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ESRC Steers Competition 2020/21


UKRI (ESRC) are currently in the process of changing the rules regarding residential eligibility criteria for studentships. This will apply across all SGSSS studentship competitions (both student and supervisor led). As such, please check back in October 2020 (expected publication of research council guidance) for an update on these changes.

Please note, for all of the supervisor-led competitions, applications can be submitted as planned, as the implications of the changes to eligibility criteria will only take effect at the stage of student recruitment.

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science is delighted to announce the launch of the ESRC Steers Supervisor-led Competition​ 2020/21

In line with the ESRC’s core commitment to enhancing social science capability and building capacity in priority areas, the SGSSS is running a two stage Supervisor-led Competition awarding studentships in the following priority areas (steers):  

  • Datasets
  • Interdisciplinary research which straddles other research council remits
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM)

To find out more about each steer, please read the ESRC’s Guidance on Steers and Targets. Note that additional information on datasets is included in the Steers Competition Guidance.

Supervisors are invited to review the guidance in preparation for submitting an Expression of Interest by 12pm on 9 October 2020. An overview of the competition timeline can be found below.

Please note that applications should be submitted via our applications portal, GradHub. Please register for GradHub as soon as possible to avoid any delay as accounts are approved manually, during office hours.

Supervisor-Led Studentships Q&A
Join the SGSSS and SDS between 10:00-11:00 on Thursday 24 September to learn more about all our supervisor-led studentships and how to apply. You can join the session here via Collaborate.

Due to the complexities of the interdisciplinary steer, Professor Lydia Plowman has provide some additional guidance in the form of the below video and the accompanying slides (available to download as a pdf document).



Competition Launch

31 August 2020

Expression of Interest deadline

9 October 2020 at 12pm

Shortlisted candidates invited to complete full application

6 November 2020

Deadline for full applications

4 December 2020 at 12pm

Award outcomes communicated to applicants

25 January 2021

Student recruitment period begins

12 February 2021

Deadline to notify SGSSS of preferred candidate

28 May 2021