2020 Student-led Open Competition now open for applications!

Welcome to SGSSS

Home of Scotland’s ESRC DTP

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science is the UK's largest facilitator of funding, training and support for doctoral students in social science. By combining the expertise of sixteen universities across Scotland, the school facilitates world-class PhD research. The school is funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council.

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OUR FUNDERS

SGSSS is funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council.

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Our Governance

SGSSS is governed and managed via inter-institutional partnerships, which fosters collaboration and co-operation across its partner institutions. The formal governance structure is comprised of the Directorate, Supervisory Board, and Student Representatives.

Training

The SGSSS is committed to providing high quality advanced training in research methods and transferable skills to postgraduate students.

Studentships

SGSSS awards ESRC-funded PhD studentships through a number of annual competitions. There are opportunities for both students and supervisors to apply for funding.

Internships

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science runs a professional internship scheme for PhD students at Scotland’s universities in their second and third years of study

Knowledge Exchange

Supporting our PhD students and early career researchers to engage with non-academic partners to create impactful research.

Events

Keep up to date with all of the events that SGSSS have planned for the future

News

Blog: Listening, learning and sharing: The impact of group facilitation in oral history by Lorna Barton, Scottish Oral History Centre (SOHC)

In May this year, Professor Arthur McIvor of the University of Strathclyde was successful in securing funding to deliver training through our Spring into Methods programme,jointly funded wit the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. The proposal was to deliver Advanced Oral History Theory and Practice training to PhD students from both Social Science and Arts and Humanities disciplines. Here, Lorna Barton, a PGR Training Assistant and facilitator of the workshop gives a detailed account of the training. 

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Blog: PhD ‘Must-knows’ from attending the Big Data Centre for Environment and Health (BERTHA) Summer School – By Katie Riddoch

In August, SGSSS funded two ESRC Researchers to participate in the first annual summer school of the Aarhus University Big Data Centre for Environment and Health (BERTHA). This five day course on the theme of Personalised Sensors introduced a small group of PhDs and Post Docs to the application of state-of-the-art research using personalised sensors to measure environmental exposures, fitness, health, and wellbeing. The course also provided an excellent opportunity to understand the responsibility and ethical considerations in research involving protection of personal data and the involvement of participants in campaigns or fieldwork.

Here, Katie Riddoch, a 2nd Year Doctoral Student at the University of Glasgow (Social Brain in Action Lab, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology) funded by an ESRC Industrial Strategy Studentship, shares her reflections on the experience.

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Blog: Big Data in Small Packages – By Tim McGowan

In August, SGSSS funded two ESRC Researchers to participate in the first annual summer school of the Aarhus University Big Data Centre for Environment and Health (BERTHA). This five day course on the theme of Personalised Sensors introduced a small group of PhDs and Post Docs to the application of state-of-the-art research using personalised sensors to measure environmental exposures, fitness, health, and wellbeing. The course also provided an excellent opportunity to understand the responsibility and ethical considerations in research involving protection of personal data and the involvement of participants in campaigns or fieldwork.

Here, Tim McGowan, a 1st year PhD student at the University of Strathclyde (Laboratory for Innovation in Autism) funded by an ESRC Interdisciplinary Studentship, shares his reflections of working across disciplinary boundaries.

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Come work with us! SGSSS are looking to appoint an Associate Director to lead our People and Place hub. This Hub covers the below disciplines 👇 The post is available from January - deadline for applications November 26. Full job description here 👉https://t.co/plCZHsZpys

📢- Are you a UK-based private sector business?
- Do you have a project idea suitable for a 3-month PhD internship?
Find out more and register your interest in the SGSSS Innovation Internships Scheme https://t.co/GBMcCKXloX

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