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UCLan Research Bursaries and Studentships

Research studentship

The University of Central Lancashire advertises a range of funding schemes at different times through the year. These include the University’s own studentships and bursaries and those from external organisations including the Research Councils, the NHS, commerce and industry. Most funding is for PhD places.

Schemes vary and may provide either full cover or partial funding for tuition fees. Some may also include a maintenance grant.

A list of schemes currently open for applications is listed below.

Note: CURRENT UCLAN RESEARCH STUDENTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE ADVERTISED RESEARCH STUDENTSHIPS

Astrophysics PhD Studentships

The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute is pleased to announce the availability of several new STFC- and University-funded PhD Studentships, as part of its postgraduate intake for October 2012.

Partially or fully-self-funded full-time or part-time students will also be considered. We are targeting enthusiastic and self-motivated students interested in joining one of the UK's most rapidly growing astrophysical research groups.

Due to STFC residence criteria, this studentship will not be open to international students.

View further details of this Studentship.

To apply for this studentship, please email: researchdegrees@uclan.ac.uk quoting reference number JHI.

SOLLIS PhD Studentship

Reference Number: RS/13/26

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD (via MPhil). The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years for a PhD (via MPhil route) [subject to satisfactory progress] and is open to both Home, EU and International applicants. The bursary will cover the cost of tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus an annual maintenance grant of £13863 per annum (2014/15 rates.) International Applicants may apply but will be required to fund the difference between Home/EU and International Fees. The successful applicant will commence on 1 October 2014.

Project Title - North Korea: Justice, security and international relations

Project Description

The doctoral work will relate to any area of study of the domestic or foreign politics of North Korea and/or the international relations of Korea (North and/ or South) and will be carried out under the supervision of Professor Hazel Smith. The doctoral student will have international opportunities as IKSU collaborates with senior academics and practitioners from round the world, including Korea, South and North, the United States, China, Russia, Japan and Europe.

Applicants must submit a detailed research proposal, a cv, a covering letter and evidence of rigorous academic training, through having obtained a good Masters degree.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Hazel Smith email: hasmith2@uclan.ac.uk

Requests for an application pack (quoting the reference number RS1326) should be directed to the Research Student Registry. Tel: 01772 895082 or email: researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk

Closing Date: 1st May 2014

PhD Studentship in the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences

Reference Number: RS/13/25

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD (via MPhil) in the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, School of Computing and Engineering Sciences, The studentship is tenable for up to 3.5 years for a PhD (via MPhil route) [subject to satisfactory progress] and is open to both Home, EU and International applicants. The studentship will cover the cost of tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a maintenance grant for 3.5 years (2014/15 rate £13, 863 per annum). International Applicants may apply but will be required to fund the difference between Home/EU and International Fees. The successful applicant will commence on 1 October 2014.

Project Title – Graphene: made to measure

Project Description

Graphene, the wonder material that won Andre Geim the Nobel Prize in 2010, looks set to revolutionise the world of technology. It is flexible, thin, transparent and more conductive than copper. In addition, it can be made in several shapes, for example hexagonal plates, continuous films and even zig-zag ribbons. Each of these shapes has a different electronic character. However, the palette of shapes is currently limited; if any shape desired could be patterned, whole circuits could be drawn out. Even electronic components such as transistors could be made just by drawing a particular shape in the graphene at a particular location in the circuit.
The most technologically relevant and scaleable method of manufacturing graphene is currently via growth on a metallic substrate, from which it can then be lifted and used as a component. The PhD project involves using new kinds of substrates to influence the growth of the graphene so that it can be patterned during growth. This patterning will result in changes to the electronic structure of the graphene, optimising its properties for use in various technologies, for example solar cells or display panels.
Atomic-scale microscopy, diffraction and compositional analysis will be undertaken, using facilities available within the new Nanophysics laboratory recently established at UCLan. Where appropriate, additional experiments will be conducted using the advanced facilities available within other laboratories in the UK such as Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire and the Surface Science Research Centre in Liverpool.

Applicants should have, or expect to receive a minimum of UK 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics or a related discipline.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Joe Smerdon email: jsmerdon@uclan.ac.uk

Requests for an application pack (quoting the reference number RS1325) should be directed to the Research Student Registry. Tel: 01772 895082 or email: researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk

Closing Date: 30 April 2014

CURRENT UCLAN RESEARCH STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP

School of Language, Literature and International Studies

Reference Number: RS/14/01

Applications are invited for a full or part time PhD (via MPhil). The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time for a PhD (via MPhil route) [subject to satisfactory progress] and is open to both Home, EU and International applicants. The bursary will cover the cost of tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a total maintenance grant of £9000. International Applicants may apply but will be required to fund the difference between Home/EU and International Fees. The successful applicant will commence on 1 October 2014.

Project Title – Theatre Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Project Description

The project can explore any aspect of theatre culture that relates to studies in American, British or Transatlantic histories.

The PhD is designed to expand on work undertaken by Dr Saxon in her 2011 publication, American Theatre: History, Context, Form, which sought to establish a dynamic history of theatre. Dr Saxon’s current research looks at theatre in the Transatlantic context, investigating staging relationships that grew out of the transatlantic. The PhD should explore how performance types and configurations extend our understanding of the role played by theatre in the negotiation of social and cultural interaction across and between the peoples of the ‘Atlantic’.

Applications are invited from candidates with an MA and/or a good BA (Hons) degree in relevant disciplines such as American Studies, Literary Studies, or Drama and Theatre Studies, and an interest in the broad area of theatre history. Candidates should be able to demonstrate experience of working with historical sources and the ability to work to targets and timescales efficiently.

Applicants must submit a detailed research proposal, a CV and a covering letter alongside their application form.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Theresa Saxon email: tsaxon@uclan.ac.uk 

Requests for an application pack (quoting the reference number RS1401) should be directed to the Research Student Registry. Tel: 01772 895082 or email: researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk 

Closing Date: 1st June 2014
Provisional Interview Dates: 5th – 15th June 2014

PhD Studentship in the School of Social Work

Reference Number: RS/13/28

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD (via MPhil). The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years for a PhD (via MPhil route) [subject to satisfactory progress] and is open to both Home, EU and International applicants. The bursary will cover the cost of tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus an annual maintenance grant of £2000 per annum . International Applicants may apply but will be required to fund the difference between Home/EU and International Fees. The successful applicant will commence on 1 July 2014.

Project Title – Applications of Socially Engaged Art

Project Description

The socially engaged arts have been developed in a number of fields as transformative interventions entailing specific forms of arts practice and methods of inquiry. The combination of artistic and social elements gives rise to tensions between aesthetic, ethical and instrumental dimensions of the work. This PhD will study the nature and significance of the socially engaged arts as an aesthetic and relational practice, a mode of inquiry and an agent for personal and social change. The precise field will be determined in consultation with the successful candidate but we would particularly welcome applications with an interest in addictions and recovery.

The Psychosocial Research Unit has a wide range of partners who can offer access to research sites for the successful applicant. However, we will also consider other proposals for the empirical component of the work. There are opportunities for paid teaching duties with this studentship

Applicants must submit a detailed research proposal, a CV, and a covering letter along with their application. Applicants should have, or expect to receive a minimum of UK 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Alastair Roy email: anroy@uclan.ac.uk

Requests for an application pack (quoting the reference number RS1328) should be directed to the Research Student Registry. Tel: 01772 895082 or email: researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk

Closing Date: 16th May 2014
Provisional Interview Date: 3rd June 2014

School of Language, Literature and International Studies

International Institute for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies (ISLANDS)

Reference Number: RS/14/02

Applications are invited for a full time PhD (via MPhil). The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time for a PhD (via MPhil route) [subject to satisfactory progress] and is open to both Home, EU and International applicants. The bursary will cover the cost of tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a maintenance grant of £3000 per year. International Applicants may apply but will be required to fund the difference between Home/EU and International Fees. The successful applicant will commence on 1 October 2014.

Project Title – Online development and assessment of deaf learners’ English literacy

Project Description
The iSLanDS Institute is pleased to invite applicants for a full-time PhD studentship focusing on the assessment of deaf learners’ literacy and the development of a virtual learning environment for the acquisition of written English by deaf Indians.

English language literacy for deaf communities is a strategic growth area for the iSLanDS Institute. There is an emerging recognition of the valuable role of sign bilingualism, and pedagogy relying on the medium of signed languages, in the development of deaf people’s English literacy. The Institute has considerable experience in creating online resources for language teaching, including a pilot project in which we established an English Learning Platform for deaf students. The studentship holder will make a substantial contribution to both the applied work and to the theoretical base surrounding the development of deaf literacy, by empirically determining how to perform more accurate assessments of deaf learners’ English language levels.

In summary, the studentship holder will play a key role in our work on deaf literacy by concentrating on the following:

1) research on content design for a virtual learning environment aimed at teaching English to deaf sign language users in India and at least one other country;
2) analysis of the English language output from these learners against the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Applications are invited from candidates with a postgraduate degree at MA level. We will prioritise sign language users, but given the limited pool of people who are proficient in a sign language, we will also consider non-signers who are willing to learn sign language during their time at UCLan.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Ulrike Zeshan email: uzeshan@uclan.ac.uk

Requests for an application pack (quoting the reference number RS1402) should be directed to the Research Student Registry. Tel: 01772 895082 or email: researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk

Closing Date: 23rd May 2014
Provisional Interview Date: 20th June 2014