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Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP Studentship Application Form (Loughborough)

Please complete the application form below in order to be considered for a Midlands Graduate School ESRC PhD studentship starting in October 2018. The deadline for applications is Thursday 18th January 2018 (23:59 GMT).

This online application form cannot be saved and must be completed in one go. Therefore, in order to help you complete the online form, applicants may find it useful to download a copy of the application form available here.

1: Applicant Details

2: The University, School/Department in which you intend to study and your intended programme of research
Please refer to the Guidance Notes for detailed information about which scheme you should apply for.
Name of supervisors (You must have identified two supervisors in order to be considered for ESRC DTP funding)

3: Residency
Current Address:

4: Qualifications
Provide details of the institutions you have attended (or are attending), and the courses you have taken at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

For the first set of details please outline your undergraduate course, and then complete the remaining sections if applicable.
Month and year in which your course started and finished (or will finish)
For the second set of details please outline your postgraduate course if applicable
Month and year in which your course started and finished (or will finish)

5: Previous Research Methods and Core Skills Training
If you are applying for a +3 or +3.5 programme you must hold, or have completed by the time you begin the programme, a Masters qualification with a high grade.

Please give details of the composition of your Masters course by listing modules you have (or will have) undertaken. You must provide sufficient information for us to assess whether the Masters course contained the requisite training in research methods and core discipline skills to prepare you for a research degree.

The ESRC expects all DTP researchers to be trained in the following areas:

• Philosophy of Social Science Research
• Research Design, Practice and Ethics
• Quantitative Research Methods
• Qualitative Research Methods

Please ensure you outline any previous Research Methods and Core Skills Training you have undertaken as part of a Masters.

6: Professional Experience that is relevant to this application

7: Other Experience and/or Awards

8: Project Details
Please attach a supporting statement as a Word Document. This should be a maximum of 1,000 words, no smaller than Arial font 11 (you may include an additional 1 side of A4 for references and figures only)

The case for support should include:
• An outline of your research project and its theoretical background
• How your project relates to previous and current research in the field
• The significance of the proposed research (intellectual, practical, etc.)
• The methodology and why it is a good fit for your project
• How your project relates to your previous research and experience

1+3 programme applicants need to give an indicative answer as your research interests will develop further during the year of your Masters training. We are not looking for a refined research proposal with full methodological details at this stage, but an indication of your probable research area, an indicative topic and a case for why this is important. You should show how this will build towards a PhD.

+3 and +3.5 programme applicants should give a provisional thesis title/topic, explain the context of the research, its aims and objectives and its potential research outcomes. Students should give a description of their proposed research topic including the questions or hypotheses to be addressed, the methods to be used, the sources to be consulted and a brief timetable covering the period of study. Details of field work should be included in the timetable.

If you have already begun your doctoral study, please remember to refer to the research you have undertaken to date.

The project details supporting statement should be attached at the end of this online application under Question 16. Uploading Supervisor Supporting Statement and other Documentation

9: Personal Statement

10: Details of Project Partners and Collaborators
If your project is likely to involve collaboration with an external partner please provide details below and include:
• Name of the organisation
• Name and details of contact at the organisation
• Sector of organisation (public, private, voluntary/charitable)
• Nature of collaboration (e.g. internship, placement, allocated workspace)
Only complete this section if applicable. (Maximum 200 words)

11: Overseas Fieldwork

12. Language Training

13: Ethical and Intellectual Property Issues

15: Equality and Diversity Data Form
The ESRC are seeking demographic statistics for the overall applicant pool for the purpose of equal opportunities monitoring. In order to comply with our ESRC reporting requirements as you applying for ESRC DTP funding from the Midlands Graduate School, you should also complete our ‘Equality and Diversity Data Form’ available online here:

For each category you can select a ‘Prefer not to say’ option and the information collected in this form will only be used for the purpose of equal opportunities monitoring and will be shared with the ESRC in an anonymised manner to this end.

16: Uploading Supervisor Supporting Statement, References and other Documentation
In addition to uploading your ‘Project Details’ as outlined in Question 8 please also upload:
• The completed ‘Supporting Statement from Prospective Lead Supervisor’
• Transcripts of your previous qualifications

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The University of Warwick will use your personal data provided in this application form for the purpose of assessing your application and eligibility for the Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP Studentship. Your personal data will not be shared or disclosed to any third parties external to the University of Warwick except a limited number of administrators and academics across the 6 institutions that form part of the Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP (Universities of: Aston, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough and Nottingham) who will use your personal data for the purposes of assessing your application and eligibility only. If successful in your application, the Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP will also use your personal data for the purposes of administering your studentship. By submitting this application you understand that your personal data will be processed and used by the University of Warwick and the Universities of: Aston, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough and Nottingham for the purposes outlined above and will be kept for the lifetime of the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership. For further information regarding: how your information is held, including how we maintain the security of your information, your rights to access information we hold about you, how to update us on any changes to your details or to withdraw your consent for your data to be used for the purposes outlines above then please contact:
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