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SDS Collaborative Competition

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The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science is delighted to announce the continuation of its partnership with Skills Development Scotland in 2019. Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is co-funding a number of 1+3/+3 PhD studentships with the ESRC to be delivered in Partnership with the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science and its partner universities in Scotland.

The partnership aims to support 4 new PhD studentships per year – 16 are currently underway. Their research will provide new knowledge and insights to help advance the understanding of key skills issues from a Scottish perspective.

The overall purpose of the SDS-SGSSS PhD scheme is to engage with the academic community to support the production of new, high-quality research focused on the Scottish labour market. It will:

  • Contribute to the development of a cadre of high-quality academic researchers with a deep knowledge of the Scottish skills landscape
  • Provide SDS with access to high-quality academic research around topics of longer-term interest
  • Increase the range and scope of SDS engagement with academic experts in support of skills policy

Current research topics include:

  • Young people’s response to new opportunities – have decision making behaviours changed over time?
  • The wider benefits of Career Management Skills to individuals
  • The impact of business models and innovative leadership practices on organisational performance
  • Skills for the 4th industrial revolution: implications for pedagogy in learning and skills provision
  • Promoting entrepreneurialism in the workplace
  • Work-Based-Learning (WBL) and Firm Performance

Time frame

Applications open


Deadline for applications from supervisors

Please note that your individual HEI may wish to deploy an earlier deadline for the application

1 November 2018

Award outcomes communicated to applicants

End of November 2018

PhD Studentships advertised

12 December 2018 - 1 February 2019

Studentships advertisement deadline

1 February 2019

Student shortlisting and interview period

1 February – 15 March 2019

PhD positions filled

April 2019