Sgoil Cheumnaichean Saidheans Sòisealta na h-Alba

SDS Collaborative Competition

The partnership will support 3 new PhD studentships for the academic year 2020/2021. 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:

  • Future models of enriched careers advice using machine learning
  • Upskilling & reskilling workforces to transition from declining occupations to growth occupations
  • Learner Journey pathways in Scotland

Time frame

Applications open September 2


Deadline for applications from supervisors

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

30 October 2019

Award outcomes communicated to applicants

End of November 2019

PhD Studentships advertised

from February 2020

Studentships advertisement deadline

8 May 2020

Student shortlisting and interview period

May 2020

PhD positions filled

June 2020