One fully-funded opportunity is available for October 2022 for an outstanding doctoral candidate from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background to develop their career as a researcher within the School of Human and Health Sciences at the TEF Gold rated University of Huddersfield. The scholarship will cover tuition fees and a stipend at UKRI rates (currently £15,609 per year) for the equivalent of three years’ study.
Additional scholarships comprising fee waivers of 50% of fees (but no stipend) may also be available for excellent BAME candidates who are not selected for the one fully funded scholarship. The availability of these fee waivers will be subject to supervisor availability within the area of research applied for.
The scholarships have been developed in response to the sector-wide underrepresentation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students in postgraduate research and are available to applicants domiciled in the UK who are from Black, Asian and/or minority ethnic heritage*.
The usual expectation for scholarships is full-time study, though in exceptional cases we may be able to consider offering the scholarship pro-rata on a part-time basis, where a candidate’s personal situation makes full-time study difficult. The scholarships are available for PhD research in any of the following disciplines: Sociology, Criminology, Social Work/Social Policy, Psychology, Nursing & Midwifery, Public Health, Applied Health Sciences, Politics and International Studies. We ask all applicants to provide a research proposal and particularly encourage proposals focusing on our key Research Themes.
* as defined by the Higher Education Statistics Agency [Arab; Asian or Asian British – Bangladeshi; Asian or Asian British – Indian; Asian or Asian British – Pakistani; Black or Black British – African; Black or Black British – Caribbean; Chinese; Mixed – White and Asian; Mixed – White and Black African; Mixed – White and Black Caribbean; Other Asian background; Other Black background; Other mixed background]
The School of Human and Health Sciences
The School has an ambitious programme of research that is making a real difference to people’s lives. We are highly collaborative, working closely with others to tackle real-world problems for health and society. We help to form opinions, drive improvements to practice and influence policy. In short, we make things better. Postgraduate research students are an integral part of our research community. Working closely with our leading research centres they play an important role in helping us achieve our shared aspirations. All postgraduate researchers within our School benefit from skilled supervision by experienced and enthusiastic researchers, as well as a comprehensive programme of training in research methods and researcher development.
We are firmly committed to the principles of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion and committed to promoting a climate of respect within our School community. The School observes the University’s vision and commitment to “provide an inclusive learning and working environment, where all staff and students are valued for their contribution and able to reach their full potential”. We are proud of the way that we are embedding the principles of equality, diversity and inclusivity in the work that we do.
Who we are looking for:
We are seeking applicants with a passion for their discipline and a clear view of the potential impact of their research. We will award the scholarships to applicants who not only have the potential to produce an exceptional piece of work but who are also keen to play an active role in developing the inclusive research culture of our School, contributing to seminars and other research events.
A condition of the scholarship with stipend is that you will contribute an average of six hours per week to assisting with undergraduate teaching, preparation and marking and/or supporting staff research and broader School activities, without additional payment. This fully funded scholarship is open to applicants who do not intend to engage in more than six hours per week of additional paid work outside the University.
Eligibility criteria/entry requirements
Achievement is required in a relevant academic discipline that equates to first class honours at undergraduate level or a distinction at master’s level. Our preference is for applicants who have already demonstrated excellence at master’s level, but we will consider exceptional applicants without a master’s.
Applicants who are expecting to achieve the above standard before September can still apply, so long as there is already clear evidence from coursework marks that they are on target to achieve a first/distinction. The scholarship is only available for applicants who would normally be eligible to pay Home (UK) fees rather than International fees. You can find information on whether you meet criteria for being classed as a ‘Home’ student on the UK Council for International Student Affairs website. If your previous education was not in the UK, you will also need to demonstrate proficiency in the English Language commensurate with an overall IELTS test score of 7.0 with no score below 6.5.
Webinars for PGR applicants to the School of Human and Health Sciences
We understand that undertaking postgraduate research can be daunting which is why we have created two informal, online events where you will be able to meet with Dr Dawn Leeming our School Director of Graduate Education, who will provide further information about our research opportunities, explore our disciplines and the specific research topics highlighted within these for supervision, and provide details about the application process and entry criteria.
Wednesday 4th May 6pm – 7.30pm (click here to book)