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Doctoral Training Opportunities in the School of Education for September 2013

The School of Education is pleased to announce that the following funding opportunities are available to prospective and current postgraduate research students. More information and  the application process are outlined on the School of Education website.

President’s Doctoral Scholar Awards

The University of Manchester has launched a further £2.5m investment in Doctoral training with the creation of the President’s Doctoral Scholar Awards (PDS Awards). These prestigious awards are open to all nationalities and all research areas. In the Humanities Faculty PDS Award funding will be allocated to the most outstanding applicants seeking doctoral training opportunities starting in September 2013.

Based on the academic track-record of applicants, and evidence of their research potential, we will select our PDS Award winners from the various applicants across our 2013 funding schemes. Our most outstanding applicants will receive confirmation of their PDS status alongside confirmation of their doctoral funding. PDS Award status will entitle our successful candidates to a further £1,000 enhancement to their stipend.

They will also have the opportunity to:

  • attend a series of exclusive events where they will have the opportunity to meet the University of Manchester President and Vice Chancellor;
  • benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars;
  • interact closely with the academic community and network with other PDS Award students;
  • receive a President’s Doctoral Scholar medal at graduation and become a PDS Award ambassador for the University.

ESRC Doctoral Training Awards

The School of Education is also delighted to announce that applications are invited for ESRC Doctoral Training Awards, funded through the North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC), for entry in September 2013.

The NWDTC  ‘Learning, Technology and Identities in Educational Research: Policy and Practice’ pathway brings together two leading education research institutions: The School of Education, University of Manchester, and the University of Lancaster’s Department of Educational Research. Both institutions support a wide range of interests and expertise in educational policy and practice. Educational psychology is a shared strength at both Manchester and Lancaster and, additionally, Lancaster has specialisms in technology enhanced learning and higher education research, and Manchester in educational and social inclusion, equity in education and sociocultural theory.

Applicants are invited for the 1+3 PhD and 4 year PhD (Manchester only) and +3 PhD (Manchester and Lancaster).

Applications to the University of Manchester for both PDS and ESRC Awards are invited across a wide-range of research areas at the cutting edge of theory and practice. The School of Education’s mission is to contribute to improvements in the overall quality of education for students, their families and communities in educational settings throughout the world.

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant Awards

The School of Education will also be inviting applications for Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant (GTRA) Awards to commence in September 2013. The GTRA award holders will be required to support a wide range of activities that contribute to enriching the ethos and environment of the PGR community in the School of Education, and thereby to the research culture in the school itself. Award holders will be expected to make a contribution of around 6 hours per week (150 hours a year) in the School, principally assisting academic staff in the delivery of high quality research and teaching and taking a central role in fostering a vibrant PGR student community.

ESRC and PDS Doctoral Awards submission deadline: 5pm on Monday 4 February 2013

GTRA and PDS Doctoral Awards submission deadline: 5pm on Monday 22 April 2013



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