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  • The Social Lives of Batteries and New Energy Materials

    3 year, fully funded PhD opportunity for UK and EU Citizens, based in the Leverhulme Material Social Futures Doctoral Training Centre, and Sociology Department at Lancaster University, UK.

    Funding application deadline: 4pm GMT on Wednesday 31st July 2019

    Enquiries to: Dr Nicola Spurling

    Supervisor: Dr Nicola Spurling (nb a second supervisor appropriate to the successful candidate will be identified on appointment).

    The Leverhulme Material Social Futures Programme and Lancaster Sociology are seeking a candidate for this exciting PhD opportunity. The position will suit applicants with a background in Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Material Culture or Science and Technology Studies. Experience of qualitative and ethnographic methods, and an interest in one of the following fields is desirable:  mobilities, science and technology studies, social practice theory, new materialisms, sociology of the future.

    Specifically focused on new energy materials, battery technologies and electric vehicles, the PhD will follow batteries through the laboratory and into the possible forms of mobility and everyday futures which they might be part of. This might develop in a variety of theoretical and methodological directions, depending on the interests of the successful candidate, but should include:  i) conducting empirical research on how ‘the battery’ exists in the discourse and practices of material scientists that are working on new energy materials; ii) analysing how such assumptions have implications for the development of new materials and battery technologies; iii) creatively developing ‘everyday futures’ and imagined ‘social lives’ of future batteries.

    The ultimate aim is to explore some of the alternative socio-technical lives of future batteries through focussing on futures of travel in different countries, in transformed vehicle ecologies, and in relation to changed end use practices. Through the Material Social Futures doctoral training centre, there will be many opportunities to engage in dialogue with material scientists (both staff and students), for example, through the MSF training programme, and with a thematically linked PhD in Chemistry on sustainable battery materials.

    Informal enquiries prior to submitting an application are encouraged and can be made directly to Dr Nicola Spurling. Applications should be made via Lancaster University’s online application system. (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/how-to-apply-for-postgraduate-study/).

     

    Applicants must put LEVERHULME under ‘source of funding’ in the online application form.

     

    Social Live of Batteries PhD Studentship further details

  • ESRC funding - North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP)

    APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR 2019-20 APPLICATIONS HAS PASSED.

    Details of ESRC funding for 2020-21 should be available in December 2019

     

    Lancaster University forms part of the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) which offers scholarships covering tuition and maintenance for a Masters plus PhD (1+3) or for a PhD alone (+3, +2).

    The pathways available within the Sociology Department are:

    • Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work (MA Social Research, PhD Criminology)
    • Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World (PhD Environment and Society)
    • Social Anthropology (PhD Sociology)
    • Social Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine (MA Social Research, PhD Sociology, PhD Science Studies)
    • Socio-legal Studies (MA Social Research, PhD Criminology, PhD Law)
    • Sociology (MA Social Research, PhD Sociology)

    Due to the competitive nature of this funding, usually only students with a first class UG degree or a distinction in their MA would be successful. 

    Full details of the studentships and application process are available on the Faculty website

  • Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership

    APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR 2019-20 APPLICATIONS HAS PASSED.

    Details of AHRC funding for 2020-21 should be available in December 2019

     

    Fully funded (fees & maintenance) PhD studentships available for applicants in the Sociology Department planning to study in the Cultural Studies pathway.

     

    Full details of the studentship and application process are available on the Faculty website

  • Faculty Studentships

    APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR 2019-20 APPLICATIONS HAS PASSED.

     

    For 2020-21 we anticipate being able to offer a number of Faculty Scholarships to outstanding UK, EU and Overseas applicants wishing to study for a Masters Degree followed by a PhD (“1+3”), or for a PhD degree within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Details will be made available in early 2020. 

     

  • University funding for Postgraduate students

    Peel Trust Studentship

    Funds of up to £2,500 per annum are available to postgraduate students. The award is based on academic merit and financial hardship. For details of how to apply, please see the student services website

    Research Support and Training Costs

    All registered PhD students are eligible to apply to the Department for research support and research training costs. This may cover, for example, travel and other expenses for research trips to libraries, archives, museums, etc.; expenses related to attending academic conferences where you are giving a paper; or the costs of training in a skill necessary for your research, such as enrolling in a language or other skills course for which no provision exists in the university. Individual requests are usually limited to £250.

  • Other funding

    Visit the Student Based Services website for details on other funding sources for PhD applicants and registered students.

How to Apply

To submit an application, simply create an account on the My Applications website and then select ‘Create a new application’ from your homepage once you are logged-in.

Using your account on the My Applications website, you are able to submit applications for the programme(s) which you wish to study, upload supporting documentation and provide us with information about referees.

Current Lancaster Students

If you are a current Lancaster student, or you have recently graduated from Lancaster, we can reduce the amount of information that you will need to provide as part of your application. You will need to provide only one reference and will not need to supply your Lancaster degree transcript. We will also pre-fill your personal details, ready for you to check.

Finding a supervisor

While it is not necessary to get in touch with potential supervisors before submitting your application, in some cases it can be useful to email staff whom you would be interested to work with before applying. This could be helpful for you in finding out whether you do share similar interests or theoretical orientations, and whether the member of staff is currently accepting new PhD students. You can get in touch with staff directly through the information on their profile pages.

If you use the My Applications website then you will be advised which documentation you need to upload or send to us. We can automatically contact your referees once you have submitted your application if you ask us to.

The supporting documentation screen will provide you with a list of required documents. These will usually include:

  • Degree certificates and transcripts of previous higher education (college/university) degrees or other courses that you have completed/for which you are currently studying. For transcripts in languages other than English, a certified English translation will be required.
  • A personal statement to help us understand why you wish to study your chosen degree.
  • You also need to complete a research proposal which should include the following:
    • the research area you are interested in
    • the research question(s) you are specifically interested in
    • who within our department appears best qualified to supervise you
    • the methods you envisage using in your studies
    • plus any other information which may be relevant
  • An example of postgraduate level written work (e.g. MA Coursework, article or research paper)
  • Two references
  • If English is not your first language, we require copies of English language test results. It is possible for us to consider your application before receiving these test results, and to then give you a conditional offer that will be dependent upon receiving test results at a later date.

You can apply at any time of the year for PhD study, but we encourage you to start at one of the predefined start dates of October, January or April. In some circumstances, a July start date can be considered. 

If you wish to be considered for funding, are applying from overseas or require on-campus accommodation, we recommend you apply as early as possible.

If you would like more information before applying, please contact us at spgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk or + 44 (0)1524 593148. If you have any queries during the application process, please contact our Postgraduate Admissions Team.

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