ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 Studentships: Sustainable Futures Ref: 2527

About the award

The University of Exeter is pleased to be offering  ESRC funded 1+3 or +3 studentships as part of the  South West Doctoral Training Partnership  (SWDTP) for entry in 2017-18. Within the SWDTP, the College of Life and Environmental Sciences is currently inviting applications for ESRC-facing research in the discipline of Sustainable Futures.For eligible UK/EU students the full time studentship will cover fees and an annual Research Council stipend of at least £14,296 (2016-17 rate) for up to three years (+3 award) or four years (1+3 award).

For the 1+3 studentships we would require you to register initially on the MRes Sustainable Futures (Penryn campus only). For the +3 studentships you would be required to register on the MPhil/PhD Sustainable Futures (Penryn or Streatham campus, depending on the location of your lead supervisor).

Sustainable Futures

The Sustainable Futures pathway of the SWDTP offers ESRC 1+3 and +3 postgraduate research training that explores the interface between sustainability, energy and the environment by engaging the latest critical thinking on psychology, behaviour, risk management, critical infrastructure, public regulation, policy studies and the environmental sciences.

The Sustainable Futures pathway will train social science researchers who understand the impacts of living with environmental change, the uncertainties of environmental change for energy and food security and the diverse responses needed to foster behaviours, practices and policies that promote sustainability and resilience. Students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds will be accepted into this pathway. They will be required to demonstrate explicitly how their research will be interdisciplinary. 

There are a range of relevant disciplines at Exeter linked to the pathway including:

 

Academic entry requirements:

Applicants for a +3 award should have:

  • completed, or be due to complete an ESRC-accredited or an equivalent research Masters* with a significant element of research training. Applicants may be asked for further information to determine the relevance of the content covered.*  An equivalent research Masters is defined as including significant social sciences research design,    quantitative and qualitative research methods elements. The transcript will need to show that a minimum of a third of the taught stage of your programme entailed research methods elements. For students who have undertaken a Masters outside the UK we will look for appropriate equivalencies. All awards are subject to ratification by the “Awards and Ratification Committee”, who shall have the authority to reconsider the equivalence of any Masters awards.
  • achieved a current average grade of their Masters (at the point of application) normally of at least Merit (60%) grade. Successful applicants must ultimately achieve BOTH an overall average of at least 60% across the taught units/modules AND at least 60% for the dissertation component as a condition of their funding. 

Holders of Masters degrees that are not considered equivalent (as above), must apply for the 1+3 award.

In the case of a 1+3 application, continuation of funding from the ‘1’ stage to the ‘+3’ stage of the programme will be subject to achieving 60% across the taught units / modules AND 60% for the dissertation component.  Students who fail to achieve these conditions may have their funding terminated and may be required to refund any money paid to them during the PhD portion of the programme.

Residency entry requirements:

These studentships will be funded by the ESRC and are available to UK nationals and other EU nationals who have resided in the UK for three years prior to commencing the studentship. If you meet the criteria, funding will be provided for tuition fees and stipend. If you are a citizen of an EU member state and don’t meet the residency requirement you will be eligible for a fees-only award. For further guidance about eligibility please refer to Annex 1 of the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide.

Summary

Application deadline:2nd February 2017
Value:£14,296
Duration of award:per year
Contact: College of Life and Environmental Sciencescles-studentships@exeter.ac.uk

How to apply

 

Click here to apply

 

Please upload the following documents to the studentship application form

  • CV
  • Covering letter outlining your academic interests, any prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project, as well as a research training statement
  • Research proposal of 1,000 words including the name(s) of the potential supervisors. We are particularly encouraging proposals that include a collaborative element with an external (non-academic) private, public or civil society sector organisation. For 1+3 students it is recognised that this will be an outline proposal to be further developed during the first year of the studentship. To download the research proposal form please click here.
  • 2 references from referees familiar with your academic work (if your referees prefer, they can email the reference direct to cles-studentships@exeter.ac.uk)
  • Verified transcript of your highest qualification to date or an interim transcript if you are still studying
  • If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English (for further details, please see the University’s English language requirements).

The information you provide as part of your application will be shared with other institutions in the partnership for purposes of shortlisting and interviewing.  Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place between 6 and 10 March 2017 – note that, as interviews are being held across the partnership, you may not be interviewed at the institution you are applying to.  The University of Exeter will hold an information day for applicants nearer the interviews, further information TBC.