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ESRC Steers Competition 2020/21

The 2020/21 competition is now closed for applications for supervisors - funded projects will be open to students to apply for from 3 March 2021

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. Please note, additional information on datasets is included in the Steers Competition Guidance.

Supervisor-Led Studentships Q&A
To view the recording of the Q&A session for supervisors, which took place on 24 September, please click here.

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

3 March 2021

Deadline to notify SGSSS of preferred candidate

28 May 2021