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ESRC OPEN COMPETITION 2019

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science is delighted to announce the launch of the 2019 ESRC Student-led Open Competition

The Student-led Open Competition for PhD study commencing in Autumn 2019 is now OPEN. Prospective students are invited to submit their research proposal by 12 noon on 11 January 2019.  An overview of the competition timeline can be found below and within the guidance on the right.

n.b. institutions may have their own earlier internal deadlines. You must check this with the institution in advance.

Eligible students should read the guidance carefully and submit their proposal, along with all supporting documents, with the full support of their supervisor. 

We will be accepting complete applications from 30 November via our online submission portal, GradHub. Please register for GradHub as soon as possible to avoid any delay. Accounts are approved manually, during office hours.

Stage 1

Contact your preferred supervisor

  • you must have the support of your preferred supervisor before making an application

Stage 2

Create an account on GradHub

  • please ensure you register ahead of the deadline to avoid any delays with your application

Stage 3

Upload stage one of your application onto GradHub – deadline 12 noon, 11 January 2019

  • Research Proposal (application form)
  • Transcripts
  • CV
  • Contact details of one referee

Stage 4

Institution reviews your application

Outcome = Successful

Institution nominates you to go forward into the ESRC PhD Studentship Competition Pathway Review stage

  • Complete your final version application form on GradHub plus supervisor statement and one additional reference

Outcome = Unsuccessful

Your application will not be taken any further in the Competition

Stage 5

Pathway review

Outcome = Successful

Pathway nominates you to go forward into the ESRC PhD Studentship Competition Hub Review stage

Outcome = Unsuccessful

Your application will not be taken any further in the Competition

Stage 6

Hub review

Outcome = Successful

Institution nominates you to go forward into the ESRC PhD Studentship Competition Global Panel Review stage

Outcome = Unsuccessful

Your application will not be taken any further in the Competition

Stage 7

Global panel review

Outcome = Successful

Global Panel designates 2019 Open Competition awards subject to ratification and eligibility checks

Outcome = Reserve

Your application will remain eligible for consideration as a reserve in the Competition for approximately 1 month

Outcome = Unsuccessful

Your application will not be taken any further in the Competition

Stage 7

Final eligibility checks undertaken and official awards offered