh perspectives to bear on fundamental questions about the social, infrastructural and institutional bases of energy demand and how these change.   Ideas and concepts from different traditions – including political science; history; human geography; social theories of practice; normative theory; technology/innovation studies; organisation/management studies and sociology – all have a part to play in developing this agenda, and we are keen to attract students with relevant interests and experience across the social sciences.  
Each PhD will have two supervisors at Lancaster (for example: Elizabeth Shove, Gordon Walker, Allison Hui, Nicola Spurling, James Faulconbridge), with others from partner Universities, and from EDF-R&D (Paris) potentially involved in supervisory teams.
PhD Research Topics

We have identified four possible topic areas for the PhD studentships, each of which connects into the DEMAND research programme.  Applicants should propose a project that engages with one of the following themes – and expect to develop their research design and the detailed focus of the PhD along with their supervisory team.  


The Social Organisation of Work

How does the social organisation of work matter for the timing and extent of energy demand?  We invite proposals from applicants interested in developing social theories of institutional and organisational change and in using these to better understand patterns of mobility and energy demand.   Projects could focus on specific topics like flexible hours, part time jobs or home working; or seek to explain changing patterns of business practice (outsourcing, logistics, hot desking, open plan space, travel policies/expectations  etc.) and hence energy demand within one or more fields/sectors.  


Conceptualising Organisations and Institutions


How are complex organisations and institutions conceptualised by those interested in reconfiguring energy demand?   Many areas of energy/transport policy are organised around concepts of organisational decision-making and responsibility that fail to capture the competing interests, priorities and interrelationships of which organisations are often made.  We invite projects that tackle the theoretical and methodological challenges involved in understanding and influencing organisations and institutions as entities that ‘use’ energy – in buildings or in relation to transport/mobility. 
The inadvertent governance of energy demand


We invite proposals that investigate some of the many ways in which the state inadvertently shapes energy demand through one or more areas of non-energy policy.   Examples might include the way in which education policies (school choice, travel, holidays, the school day) have an impact on peak demand, or mobility.   Standards and regulations relating to working hours, or to pensions are also important for where and how people spend their time and for the energy and mobility demands that follow.  We invite proposals that explore some of the surprising and unintended ways in which national and/or local government structures daily lives and the energy demands that follow.  Projects could focus on the UK or take a more international comparative approach.


The social configuration of heating, cooling and lighting: comparative research

We invite proposals that use comparative research methods (for example, between countries, sectors of the population, region, etc.) to better understand how different types of space are heated and lit.  Projects could focus on the domestic or non-domestic sectors, on public or private spaces– from individual buildings through to the urban scale.  Research could explore and compare similarities and differences in the ‘meanings’ of heat and light, the range of industries and professions involved in making and challenging heating and lighting ‘standards’, how heating and lighting provision relates to changes in social practice, and how local traditions and practices persist.


Eligibility and Application Process


Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree at 2(i) or first class level, and a relevant postgraduate Masters degree.  We are only able to accept applications from UK or EU citizens, resident in the UK/EU, for these ‘Home/EU’ fees studentships.  English language requirement is IELTS 7.0.

The studentship will pay tuition fees, and provide a maintenance grant of £13,590 per year for 3 years.  Travel and research costs will be covered by the DEMAND Centre, normally up to £750/year.

Applications should be made via the University application system.  

Please select ‘Sociology PhD’ as the Programme and submit the following documents, in addition to the documents requested by the system (references, etc):

A covering letter outlining:
why you want to undertake a PhD in the DEMAND Centre
why you have relevant skills, commitment and enthusiasm for PhD study
which of the four topics you are interested in and why

A two page proposal (personal statement) for one of the four topics, that expands on the description provided to propose a more specific focus, rationale, research questions and potential methods and includes up to ten relevant references.  This is to enable us to evaluate your ability to develop a coherent and well-argued research proposal. 

A full CV.

An example of your recent written work (an essay or similar).    

When you have submitted your application please also send an email quoting your application number to Kate Wright, k.wright@lancaster.ac.uk.  Kate can be contacted by email or on tel. 01524 510842 if you have any questions or queries.

Applications should be submitted by 9 May 2014.  

Interviews will be held during the afternoon of 27 May 2014.





ESRC FUNDING - NorthWest Doctoral Training Centre

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.
The pathways available in Sociology are:

  • Science, Technology, Innovation and Social Practices (PhD Sociology, PhD Science Studies)
  • Security, Conflict and Justice (PhD Law, PhD Politics)
  • Social Anthropology (PhD Sociology)
  • Social Work (MA Social Work, PhD Sociology)
  • Sociology (MA, PhD Sociology)


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


It is important that applicants inform the department of their intention to apply for ESRC funding as soon as possible. In order to allow the department to review applications and suggest improvements to make them as competitive as possible please can applicants submit their completed ESRC form to spgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk  as soon as possible, by 4pm on 27th January at the latest. We will then contact you and suggest any improvements for you to resubmit the final form by the ESRC deadline of 3rd Feburary

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:

  • Applicants should initially contact Cat Prill (spgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk, 01524 593148) to register their interest in applying.

    Application forms can be downloaded here This application form must be submitted to Cat by email by 27th January.
  • Please forward Cat a copy of your draft research proposal. The 2 page PhD proposal should outline the topic of the doctoral research, key research questions, and the proposed methodology. Prospective supervisors of applicants will help applicants shape this proposal. This proposal should be 2 sides of A4 in length (excluding references).
  • Staff will help applicants identify suitable doctoral supervisors within the Department, however we encourage applicants to make contact with potential supervisors as soon as possible.
  • Applicants for the studentships need to apply to the University via the online system http://www.postgraduate.lancs.ac.uk/Applying/Pages/applying.aspxThis can be a lengthy process, so candidates should start the application process as early as possible. Those applying for 1+3 must submit a 2014 MA application and a 2015 PhD application.

Please download the guidance for studentship application and contact Cat Prill if you have any further questions.

Further Information

North West Doctoral Training Centre CASE award in Sociology


The Dept of Sociology and Lancashire County Council (LCC) offer and exciting opportunity for +3 collaborative studentship: Producing evidence in complex, dynamic organisational and use settings: the case of home telecare for older people
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.

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 m.mort@lancaster.ac.uk) and Dr Celia Roberts celia.roberts@lancaster.ac.uk  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
Application process: please complete the standard PhD in Sociology application procedure at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/sociology/prospective/phd/application.htm. You should also send a letter of application detailing your reasons for applying for this studentship to Cat Prill, Postgraduate Co-ordinator, (spgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk; telephone: 01524 593148.  Application due date: Friday 21 February 2014 for both the letter of application and the online PhD in Sociology application form.

 

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North West Doctoral Training Centre CASE award in Social Work

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.

Background

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:

  1. Why people choose to access advice services and why they choose to access a particular agency
  2. Why certain members of the community may not choose to seek advice at all
  3. How the help-seeking advice network co-ordinates, collaborates, connects and monitors advice to the public.

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 (c.may-chahal@lancaster.ac.uk) and Dr Karen Broadhurst (karen.e.broadhurst@manchester.ac.uk) from whom more information about the project can be obtained.

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


Application process: please complete the standard PhD in Applied Social Science application procedure at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/sociology/prospective/phd/application.htm. You should also send a letter of application detailing your reasons for applying for this studentship to Cat Prill, Postgraduate Co-ordinator, (spgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk; telephone: 01524 593148.  Application due date: Friday 21 February 2014 for both the letter of application and the online PhD in Applied Social Science application form.

 

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships

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:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Media and Communications

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.


Application Form

Application Guidance

Other useful information on how to apply can be found here

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.
Closing Date: 21st February

Completed applications should be sent to michaela.scott@lancaster.ac.uk.

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University funding pages

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

 

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Other opportunities

UK students

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:

  • The Learning & Skills Council operates a Professional & Career Development Loans scheme. Applicants can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year's relevant unpaid practical work).
  • Possible sources of Government Funding include Disabled Student's Allowance, Tax Credits, and (for UK part-time students) Government (state) benefits such as housing benefit, income support and council tax benefit.

International students

A number of funding opportunities are available for international students through the British Council, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Department for International Development.

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Undergraduate Teaching

Most graduate students at Lancaster do a certain amount of undergraduate teaching during their study, paid at a generous hourly rate.

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Further Information

If you require further information about fees and funding, please contact Rachel Verrall at:

Sociology Postgraduate Admissions
Dept of Sociology
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YT


Tel: + 44 (0)1524 593148

E-mail: spgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk


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