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ESRC STUDENT-LED OPEN COMPETITION 2020/21

The 2020/21 ESRC Student-Led Competition will launch in November 2020

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 November 2020 (expected publication of research council guidance) for an update on these changes.

We are currently making preparations to launch our 2020/21 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 2020/21 ESRC Student-led Open Competition

Guidance and application forms for the Student-led Open Competition for PhD study commencing in Autumn 2021 are now LIVE. Prospective students are invited to review the guidance in preparation for submitting applications with a deadline for submissions of 5pm on 7 January 2021.  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 required documents, with the full support of their supervisor. 

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

Pathway eligiblity

Step 1

Contact your preferred supervisor

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

Step 2

Create an account on GradHub

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

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 as soon as requested to do so and no later than 7 January 2021. Referees can be directed to this page where guidance and reference templates can be found.

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

  • Research Proposal (application form)
  • Transcripts
  • CV

Step 4

HEI Review Stage

Outcome = Successful

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

  • Complete the final version of your application form on GradHub and upload your Supervisor Statement of Support

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