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September 2014

Warwick ERSC DTC - Doctoral Event Grants in Social Science

The Warwick ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) announces a competition for three internal Doctoral Event Grants. Each Grant will consist of a conference budget of up to £1000 to organise a one-day interdisciplinary post-graduate conference (to be held at the University of Warwick) during the academic year 2015-2016.

Event Grants are intended to enhance work on individual PhDs or issues of mutual concern linking two or more PhDs. They may be held by two or more students working collaboratively (at least one of whom must be an ESRC-funded student), or one ESRC-funded PhD student working independently. Grant holders will organise a post-graduate one-day conference on a topic close to the area of their dissertation(s), bringing together scholars working in their field.

This is a one-year grant and is not renewable. It is open to all Warwick ESRC funded students (and all other students if working in a team where there is at least one ESRC-funded student). If you will have completed at least one, but not more than two full-time years (or part-time equivalent) of doctoral research by 1 October 2014, you are eligible to apply.

Applicants should submit a maximum two-page document to Judith McAllister (j dot mcallister at warwick dot ac dot uk) by 12 December 2014. The document should set out:

- The proposed topic of the conference

- The link of the topic to the PhD(s) concerned

- An indication of potential participants

- An indication of costs for specific activities

- Proposed event outcomes and potential impacts

You can any direct queries you may have about this scheme to the DTC Director, Professor Michael Saward (m dot j dot saward at warwick dot ac dot uk).


Midlands Graduate School - Doctoral Event Grants

The Birmingham, Nottingham and Warwick ESRC Doctoral Training Centres (DTC) – working together as the Midlands Graduate School - announce a competition for up to eight Doctoral Event Grants.

Each Grant will consist of a conference budget of up to £1000 to organise a one-day interdisciplinary post-graduate conference. The conferences are to be held at any of the three universities during the academic year 2014-2015 or 2015-2016, and are to be designed to include participants from at least two, and preferably all three, of the MGS partners.

Event Grants are intended to enhance work on individual PhDs or issues of mutual concern linking two or more PhDs. They may be held by two or more students working collaboratively or one PhD student working independently. Grant holders will organise a post-graduate one-day conference on a topic linked to the area of their dissertation(s), bringing together scholars working in their field.

This is a one-year Grant and is not renewable. It is open to all MGS ESRC funded students. Non-ESRC students from the MGS partners are eligible to apply and to participate working in conjunction with at least one ESRC student. If you will have completed at least one year of full-time research (or part-time equivalent) of doctoral research by 1 October 2015, you are eligible to apply. Applicants should submit a maximum two-page document by 12 December 2014 setting out:

The topic of the conference and its importanceThe link of the topic to the PhD(s) concernedAn indication of potential participantsAn outline of activities and anticipated costsPotential for event outcomes and impacts

Please submit your application to the DTC in the institution where the lead organiser is registered. Decisions on successful applications will be made jointly by the three universities.

AUGUST 2014

International Partnership between the DTC and Diego Portales University (UNIVERSIDAD DIEGO PORTALES)

As many of you will know there is an International Partnership between the DTC and Diego Portales University (UNIVERSIDAD DIEGO PORTALES) in Santiago, Chile. This is to facilitate exchanges between PhD students, and support their involvement in research collaboration. Professor Celia Lury is visiting UDP to give a lecture and a workshop in the week 13-18 October, 2014. If you would like to visit at the same time, to build research links with any of the departments, but especially the Human Rights Centre, the Humanities Centre and the Institute for Social Research then please contact Celia to let her know: c.lury@warwick.ac.uk

You are eligible to be considered for this trip which will be fully funded if you are an ESRC DTC student. You would be required to have an interest in finding out about international research collaboration and participate in the workshop and other activities while you are there.

Joint POST-ESRC postgraduate fellowship scheme (please, click for more information)

The scheme provides an opportunity for ESRC-funded postgraduate students to be seconded to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) to assist in producing independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues for Parliamentarians. POST-ESRC Fellows may work on a policy topic grounded in the natural sciences or technology, where social science research evidence has a key role to play, or on a more substantive social science topic of relevance to public policy.

There may also be limited opportunities for some Fellows to become involved with primary research into the use of research evidence in Parliament. Fellows are usually based at POST; however, in some instances, Fellows may also be based for the duration of their fellowship either with a Select Committee or the Library in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords. This will be determined in discussion with the student and be dependent on the work of Parliament.

The scheme is designed to give students first-hand experience of working in science policy and a wide understanding of the work of Parliament. Fellows will be supported by a three month funded extension to their PhD. Additional financial support is available to cover travel or accommodation costs if the successful applicant is usually based outside of London. All eligible candidates will be assessed through a competitive application process.

Events:

Conferences and Workshops
The DTC prides itself on the conferences, symposiums and workshops it organises, closely linked to the ESRC: Doctoral Event Grants (Student Reseachers) and Multidiscplinary Awards (Academic/Collaborative)



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