Guidance on completing the AHRC DTP Scotland application form
Please note that the application form will automatically cut off entries over the stated word limits.
This section asks you to provide contact information. We will normally contact you by email so please ensure you use an address you check regularly & which will be available to you at least until May 2016. Studentship awards will be announced by 27 April 2016 at the latest. Applicants offered a studentship must confirm their acceptance of it by 11 May 2016 at the latest. It is your responsibility to check your email account regularly prior to (&, if necessary, on) 27 April 2016 to see if a studentship offer has been made to you. If no response is received from you to such an offer by the deadline, the studentship will be allocated to another applicant. You may be informed that you are on a reserve list. We cannot tell you whether you are likely to receive a studentship in this case; it depends entirely on whether other applicants accept their awards.
This section asks you to confirm whether you are eligible for a full studentship or for fees-only. Please check the guidance on Eligibility here for more information before commencing your application. If you are unsure about your eligibility, we advise you to contact the postgraduate office at your nominating HEI for advice & guidance at an early stage in the process.
Subject Panel(s) of PhD Project
SGSAH studentships are assessed by four panels. Their coverage is set out here. Please indicate which panel covers your proposal. Please note that you should only select two panels if two of the members of your supervisory team come from disciplines covered by different panels. There is no advantage or disadvantage to selecting one panel rather than two. If you are unsure which Panel covers your proposal, please seek the advice of your proposed supervisor(s).
Please ensure that you complete the subject box. You may choose up to two subjects for your research proposal.
Qualifications/Relevant professional experience
This section requires you to complete the year, & if appropriate, grade, of your qualifications.
Please note: The AHRC expects applicants to have completed or to be studying towards a Masters qualification. If you are not in this position you must use the ‘Relevant Professional Experience’ section to provide evidence that the training & development you have received is equivalent to that obtained through a Master’s course &, therefore, prepares you to continue to doctoral study.
Relevant professional experience (300 words maximum)
This section of the form is designed only for those applicants who have not already achieved, & are not working towards, relevant academic qualifications. Whilst we do not wish to discriminate against applicants who might not previously have had the opportunity to study at postgraduate level, you should be aware that a doctoral degree is a rigorous training at a high academic standard. If you are completing this section of the application, you should make it very clear how your previous professional experience has prepared you in particular for the independent research element of your proposed area of study.
Your application will only receive marks for one of these two sections. If you complete both, the higher of the two marks will go forward with your application.
Research context, methods & sources (500 words maximum)
This section must describe your proposal. We are seeking original, innovative, cogent & coherent proposals, which are well-written in their entirety. The research question(s) should be clear & researchable. The methodology should be demonstrably appropriate & the whole proposal well-grounded in current literature &/or practice. Reviewers are academics with experience of evaluating research proposals; their membership does not, however, necessarily include anyone with a detailed or highly specialist knowledge of your specific subject area. It is therefore important that you write in a way that allows non-subject-specialists to come to a clear understanding of your proposed research.
Please note that the word count is automatic so any references/bibliography included will reduce the space you have available to describe your proposal.
Knowledge Exchange, Public Engagement & Research Impact (300 words maximum)
This section should describe your plans for knowledge exchange & public engagement in relation to your proposal, together with early plans to realise the impact of your research. The UK Research Councils want to encourage researchers to be actively involved in thinking about how they will achieve excellence with impact & to explore the pathways for realising impacts. We recognise that research impact takes time to develop & that, particularly at the outset of a research degree, the extent to which impact can be predicted may be limited. Therefore in addition to early plans for realising research impact this section allows you to outline opportunities for public engagement & knowledge exchange.
Please note that we use the RCUK definition of impact here. More information on the AHRC’s approach to impact can be found on its website here.
When we ask you to describe the impact your research might have, we are not asking you to answer your research question(s) or to anticipate the results of your research. Instead we are asking you to consider more broadly who both within & beyond academia may be interested in &/or benefit by your research & its findings; & to describe what methods you might use to engage with these people or groups during & after your research.