Applied Research Collaborative Studentships

Applied Research Collaborative Studentships


Applied Research Collaborative Studentships (ARCS) are doctoral projects designed and supervised by at least two higher education institutions (HEIs) and at least one other partner. They must demonstrate mutual benefit for all partners and the doctoral researcher. They offer opportunities for:

  • doctoral researchers: to undertake innovative training and applied research experience as well as access to expertise and resources not available within an academic setting.
  • partner organisations: to work with a highly motivated doctoral researcher on the development of cutting-edge research addressed to their organisation's needs and priorities.
  • HEIs: to demonstrate societal, economic and cultural impact through collaboration, develop supervisory capacity and build new inter-institutional links.
  • SGSAH: to strengthen existing partnerships or develop new ones which may have benefit for other doctoral researchers.
  • everyone: to build new research collaborations.

Each doctoral researcher will be supported by academic and partner supervisors, and will have a flexible placement opportunity with the partner organisation.

ARCS are supported by the Scottish Funding Council, which is meeting 50% of the costs of each three-year studentship, which includes a stipend at RCUK rate. The remaining 50% of costs will be met by HEIs.

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