Aberystwyth University’s AberDoc PhD Scholarship Scheme in UK, 2017

  • Deadline: March 1, 2017
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The Aberystwyth University offers a package of research and training for full-time PhD students. These prestigious AberDoc scholarships are now open to UK/EU and Non-EU students who wish to study for a full-time PhD commencing in September 2017.

These awards aim to develop the necessary skills required to meet applicant’s career choices and offer a breadth of development opportunities to enhance their research, teaching and transferable skills.

University mission is to facilitate growth and development, and to challenge boundaries, helping students and staff to contribute to human Endeavour by unlocking their own talents. It seeks to nurture ability in all areas, share best practice, and remove institutional barriers to achievement.

International and EU applicants will need to show evidence of a sufficient knowledge of English. This must be proved before the applicant begins their course. If they have not achieved the required level before sending their application, their formal offer for postgraduate study will include a condition stating that they need to achieve this level before the start of their course. If they do not reach the required level of proficiency, it will not be possible to admit them onto the course.

Eligibility

To be eligible you must:

  • Have or expect to obtain at least upper second class honours in your first degree
  • Apply and be offered a place for doctoral study at Aberystwyth
  • Achievement of 7.0 in IELTS, or equivalent, as the normal case, for non-UK students (before the end of March 2017 at the latest)
  • Be commencing your doctoral study in September 2017 (current AU PhD students may be considered see point 3 of regulations below)

Benefits

Scholarship awards:

  • Successful candidates will receive a grant for up to three years which will cover their tuition fees (up to the UK/EU rate of £4,121)** and also provide them with a maintenance allowance of approximately £14,296 per annum** and access to a travel and conference fund (max. £500 per annum). Scholarships commence from the main intake: September 2017.
  • Non-EU students would have to cover the difference between UK/EU tuition fees and the non-EU tuition fees (approx. £8,198 to £8,448) from their scholarship. However, there will be 3 additional President’s Scholarships**,** which cover this difference in tuition fees. These will be awarded to the three highest ranked non-EU candidates for the AberDoc competition.
  • All doctoral research students are able to undertake to teach and would be provided with an HR contract to enable this to happen easily, and will be recorded as staff members for this purpose.   Payment will be according to the rate for hourly teaching staff. Other opportunities for paid work may also be available,  such as research support, marking,  student recruitment and support activities.

Application

Applicants can apply both using online application mode and also offline by post or via e-mail.

The application to study for a PhD must be received by the relevant closing date. Applications must include an application form, two academic references, academic transcripts and a research proposal (1000 to 1500 words). No other forms are required. We encourage applicants to contact the relevant academic department before constructing their research proposal. This is the first selection stage.  For 2017, the supplementary AberDoc Application Form should only be completed by candidates whom departments wish to nominate for the selection by their respective academic Institute and subsequently to the AberDoc Panel (via the PG Admissions Office).

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