Spring into Methods

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Call for Workshop Proposals

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH), in partnership with the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS), warmly invite proposals for Spring into Methods 2024.

The Spring into Methods programme brings together arts, humanities, social science, and other doctoral researchers from across Scotland to offer sessions providing an in-depth approach to learning a specific research method for up to 15 hours. We are relaunching the programme for 2024 with the ambition of innovating and moving to learning experiences that fuel our students’ ambitions and widen their horizons. 

SGSAH and SGSSS invite proposals from members of staff in any of the affiliated HEIs to provide this training which will be offered with our support. Whilst we hope and expect in-person training to be possible, we welcome proposals that are delivered online.

For delivery in Spring 2024 (8th April – 14th June), we are inviting applications for two types of events, see below.

Grand Challenge Hackathon

SGSAH and SGSSS invite proposals from members of staff in any affiliated HEIs to provide this training. Offering exciting problem-solving challenges, hackathons can provide prime opportunities for students to practice their interdisciplinary skills as they recognise and draw from their strengths to contribute to the team. We particularly welcome hackathons that pose challenges which articulate the UN Sustainability Goals, and/or Scotland's National Performance Framework. Hackathons do not need to also deliver research training, rather, they should seek to develop students’ broader skills such as interdisciplinary working, problem-solving, or entrepreneurial thinking. We are keen to fund these events, with an elevated budget in recognition of the resources that may be required for successful delivery. See example in section 6 of the guidance notes.

In-Depth Research Training

All events should focus on a method and be inclusive and relevant to students from across the arts, humanities and social sciences.

SGSAH and SGSSS also invite proposals from members of staff in any affiliated HEIs to provide this training. To increase accessibility, we ask for highly interactive proposals delivered either online or in person. A hybrid event is possible; however, facilitators are required to show that they are supporting all learners. Please ensure that you clearly outline the pedagogical rationale for your approach if proposing a hybrid event.

Our emphasis is on interactive, interdisciplinary and innovative sessions that demonstrate both expertise in methods training and leadership to involve early career researchers in delivery. Our main audience is doctoral researchers from arts, humanities, and social science, but our emphasis on interdisciplinarity means we encourage applications from other disciplines, e.g. academics affiliated with the SOCIAL Centre for Doctoral Training in Socially Intelligent Artificial Agents and SICSA, the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance.


Please note: the deadline for workshop proposals for event delivery in 2024 has now passed.

We recommend you read the guidance before submitting your application to ensure that the proposal meets all requirements.

Download the guidance: Spring into Methods Guidance 2024 (PDF, 332KB)


Workshop proposals open Monday 27 November 2023
Deadline for workshop proposals Friday 2 February 2024, 3pm
Applicants informed of outcome w/c 12 February 2024
Applications open for students Monday 26 February 2024
Deadline for student applications Monday 18 March 2024
Students informed of application outcome w/c 18 March 2024
Events take place Monday 8 April – Friday 31 May 2024, (avoiding holidays)