Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Internal and External Funding Possibilities to work on Economics and Psychology in Stirling Group: Updated List

Internal and External Funding Possibilities to work on Economics and Psychology in Stirling Group: Updated List

Below are some external funding opportunities that people thinking of working with our emerging research group in Stirling might consider. Most of these are recurring calls. Potential PhD students, academic colleagues in other universities, potential postdocs and so on may find below useful. I have done my best to make sure the information here is accurate but clearly you should check in detail with the actual agency websites in case there are any updates and so on. For our MSc in Behavioural Science scholarships, see our page here 

Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Actions                                      
Under Horizon 2020, the Marie Curie Actions will be renamed the Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Actions, and will come under the ‘Excellent Science’ pillar. They will be simplified into four actions: Innovative Training Networks (ITN), Individual Fellowships (IF, previously Intra-European Fellowships, International Incoming Fellowships, International Outgoing Fellowships, Career Integration Grant), Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE, previously Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways, and International Research Staff Exchange Scheme), and COFUND (Co-funding of regional, national and international researcher mobility programmes).

More information will be added about these schemes once Horizon 2020 has been adopted by the Council of the European Union, in early December 2013.

ERC Starting Grants
For researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree) and scientific track record showing great promise. Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI) located in one of the EU Member State or Associated Countries
Funding per grant: up to € 1.5 million (in some circumstances up to € 2 million)
Duration: up to 5 years
Call to be published: 11th December 2013
Provisional deadline: 25th March 2014

ERC Consolidator Grants 
For researchers of any nationality with 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree) and scientific track record showing great promise. Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI) located in one of the EU Member State or Associated Countries
Funding per grant: up to € 2 million (in some circumstances up to € 2.75 million)
Duration: up to 5 years
Call to be published: 11th December 2013
Provisional Deadline: 20th May 2014

 ERC Proof of Concept Grants
All Principal Investigators benefitting from an ERC Advanced or Starting Grant that is either ongoing, or where the project has ended less than 12 months before the publication date of an ERC Proof of Concept call. The Principal Investigator must be able to demonstrate the link between the idea and the related ERC-funded project
Funding per grant: up to € 150.000
Duration: 12 months
Call to be published: 11th December 2013
Provisional deadlines: 1st April 2014 & 1st October 2014
Application Details:

ERC Advanced Grant
 ERC Advanced Grants allow exceptional established research leaders of any nationality and any age to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains.
The ERC Advanced Grant funding targets researchers who have already established themselves as independent research leaders in their own right.
Funding available: up to € 2.5 million per grant (in some circumstances up to € 3.5 million per grant)
Call to be published: 17th June 2014
Provisional deadline: 21st October 2014
Medical Research Council Fellowships

(a). Career Development Award
Up to 5 years support for outstanding post-doctoral researchers who wish to consolidate their research skills. This fellowship competition is held twice a year, however applicants may only apply to one CDA competition in any 12 month period. 

Call opens: 19 March 2014
Submissions by 4pm: 30 April 2014
Short listing: August / September 2014
Interviews: 21 – 22 October 2014
Take up dates: November 2013 to April 2014

Call opens: 13 August 2014
Submissions by 4pm: 24 September 2014
Short listing: February 2015
Interviews: 18 – 19 March 2015
Take up dates: April 2015 – September 2015
(b). Early Career Fellowships in Economics of Health

The MRC fellowship provides up to three years early-career support to help individuals begin to establish a research track record in the field and to undertake further training.

The competition is open to applicants with some advanced training in any field of economics who can demonstrate the transferability of their research skills to the field of the economics of health. Applicants must either have a PhD/DPhil or expect to do so by the time of take-up of the award, and must be early career and not have more than three years (full-time equivalent) post-doctoral experience. Applicants should hold a PhD or DPhil in either economics or one that combines training in economics with research in related areas (for example, statistics, and epidemiology). 

Call opens: 6 May 2014
Submissions by 4pm: 17 June 2014
Short listing: December 2014
Interviews: 21 – 23 January 2015
Take up dates: February to July 2015

(c). Methodology Research Fellowships

The scheme is open to applicants who wish to pursue development, validation and application of innovative methodologies in one or more of the following disciplines: health economics; biostatistics, bioinformatics; modeling, decision sciences, epidemiology; clinical trials; behavioural sciences; health psychology, qualitative methodologies and mixed methods, medical sociology and medical geography.

Call opens: 6 May 2014
Submissions by 4pm: 17 June 2014
Short listing: December 2014
Interviews: 20 – 22 January 2015
Take up dates: February to July 2015

(d). Senior non-Clinical Fellowship
A highly prestigious award that provides non-clinical researchers of exceptional ability with exceptional opportunities to develop themselves to be research leaders. Applicants will be proven independent researchers with a track record of excellence in their scientific field, and will demonstrate significant promise as future research leaders. Support is now provided for seven years. Applicants will normally hold a PhD/DPhil and have at least six years' post-doctoral research experience in academia or the wider economy. MRC fellowships are not available to individuals who hold a tenured academic or research position, in the UK or overseas, at the time of application.

Call opens: 19 March 2014
Submissions by 4pm: 30 April 2014
Short listing: August / September 2014
Interviews: 21 – 22 October 2014
Take up dates: November 2013 to April 2014

Call opens: 13 August 2014
Submissions by 4pm: 24 September 2014
Short listing: February 2015
Interviews: 18 - 19 March 2015
Take up dates: April 2015 - September 2015

Medical Research Council Grants
(a). Methodology Research
Methodology research covers a broad area. For the purposes of obtaining funding from the MRC, methodology research includes methods development to underpin the biomedical sciences, experimental medicine, clinical trials, population health sciences, health services research and health policy. Application deadlines are usually in January/February, May/June and September/October. All proposals are assessed by external experts before they are considered by the MRC/NIHR Methodology Research Panel at their meetings in June/July, October/November and February/March. Your proposal must be submitted through the MRC Je-S system by 4pm on the relevant Methodology Research Programme deadline dates.

(b). MRC Industry Collaboration Agreement (MICA)

Supporting collaborative research between academia and industry.
Any research proposal involving a collaboration with one or more industrial partners (contributing either in cash or in kind) is handled by MRC as a MICA. MICA is not a scheme in itself, but a mechanism to support the establishment of an agreement between academic and industry research partners, which can be applied to the majority of MRC’s funding schemes and calls (to find out if you can apply a MICA to your proposal, please refer to your specific scheme or call). MICA facilitates collaboration as it allows partners to work out and clearly specify arrangements for relative responsibilities, governance, regulatory approvals, indemnity, intellectual property rights, reporting, and access to data and samples before a project starts. In addition, MICAs help to establish that proposed collaboration arrangements are eligible under EU State-Aid regulations for MRC funding.
The application deadlines are those of the chosen funding scheme.

(c). New Investigator Research Grant
New Investigator Research Grants provide support for clinical and non-clinical researchers while they are establishing themselves as independent principal investigators.
Applicants must be based at a UK institution and hold a PhD, DPhil or an MD. They should either be at the start of their first lecturer appointment (they must be aiming for a research board deadline which falls within the first three years of taking up the post) and have a minimum of three years post qualification research experience or be in a senior post-doctoral (non-lecturer) position and have between three and ten years post qualification research experience.Application deadlines are usually in January, May and September. All proposals are assessed by external experts before they are considered by the MRC research boards at their meetings in May/June, October/November and February/March. Your proposal must be submitted through the MRC J-eS system by 4pm on the relevant research board deadline date.

(e). Partnership Grant
The partnership grant aims to provide support for collaborative activities that add value to existing research or helps galvanise researchers in a particular field, or complementary fields, to address important issues that cannot be addressed through other funding arrangements.
Your outline proposal must be submitted through the MRC Je-S system by 4pm on the relevant Partnership Outline deadline date. Your full proposal must be submitted through the MRC Je-S system by 4pm on the relevant Research Board's deadline date.

ESRC Knowledge Exchange Opportunities
Our Knowledge Exchange Opportunities scheme provides the opportunity to apply for funding for knowledge exchange and public engagement activities at any stage of the research lifecycle, and is aimed at maximising the impact of social science research outside academia.
The current Knowledge Exchange Opportunities Scheme will close on 31 March 2014. There has been falling demand for the Knowledge Exchange Opportunities Scheme in recent years and a relaxing of co-funding rules and the expansion of the scheme to allow co-produced research has not led to an increase in the number of applications. Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs) offer a more effective mechanism for supporting knowledge exchange and bringing about social science impact on practice and policy.
Applications to the Knowledge Exchange Opportunities Scheme will be accepted up to 16.00 on 31 March 2014, following which the scheme will be closed to further applications.

RSE/Scottish Government Personal Research Fellowships.
These postdoctoral Research Fellowships aim to provide outstanding researchers, who should have the potential to become leaders in their chosen field, with the opportunity to build an independent research career. Applicants will have completed between 2 and 6 years of relevant postdoc academic research and can currently reside anywhere in the world working in any of the physical, computational, engineering, biological, medical, natural and social disciplines (although the research project proposed must align to one or more of the Scottish Government’s National Outcomes).

Applicants must show that they have an outstanding capacity for innovative research with a strong publication record relevant to their proposed field of study. The fellowships are tenable for up to 5 years in a Scottish institution and will include an opportunity for the fellow to work anywhere abroad for up to a year during the fellowship to help establish research collaborations. The annual stipend for the RSE/Scottish Government Personal Research Fellowship will be within the  scales for Research staff in Higher Education Institutions, Spine points 23-39 (approximately £24,766- £39,649 at August 2012 rates).
Financial support, up to a maximum of £10,000 is available each year of the fellowship. This is made  up of a support grant of £2,000 paid at the start of each year and an additional sum of up to £8,000 per annum from the Research Support Pool e.g. support for travel, attendance at approved meetings and the cost of minor equipment. Fellows will be asked to bid for the additional sum by 15 November each year. This sum is not guaranteed and is allocated on a competitive basis. Fellows are encouraged to seek support for their research from appropriate Research Councils or private foundations.

Deadline: 24 February 2014

Leverhulme Research Project Grant.
The aim of these awards is to provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant (the Principal Investigator). The grants provide support for the salaries of research staff engaged on the project, plus associated costs directly related to the research proposed.

Proposals are favoured which:

* reflect the personal vision of the applicant;
* demonstrate compelling competence in the research design;
* surmount traditional disciplinary academic boundaries;
* involve a degree of challenge and evidence of the applicant’s ability to assess risk.

Value and Duration

The great majority of awards involve a spend of up to £250,000 over a duration of two to three years. If compelling evidence is provided, awards may be made for sums between £250,000 and £500,000 for research over a period of up to five years. The assessment procedures for these large grants are especially stringent, and can involve site visits and discussions with applicants.


Applications for research on any topic within the entire array of academic disciplines are eligible for support. However, an exception is made for areas of research supported by specialist funding agencies and, in particular, for medicine. In such cases, applicants should consider an application to these alternative funding bodies as being more appropriate. Specific attention is paid to the reasons given by applicants in justifying their choice of the Trust as the most appropriate agency for the support of their project.
Closing dates

Outline Applications can be submitted at any time and their assessment is normally completed within three months. Details of the procedure for the second stage, namely preparation of a Detailed Application will be sent to those whose Outline Application has been approved.

Closing dates for detailed applications:

1 September: 4.00pm
1 December: 4.00pm
21 March: 4.00pm


Economic and Social Research Council studentships for Scotland
(MSc+PhD or PhD only)

The SGPE is one of the research training pathways that forms part of the ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Centre. ESRC 1+3 (MSc+PhD) and +3 (PhD only) studentships in Economics are available at the 8 SGPE universities: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Stirling, Strathclyde and St. Andrews. They are intended solely for students either starting a PhD or intending to start a PhD following their MSc. Students wishing to apply for an SGPE "1+3" or a "+3" award must submit a written and credible research proposal for their PhD. Further information on eligibility and details can be found on the DTC and the ESRC Websites.

Applicants who wish to be considered for an ESRC award must first register their interest. To do this they need to send two emails; one to the SGPE PhD Director, Liam Delaney at Liam.Delaney@stir.ac.uk (cc'ing sgpe.admissions@ed.ac.uk) and the other to the PhD coordinator at the department at the at which they are interested in pursuing their PhD (see below). To be considered for an ESRC award, you must first register your interest with the SGPE and the SGPE PhD Director. You are advised to do this before the end of January.
The coordinators are the relevant Dapartments are:

Aberdeen: Ioannis Theodossiou
Dundee: Hassan Molana
Edinburgh: Ed Hopkins
Glasgow: Kostas Angelopoulos
Heriot-Watt: David Cobham
St. Andrews: Paola Manzini
Stirling: Ian Lange
Strathclyde: Julia Darby

Applicants who register their interest will receive detailed instructions by email on how to apply.

In brief, these instructions will ask students to (1) identify a research topic, the SGPE University where they intend to pursue their PhD, and a specific supervisor within the SGPE, (2) provide details of their relevant degree and degree courses and (3) write a short research proposal, and (4) provide a letter of support from the relevant University department where PhD study is planned.

Carnegie Trust Small Research Grants
Research Grants are awarded to help with the costs incurred while pursuing personal research, including pilot studies, for travel, accommodation, and subsistence, for a maximum of three months. The research activities may be carried out either during three consecutive months, or during shorter periods that amount to three months in total. The principal criterion for the award of a Research Grant is that the research be for purposes likely to benefit the Universities of Scotland. Research projects in all subjects within the scope of the university curriculum are eligible. The grants can also be used to support the cost of publications and illustrations.
Applications for grants up to and including £1000 may be submitted at any time but activities funded by a Carnegie research grant must take place after an award has been made. Note: Retrospective applications will not be considered.
Application for grants over £1000 must be submitted by 23:59hrs on:
15th January, for research projects starting after 1st March
15th May, for research projects starting after 1st July
15th October, for research projects starting after 1st December
Application details:

Carnegie Larger Grants
Applications for Larger Grants, up to £40,000, may be made for projects which are of potential benefit to the Scottish universities as a whole and which involve active collaboration between two or more Scottish universities with one university acting as the lead applicant. These grants are not intended for research projects of a kind that would be submitted to a research council, and projects that have failed to secure funding from a council are not appropriate. The Trust does not necessarily expect to be the sole funder of a project. Prospective applicants are invited to discuss their proposals with the Trust's Secretary. Applicants may be asked to interview.
Deadline: 1st February each year

Carnegie Professorships
http://www.carnegie-trust.org/schemes/research-schemes/carnegie-centenary-professorships.htmlTo mark the centenary of the founding of the Trust in 1901, the Executive Committee has established a scheme of visiting professorships, each valued at up to £40,000, intended to benefit not only the host Universities but also the Scottish university community as a whole.
The aim of the scheme is to attract nominees of the highest academic standing who will contribute to academic/scientific developments in the Scottish Universities in their particular fields, whether in teaching or research or in both, in emerging as well as established disciplines or in interdisciplinary fields. The roles they fulfil will depend in part on the discipline. There will also be the possibility of attracting senior scholars of high distinction who, by their very presence, will confer benefits on the Scottish universities.
Nominations are made by invitation and normally from the Principals of the Scottish Universities. The Committee agreed that a period of ‘quarantine’ for universities who are awarded a Professorship would run until the end of the academic year in which a given University’s previous Professorship was held (until July of that year).
Nominations for the tenure of a Chair in 2015 should be submitted by 31 July 2012.

Carnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarships
The prestigious Carnegie PhD Scholarship scheme supports a limited number of graduates, with first class Honours undergraduate degrees from a Scottish university, who wish to pursue three years of postgraduate research leading to a PhD at a university in Scotland.

There is no restriction on the subject or field. To be considered, candidates must be nominated by an academic member of staff of a Scottish university at the level of Professor, Reader or (Senior) Lecturer. The Trust also administers the Caledonian PhD Scholarships on behalf of the RSEScotland Foundation (RSESF). Two awards are made each year under the Caledonian Scholarship banner. The Scholarships are awarded and held under identical conditions as the Carnegie Scholarships and are under the charge and control of the Trustees of the RSESF, who retain the power to alter the rules and to change the purpose and destination of the Scholarships.

Deadline: 15th March, 23:59hrs, each year.

Carnegie Cameron Bursaries
Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries are awarded for the payment of tuition fees for one-year taught postgraduate Masters courses offered by a Scottish university.
The bursaries aim to enable students to enhance their employability in their chosen field, develop their specialist skills or supplement existing ones, thus bettering their career prospects. The Bursary scheme should not be considered as a step-stone towards PhD study.

Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants must be of Scottish birth OR be of Scottish extraction (have at least one parent born in Scotland) OR have been resident in Scotland for a period of at least three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education Candidates will be selected on the basis of their merit and promise, and of their financial circumstances.
The most important selection criteria should be those envisaged by Andrew Carnegie: that the candidates be qualified and deserving, industrious and ambitious, and that they would derive particular benefit from a one-year taught postgraduate degree, which they would be unlikely to attend without the award.

Application process: Each year the Carnegie Trust allocates a number of bursaries to each Scottish university. Applications must be made directly to the Scottish university the student wishes to attend. Each university is responsible for administering the scheme and making the award.

St Andrew’s Society of New York Scholarships
For the academic year 2014-2015, the Society may offer Scholarships to the total value of $60,000 to enable Scottish graduates to study for a year in the United States. Up to two Scholarships will be offered of not less than $30,000 each. The monetary value of each Scholarship will be not less than $30,000, to be applied in the first instance to payment of tuition fees.

The Carnegie Trust administers the selection process for these Scholarships, which are awarded by the St Andrew’s Society for the State of New York. Applications forms can be obtained from the contact named in Annex A of the Particulars of Scholarships. Preference will be given to candidates who have no previous experience of the United States and for whom a period of study there can be expected to be a life-changing experience. Selection will be on the basis of an all-round assessment, including personality and academic achievement.

Eligibility: Candidates must be Scottish by birth or descent, and will be expected to have current knowledge of Scotland and Scottish current affairs, and of the Scottish tradition generally. The Society expects its scholars to be good ambassadors for Scotland.
Candidates must also be:
either graduates of a Scottish university, or of Oxford or Cambridge, who have completed their first degree course (so as to be qualified to graduate) not earlier than 2013
or students of a Scottish university, or of Oxford or Cambridge, who expect to complete their first degree course (so as to be qualified to graduate) in 2014.

Deadline: University send nominated candidates' applications to the Carnegie Trust: 15th March 2014

Nuffield Foundation
The Foundation currently has four grant programmes that support research and innovation.
Children and Families - helps to ensure that the legal and institutional framework is best adapted to meet the needs of children and families.
Education - supports innovative research and development in specific priority areas.
Law in Society - promotes access to, and understanding of, the civil justice system.
Open Door - for projects that improve social well-being, and meet Trustees' wider interests, but lie outside the three programme areas above.
Grants are mainly for research (usually carried out in universities or independent research institutes) but are also made for practical developments or innovation (often in voluntary sector organisations). As an independent Foundation, we are well placed to deal with sensitive issues, to challenge fashions and tacit assumptions. We support people with creative ideas to identify change or interventions which will have a practical impact for researchers, policy makers and practitioners.
We do not fund the ongoing costs of existing work or services, or research that simply advances knowledge.

Scottish Universities Insight Institute
Details of the various knowledge exchange possibilities are here . (closed for 2013)

Education Endowment Fund
Fund a range of projects on education policy. Link here (new deadlines to be announced)

Irish Funding for PhD Students 
1. The Health Research Board (HRB). The HRB supports research that will create new knowledge and evidence to benefit people’s health through clinical research, patient-oriented research, population health sciences research and health services research. The HRB supports researchers and health professionals through career development awards, project and programme awards, and infrastructure initiatives supporting health research.

2. The Irish Research Council. The Irish Research Council was established by Minister Sean Sherlock T.D. in March 2012. The Council was formed through the merger of the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) and the Council is a sub-board of the HEA. Building on solid foundations laid down by the former councils, the Irish Research Council will deliver enhanced opportunities and benefits to the Irish research community. The Irish Research Council will enable the Irish research community to contribute to the body of global knowledge across the diversity of disciplines, recognising the importance of research and scholarship for all aspects of cultural, economic and societal development.

Deadlines for Postgraduate fundingPostdoctoral funding, and funding for academic staff will be announced on the Irish Research Council Website.

3. Fulbright Program in Ireland.
Annually, the Commission awards scholarships for Irish citizens to study and research in the United States and for US citizens to study and research in Ireland. More than 1,600 Irish postgraduate students, academics, and professionals have studied in top US colleges and research institutes and more than 650 US students and scholars have come to Ireland. Information on All Discipline Student Awards and All Discipline Scholar Awards are available from the Fulbright website.

The 2013-2014 competition is now closed to applicants. 

Daiwa Foundation

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is a UK charity, established in 1988 with a generous benefaction from Daiwa Securities Co Ltd. The Foundation’s purpose is to support closer links between Britain and Japan. It does this by:
- making grants available to individuals, institutions and organisations to promote links between the UK and Japan across all fields of activity

- enabling British and Japanese students and academics to further their education through exchanges and other bilateral initiatives
- awarding Daiwa Scholarships for British graduates to study and undertake work placements in Japan
- organising a year-round programme of events to increase understanding of Japan in the UK

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants
Deadline: 31 March 2014 for a decision by the end of May 2014 
Grants of £3,000-£7,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries. What kinds of project is eligble.
Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, and other projects and events that fulfil this broad objective. New initiatives are especially encouraged.

Daiwa Foundation Awards
31 March (for a decision by 31 May) and 30 September (for a decision by 30 November). Awards of £7,000-£15,000 are available for collaborative projects that enable British and Japanese partners to work together, preferably in the context of an institutional relationship.
What kinds of Projects are eligible? Daiwa Foundation Awards can cover projects in most academic, professional, arts, cultural and educational fields. Awards seek to encourage the development and sustainability of UK-Japan partnerships between such organisations as museums and art galleries, theatres and performing arts groups, schools and universities, and grassroots and professional bodies. Any project which involves a significant level of collaboration between British and Japanese partners can be considered.

Student Award Agency of Scotland.
SAAS funding is available to cover fees and subsistence for a range of applicants: students who are ordinarily resident in Scotland and have not been funded at a postgraduate level by SAAS before; students who have been funded by SAAS for their undergraduate degree; students who are EU nationals and have not previously been funded by other UK education authorities.

Funding is available to students who are resident in Scotland, but may also apply to citizens of European countries.

SAAS funding is available to Scottish students for the PGDip but not for the MSc. However, tuition fees are identical for the two options, and Diploma students who meet the required standard in May may convert their registration to the MSc and continue to study over the summer.

Info taken from Computer Science Website. The case can also be made for your MSc Behavioural Science. The students can apply for a diploma course in Behavioural Science but get enough money to study for the master and they can do this by converting their diploma to a master course.

 EPSRC Industrial CASE studentship
Industrial CASE provides funding for PhD studentships where businesses take the lead in arranging projects with an academic partner of their choice.
These aim of these awards is to provide PhD students with a first-rate, challenging research training experience, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between academic and partner organisations e.g. industry and policy making bodies.

Industrial CASE studentships
Students receive funding for a full EPSRC studentship for 3.5 years (currently ~£67,443). Companies provide additional top up to the project of a minimum of a third of the EPSRC funding. This top-up is £22,481 over the course of the project. The student must spend at least three months at the company, and the company pays any travel and subsistence costs. Projects should be in the area of engineering and the physical sciences.
How it works
A company allocated an award defines a research project and picks an academic partner. Once the arrangements for the project have been agreed between the company and research organisation, they can recruit a student

Companies may place these studentships with any Research Organisation that also receives Doctoral Training Grant funding from EPSRC. The rationale for this is twofold:
1.                  to provide a potentially better student experience (via the student being part of a larger cohort of individuals working in leading research teams for example) and
2.                  to facilitate the strategic use of all ESPRC’s students via EPSRC working with a smaller group of companies and research organisations, to target training at areas of particular strategic importance.

For queries about the Industrial CASE scheme, please email IndustrialCASE@epsrc.ac.uk

EPSRC First grant scheme

The first grant scheme is to help new academics apply for research funding at the start of their careers. The funding is capped at £125,000 (calculated at 100% full economic costs - with EPSRC contributing at 80% fEC) and a maximum duration of 2 years.  No closing dates

The First Grants scheme is one of the mechanisms that provide support for new academics at the start of their careers. If you want to submit a proposal for a project which needs resources above these limits, you are can submit the proposal via our standard responsive mode mechanism. If you are taking up a professorship or other senior academic position at a UK university and have already established significant research credentials in industry or outside the UK, the first grant scheme is not appropriate for you.

Human Arts and Research Council

JPI Cultural Heritage

​ The AHRC is pleased to announce a Europe-wide competition for research activities: the ‘Joint Pilot Transnational Call for Proposals: Funding of Research and Networking Projects in Cultural Heritage’.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is participating in the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on “Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a new Challenge for Europe” on behalf of the UK. The aim of the JPI, which commenced October 2011, is to define a common vision between the 17 participating countries and to address the strong relationships that link cultural heritage, technological innovation and economic development within the dynamic framework of the challenges and competitiveness of an enlarged European Union.

The participating Member States and Associated Countries have joined forces in order to launch a Joint Pilot Call for proposals for transnational research and networking projects in the field of cultural heritage. This is an important step towards the coordination of transnational strategies concerning Cultural Heritage Research, building on the dynamic developed by the JPI and JHEP process.

(closed for 2013-2014)

Chevening Scholarships
The deadline varies for the particular country.

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK.

The Chevening programme began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international scheme. Chevening Scholars come from over 116 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and this year the Scholarships will support approximately 700 individuals. There are over 41,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

The programme provides full or part funding for full-time courses at postgraduate level, normally a one-year Master’s degree, in any subject and at any UK university.

Impact Fellowships and Studentships, University of Stirling
(Closed for 2013-2014)

The University’s prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme is currently accepting applications for 2013 and its Postgraduate Studentship Programme will open soon. Last year over £2.8 million was awarded via these programmes.
Through the Fellowship and Studentship programmes we are continuing to invest in enabling the next generation of researchers to realise their potential, fulfil their ambition and deliver world-class research that directly addresses the needs of society.
Fellowships and studentships are available across our five areas of research excellence: health and wellbeing, culture and society, environment and communities, enterprise and economy, and sport.
We invite applications from ambitious researchers who want to excel in their chosen field and make a positive impact on society

Impact Studentships

International Research Scholarships
The University of Stirling International Research Scholarship scheme supports outstanding international (non-EU) students to undertake PhD research within the University.
The Scholarships will meet the cost difference between Home/EU and Overseas Tuition Fees. Applicants must be able to cover the Home/EU fee (£3,828 per annum) and have sufficient funds to cover living costs.
If your research interest align to our research priorities (embed link to highlighted text ) and you have the appropriate qualifications to allow you to take a postgraduate research programme of study and access to financial support then please complete the enquiry form for further information.

As part of the admissions process applicants are required to identify a supervisor and to submit a research proposal. It is recommended that you contact your proposed supervisor in advance of submitting your application to the University.
For more information and to apply online go to http://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/

Deadline for applications: 15 March 2013


About the Fellowships
The University of Stirling is offering a number of Postdoctoral Fellowships across its Academic Schools. Fellows will be assigned a senior mentor from their host Academic School who has an excellent personal record on research publication and external funding.
These 2-year research positions offer the opportunity for outstanding early career researchers embarking upon an independent research career.
The Fellowships will provide a fixed-term, research only contract on a salary on the Grade 7 scale (£30,122 - £35,939) and a grant for research expenses of £5,000 per annum.
Candidates will normally hold a doctorate (in exceptional cases, candidates may have submitted their PhD thesis but not yet have undertaken their viva) and will normally have a maximum of six years postdoctoral research experience, whether in a University or industrial setting. The Fellowships are designed to assist Fellows embarking upon an independent research career, with the prospect of transitioning to a lecturing position at the end of the Fellowship (subject to availability of suitable positions and relevant HR processes). During their appointment, Fellows will be expected and supported to secure significant external research funding with which to continue their research programme after the end of their Fellowship. Fellows are expected to:
·                     undertake research in line with the School's/Institute's and University's research strategy.
·                     develop the skills and attributes required of a full member of the academic staff of the University.
·                     carry out a programme of innovative research.
Each fellow will be required to plan their research project and execute it, applying for and winning research funding appropriate to the discipline. S/he will train in the skills required to lead research, and to supervise research students, as required by the Head of School. Essential applicant criteria:
·                     PhD completed or submitted; evidence of very high quality research outputs at the forefront of the discipline
·                     Good understanding of the wider research field
·                     Understanding of the funding opportunities and constraints appropriate to the field
Desirable applicant criteria:
·                     Clear evidence of leadership of one or more research projects
·                     Evidence of ability to win funding for research

Closing date for applications: 17 February 2013

Erasmus Programme

Erasmus is the European Union's flagship educational exchange programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions. It was introduced with the aim of increasing student mobility within Europe. Erasmus forms part of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (2007-2013)
It encourages student and staff mobility for work and study, and promotes trans-national co-operation projects among universities across Europe. The scheme currently involves nine out of every ten European higher education establishments and supports co-operation between the universities of 33 countries.

Erasmus Student

If you are enrolled at a Higher Education or a Higher Education/Further Education (HE/FE) Institution in the UK and wish to study, do a work placement or be a language assistant for between three months and an academic year in an EU, EEA, or candidate country you may be able to participate in the Erasmus Programme. Students from all subject-areas can participate, from art to zoology, biology to psychology. However, please check with your home institution as not all institutions offer Erasmus for all subjects – so do your homework first. Postgraduate students can also take part in Erasmus, provided they have not already exceeded their grant quota. Take a look at the 'Five Easy Steps to Erasmus' to give you further ideas.
During your higher education 'career' you can receive one Erasmus grant for:
- study
- work placement
The total duration of all grants may not exceed 24 months. You can combine a study period with a work placement, and providing there are no gaps between the two activities, this may be considered a single Erasmus period. You will need to check with your university Erasmus Co-ordinator for further details on criteria.

Higher Education and HE/FE Institution Staff and Teachers
Erasmus offers education and training opportunities for teaching and non teaching Staff at Higher Education and HE/FE Institutions. It’s a great opportunity to teach or work in another EU country and get to know the workings of their educational system. Learn new ideas and best practices to take back to the UK, develop your international network and enhance your language skills. You will also acquire first-hand experience to share with students and colleagues who may be interested in Erasmus.

University of Stirling Postgraduate Merit Scholarship

The University of Stirling is offering any UK or European Union student with a First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) a £2,000 scholarship to study full-time on any taught Masters course or £1,000 for part-time study. It is not available to students studying postgraduate certificates, diplomas or modules. This scholarship will be awarded in two instalments at the end of each of Semester.
Your eligibility will be verified after enrolment and you will be contacted with further details, through your University email address.
Please note that award of this scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarship or the taught postgraduate fee waiver award. This award is only available to students who are paying the full course fee.

University of Stirling Taught Postgraduate Fee Waiver
To help support students in receipt of a PTFL loan, the University of Stirling is offering 150 taught postgraduate places for Scottish or European Union Students on eligible courses at a reduced fee of £3,400 for the first year of full-time study, or £1,700 for the first year of part-time study, in 2012/13.
Preference will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. For successful applicants in receipt of a full PTFL loan, this will effectively mean that new TPG Students at the University of Stirling will not have to directly fund any up-front tuition fees.
Please note that this fee waiver award cannot be combined with any other scholarship awards. Where students are eligible for both the Merit scholarship and a fee waiver, the University will give whichever award has the higher value.
This means, for example, that where total full-time course fees are £5400 or over, eligible students will be given a fee waiver worth a minimum of £2000. Where total full-time course fees are less than £5400, eligible students will receive the Merit scholarship. In both cases, the first £3400 of fees must be paid by the PTFL loan.

Stirling Management School Postgraduate Scholarship 
Availability: Applications from students in the United Kingdom, India, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America and Europe will be considered. Students must hold, or expect to obtain an offer or an unconditional offer of a place to study one of the full time Masters Programmes offered by the Stirling Management School for entry in September 2013.
The Scholarship is open to those students wishing to study International Accounting & Finance, Banking and Finance, Business Management, International Business, International Business & Socio Economic Development, Energy Management, Environmental Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, MBA in Social Marketing and Retail Management.
Applications may be submitted for the Scholarship along with the course application, but only those obtaining and accepting a place on the course will be entered into the Scholarship competition.
Number of awards: 3
Value: £3000 will be awarded to students who wish to study full-time on a selection of taught Masters Programmes offered by the Stirling Management School.
Deadline: The closing date for receipt of scholarship applications is 5th July 2013. Successful students will be notified of the outcome via e-mail in July 2013.
How to apply
·                     why you are applying for this Scholarship
·                     why a Scholarship would help you
·                     which modules of your Masters programme are of particular interest to you and why
·                     what would you like to be able to do and achieve as a result of successful completion of the programme
·                     your educational or professional aims for the five years after you complete the programme.
School contact:
Please e-mail completed applications and statements/essays to: jane.glen@stir.ac.uk

Stirling Master of Business Administration (MBA) Scholarship
Availability: Applications from students in the United Kingdom, India, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America and Europe will be considered. Students must hold, or expect to obtain an offer or an unconditional offer of a place on the full time Stirling MBA for entry in September 2013. Applications may be submitted for the Scholarship along with the course application, but only those obtaining and accepting a place on the course will be entered into the Scholarship competition.
Number of awards: 2
Value: Two scholarships of £7500 each will be awarded to students joining The Stirling MBA in September 2013. These scholarships are funded by the Stirling Management School and meet 50% of the overseas fee rate. This means that the successful candidates will pay a course fee reduced by £7500 in September 2013.
Deadline: The closing date for receipt of scholarship applications is the 5 July 2013. Successful students will be notified of the outcome via email in July 2013.
How to apply
Complete the Stirling MBA Scholarship application form, and provide a 1000 word statement/essay on the following:
·                     why you are applying for these Scholarships
·                     why a Scholarship would help you
·                     which modules of the MBA are of particular interest to you and why
·                     what your expectations are in terms of learning outcomes
·                     what would you like to be able to do and achieve as a result of successful completion of the course; your educational or professional aims for the five years after you complete the course.
School contact:
Please email completed applications and statements to: jane.glen@stir.ac.uk

Saltire Scholarships
Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships (SSS) is a substantial programme of scholarships, offered on a matched funding basis between the Government and Scottish Higher Education Institutions. The scheme offers up to 200 awards, each worth £2000. These are towards the tuition fees, for any one year of study, on an Undergraduate, Masters or PhD course at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions.
The scholarships are designed to support the promotion of Scotland as a learning nation and a science nation and are therefore targeted at the priority sectors of creative industries, life sciences, technology, financial services and renewable and clean energy (find out what study options are available). These are available across key priority countries:
·                     Canada
·                     China
·                     India
·                     United States of America
The scholarships are available to students as part of a wider strategy to promote Scotland as a study destination and showcase Scotland’s higher education offering in international markets.

The closing date for applications is Friday 30 May 2014 Midnight GMT.

Royal Economic Society
Special Project Grants

Applications are invited from Members of the Society for financial assistance on a one-off basis for the support of activities that further the understanding and use of economics. Examples might include seminars, workshops and mini-conferences, events to disseminate research and policy findings, and activities that support teaching and learning in the subject.
The Society will not consider requests that exceed £5K and would in any case expect to see evidence of co-funding. Successful applicants would be required to submit a report on and a set of accounts covering the event within two months of its date. An full application should outline the proposed activity and how it relates to the objectives of the scheme, include a draft timetable or programme (as appropriate), and a business plan. All applications will be acknowledged.

Applications will be considered three times a year by January 20, May 20 and September 20 with decisions to be made within 28 days where possible. Apply online at:

Visiting Lecturer Scheme
In order to assist the objectives of the Society, the RES has decided to reinstate their Visiting Lecturer Scheme with effect from 2011. The conditions of the scheme are as follows:

Economics departments in any UK university may suggest the name of a distinguished economist for a visit to their department. Such visitors may be from within the UK or from overseas. The Society will make up to five awards in each financial year, though the visit need not necessarily take place in the financial year in which the award is made. The visiting lecturer would expected to give a series of lectures, seminars or workshops and to be available for consultation by staff and students. At least one of the lectures etc. should be open to those outside the host University and should be publicised, for example in the RES Newsletter.
It will be the responsibility of the host department to cover the costs of travel and hospitality. The Society will pay a fee of £2000 to the lecturer. At the conclusion of the visit both the visiting lecturer and host department should submit a report to the Secretary-General. Payment of the fee will be conditional on both reports being received. 

Applications should be made in writing to the Secretary-General of the Society and will be considered by the Executive Committee in February  June and October. The application should give the dates of the proposed visit and details of the arrangements for the programme of lectures, seminars and workshops.

Conference Grant Scheme

The Society's Conference Grant Fund is available to members who are presenting a paper, or acting as a principal discussant at a conference; support of up to £500 is available. Awards are made three times a year. The closing dates for applications are 31 January, 31 May, and 30 September each year in respect of conferences which take place in the ensuing four months, e.g.

31 January (for conferences in February, March, April, May)
31 May (for conferences in June, July, August, September)
30 September (for conferences October, November, December, January)

The closing dates are strict. If applicants have not yet received confirmation that their paper has been accepted for a conference, they should still apply by the appropriate closing date. Any award made will be conditional on confirmation of their participation at the conference. Please note that the awards under the conference grant scheme are highly competitive, and selection will be based on the following criteria. These criteria should be addressed by the Head of Department in his/her supporting statement on the application form.

Preference will be given to applicants who are new entrants to the profession.
Preference will be given for attendance at high-impact international conferences.
Preference will be given to applicants whose attendance cannot ordinarily be funded from other sources, such as existing research grants.
Please note that no awards will be made to any applicant who has received RES financial assistance in the 3 previous years.

Further particulars may be obtained from Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ.

Apply online at: 

Support for small academic expenses
The Society is able to offer financial support to members who require small sums for unexpected expenditures. The type of expenditures which could qualify for support under this scheme include travel expenses in connection with independent research work, the purchase of a piece of software, expenses for a speaker at a conference being organised by the applicant's University or Institute, etc.

Please note that the awards under the grant scheme are highly competitive, and selection will be based on the following criteria. These criteria should be addressed in the application:

Preference will be given for initiatives which are for the benefit of new entrants to the profession.
Preference will be given to initiatives which cannot ordinarily be funded from other sources, such as existing research grants.
Applications will only be considered for projects/conferences in the area of economics
Please note that no awards will be made to any applicant who has received RES financial assistance in the 3 previous years.

Please note that the closing dates for applications are 31 January, 31 May, and 30 September each year and applications will only be considered at these times.

Apply online at: 

Alternatively, you can submit your application by post to: Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ.

RES One Year Junior Fellowship Awards
Each year the Society invites UK universities to nominate economics students for up to ten one-year  junior fellowships. The amount of the fellowship was increased in 2013 to £9,500 (£12,500 in London). This sum is paid to the universities, which will make appropriate arrangements for paying the awards at regular intervals. 

Candidates should have completed at least two years' work towards a doctoral thesis when they take up an award. Those who have already completed their doctorates may also be considered, upon application to the Secretary-General.

Those awarded Fellowships must undertake a minimum of 30 hours teaching, plus 15 hours preparation time, in the academic year. The maximum amount of teaching (including tutorials/supervisions undertaken for Colleges) is 60 hours, excluding 20 hours preparation time for which students may be paid. Students who already have full financial support for the academic year are not eligible for a fellowship award.

Universities will be invited by the Secretary-General of the Society to make application for the awards in the Spring of each year which must be submitted by the candidate’s Head of Department together with 2 separate references. Those awarded Fellowships must submit a report to the Secretary-General of the Society at the end of the academic year and are now also invited to submit a research paper to the RES Conference Programme Chair for possible inclusion in a conference session. For further details contact the RES Administrator at royaleconsoc@st-andrews.ac.uk.

The next year's scheme will open in January 2014.

Financial Assistance for Postgraduate Students attending the RES Annual Conference

All PhD students who are members of the RES (regardless of their nationality) and are not in full time employment can apply to the Royal Economic Society for financial support to assist with attendance at the RES Annual Conference.

A fixed budget will be allocated between all applicants to this scheme and therefore no guarantee can be given in advance about the level of support for individual applicants. In recent years the scheme has been able to cover the conference fee and accommodation cost for all applicants, and offer some compensation for travel costs. The level of support will also depend on whether the applicant is presenting a paper or not. Application for assistance should be made after the conference via a claim form which is available on this page.

Applicants will also be required to supply original receipts to support the claim and payments will be made by direct bank transfer. The deadline for claims for 2013 has now passed.

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