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

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Deadline for applications from supervisors

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

30 October 2019
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Award outcomes communicated to applicants

End of November 2019
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PhD Studentships advertised

12 December 2019 - 2 February 2020
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Studentships advertisement deadline

4 February 2020
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Student shortlisting and interview period

4 February – 16 March 2020
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PhD positions filled

April 2020