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ESRC STUDENT-LED OPEN COMPETITION 2020

We are currently making preparations to launch our 2020 ESRC Open Competition. Please check back in the coming weeks for more information. You can also sign up for our Newsletter, register for GradHub, or follow us on Twitter to be kept up to date with all of our competition launches and dates.

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science is delighted to announce the launch of the 2020 ESRC Student-led Open Competition

Guidance for the Student-led Open Competition for PhD study commencing in Autumn 2020 is now LIVE. Prospective students are invited to review the guidance in preparation for submitting applications from November with a deadline for submissions of 12 noon on 10 January 2020.  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. 

Please note that applications will be submitted via our applications portal on GradHub from the beginning of November. Please register for GradHub as soon as possible to avoid any delay as accounts are approved manually, during office hours.

Pathway eligiblity

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 contact details for one referee

It is vital that you contact your referee as soon as possible and let them know that they will be expected to provide a reference as soon as requested to do so and no later than 13th January. Referees can be directed to this page where guidance and reference templates can be found.

Upload your application onto GradHub – deadline 12 noon, 10 January 2020

  • Research Proposal (application form)
  • Transcripts
  • CV

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

Awards

Final eligibility checks undertaken and official awards offered