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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: Overseas Institutional Visits: I went, I saw, I conquered (my own fears) by Hazel Booth

Hazel Booth is an ERSC-funded student about to enter her final year of PhD studies with the Faculty of Social Science at Stirling University. Interested in the ways that madness has been constructed in society, her topic considers how issues of power and understanding shape the policy and practice of self-management. To the topic, she brings her training as a registered mental health nurse and her lived experience of mental difference. In Summer 2019 she was awarded funding which enabled a very exciting month-long stay in Canada where she was able to connect with some of the Canadian scholars that are conducting vital work in her field. Hazel has been keeping a blog which gives an open and personal account of this, and her continuing voyage on the choppy seas of PGR study. 

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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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☀️Our final video in this week's 'How are you doing' wellbeing series comes from SGSSS Associate Director Lydia Plowman. Listen to Lydia discuss the pressure for productivity & let us know how you've been balancing your time in the comments below! #phdchat
https://youtu.be/MPG74ZHaKqk

Happy Friday! 🎉 We've reached the final few #studentship opportunities that we'd like to share with you. Please take a look at our website for more details on these studentships and for information on all our current opportunities!👇https://sgsss.ac.uk/studentships/current-opportunities/ #phdlife #phdchat #phd

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