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ESRC STUDENT-LED OPEN COMPETITION 2020/21

We are currently making preparations to launch our 2020/21 ESRC Open Competition. Please check back on 5 November 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 2020/21 Competition is now closed

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

The application process for the Student-led Open Competition, for ESRC-funded PhD studentships commencing in autumn 2021, is now open.

Prospective students are invited to submit applications by the deadline of 5pm on 7 January 2021.  We have extensive application guidance available for prospective students and their supervisors (see Competition Guidance and Documents section).

A full overview of the competition timeline can be found below and within the guidance.

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 required documents, with the full support of their supervisor. 

Please Note: Applications are submitted via our application portal, GradHub. As such, please register for GradHub as soon as possible to avoid any delays, as accounts are approved manually during office hours.

 

Competition Guidance and Documents

Online Webinar – Starting Your Journey Towards a PhD: First Steps in the Application Process 

 
On Monday 23 November, SGSSS held a webinar designed to help honours and masters students in social science subjects considering postgraduate research.
Topics covered included ‘what is a PhD?’ and ‘what opportunities are available to me?’ as well as tips on designing a research project, approaching a potential supervisor and getting started with the application process. 
 
Click here to view the recording of this webinar.

Pathway eligiblity

Step 1

Contact your preferred supervisor

Step 2

Create an account on GradHub

Step 3

Provide contact details for both referees

It is vital that you contact your referees as soon as possible and let them know that they will be expected to provide a reference, no later than 12pm on 7 January 2021 (to allow time to upload references to applications before the deadline of 5pm on 7 January 2021). Referees can be directed to this page where guidance and reference templates can be found, however they will receive the reference template in the email sent to them when you submit their details.

Upload your application via GradHub – deadline 5pm, 7 January 2021

Step 4

HEI Review Stage

Outcome = Successful

Your institution nominates you to go forward to the Pathway Review Stage

Outcome = Unsuccessful

Your application will not be taken any further in the Competition

Step 5

Pathway Review Stage

Outcome = Successful

Your Pathway nominates you to go forward to the HEI Review Stage

Outcome = Unsuccessful

Your application will not be taken any further in the Competition

Step 6

Hub Review Stage

Outcome = Successful

Your Hub nominates you to go forward to the Global Panel Review Stage

Outcome = Unsuccessful

Your application will not be taken any further in the Competition

Step 7

Global Panel Review Stage

Outcome = Successful

Global Panel designates the 2020/21 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