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The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science is a unique collaboration between 16 Universities in Scotland. By working together with partner institutions, we are able to create world-class research training opportunities and to make them available to all doctoral students in the social sciences. We also provide pathways with funding to support the development of training through the Advanced Training Fund.

SGSSS offers students access to research expertise across Scotland, in disciplines across social sciences, as well as in subjects where social scientists are collaborating with colleagues from other disciplines such as arts, humanities, medicine and the natural/physical sciences.

Advanced Training simply means training, in addition to the core methods training that you will have received during your Masters year. It will include methods, training that helps you get ready for work, training that helps you better understand theory, and training that helps you develop as a leader in your disciplinary area.

New to 2018/19

The Student-Led Training Fund is a new SGSSS initiative. It will be launched in October 2018 (deadlines to be finalised) with events to be scheduled between November 2018 and July 2019.

As well as allowing students to lead on deciding what events they would most value, student-organisers will gain leadership & management skills. As there is a full calendar of training opportunities, this fund is expected to be used to host invited speakers/develop Masterclass training. However,  students’ ideas beyond this are welcomed.

Student(s) are expected to lead on the applications, however a signature from your Dean of Graduate Studies will also be required to ensure you have institutional support.

There is an annual budget of £5,000. This is to cover the cost (travel, a local hotel) of an invited speaker. It is likely that individual applications to the fund will not exceed £500. SGSSS will reimburse student travel where the event is 50+ miles from their home institution from our own funds.