Thursday, 1 September 2011

12 PhD studentships for Bloomsbury Colleges /Int'l development


To:      All Staff @ Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, School of Pharmacy, School of Oriental & African Studies.

From: The Bloomsbury Colleges Research Committee
Date:   1 September 2011
Re:      Bloomsbury Colleges PhD Studentships for 2012
The Bloomsbury Colleges Consortium has six member institutions from the University of London: Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, School of Oriental and African Studies and The School of Pharmacy. Together they are identifying and pursuing opportunities for academic and administrative collaboration.

Twelve 3-year PhD studentships are available for intercollegiate research collaborations to start October 2012. These studentships entail collaboration between at least two Bloomsbury Colleges, and each participating College will be the lead (i.e., principal supervisor and registration base for the students) for two such collaborations.  For all colleges, the studentships will cover fees at the home/EU rate and maintenance at the level recommended by the Research Councils.  Applicants from non-EU countries will be required to meet the additional costs of overseas fees from other sources.  All studentships will be managed in line with the current good practices of all member Colleges.

This formal call for proposals from academic staff within the Bloomsbury Colleges has a deadline for submission of 17th October 2011.  Each School/College will screen proposals where the lead applicant is based in that institution, and select a maximum of 5 applications for forwarding to the Bloomsbury Colleges Research Committee for consideration at a meeting scheduled for 11th November (i.e., the Committee will receive a maximum of 30 applications).  The Committee will select 12 applications, and successful applicants will be notified by 18th November at the latest.  The studentships will be advertised on The Bloomsbury Colleges website before the Christmas break 2011 and placed in a selection of high profile journals in January 2012, with interviews and the selection process taking place during February to March 2012.  The students will start their courses in October 2012. 

Although a number of criteria* will be used in the selection process, it is important to note that applicants must convince the Committee that the studentship will foster new and sustainable research collaboration between the partner colleges.

The timetable for this process is summarized in the accompanying page. Please contact with any enquiries.

Applications should be submitted by the lead applicant to the corresponding receiver in their institution:
Berni Widemann   
Dean of Studies Office
Kathryn Oatey      
Liz Wilkinson         
Trevor Pearce       
Kate Gerrard         
Professor David Thurston
Chair, Bloomsbury Colleges Research Committee

* Criteria for selection process are as follows:

1.    Strengthens new/blossoming Bloomsbury College collaboration
2.    Broadens range of existing studentship collaborations (eg in terms of college partnerships, subjects covered)
3.    Academic merit of the proposal, including realistic scope of the project for a 3 year PhD
4.    Security of funding to undertake the project (eg for data collection and consumables) - to avoid risk of delay or non-completion of project because of funding shortfall
5.    Strong track record and evidence of supervision capacity of lead supervisor
6.    Evidence of awareness of college supervision requirements and procedures (eg advisory panel, timing of upgrade).
7.    View for International Development

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