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The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, in partnership with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities, announces the call for proposals for Spring into Methods 2019.

Spring into Methods is an interdisciplinary, and cohort building programme, giving PhD researchers across Scotland, studying for a PhD in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences, the chance to apply to attend 2½ day research methods training events.

We are seeking applications to this fund from colleagues, or teams of colleagues, who work with the research methods outlined below. Training must be delivered on 2½ consecutive days between the 8th April – 10th May (inclusive) 2019.

Deadline for applications: Friday 25th January at 4pm via the SGSSS GradHub Platform

Proposed Methods Spring 2019

  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods, including EITHER how to Visualise Data OR analysis of linguistic data
  • Introduction to Qualitative Approaches
  • Practice as Research
  • Oral Narrative Methods
  • Story-boarding
  • Video Production (either as data or dissemination tool)
  • Arts-Based Research
  • Archival Research
  • Feminist Research Methods
  • Mining Administrative Data
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Ethics and fieldwork in conflict-zones
  • Participatory Observation
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Visualizing Research (e.g. infographics)
  • Materialist Research Methods (highlighting the very different forms that materialisms take)
  • Performative, Somatic & Relational Methods (bridges more-than-visual culture studies and practice-based/led research)
  • Environmental socio-cultural methods

In addition there is an open category for colleagues to apply to if they have an idea that falls outside the list above, but which they see as valuable and innovative methods training.

Teams of colleagues may apply to provide training on more than one of the methods listed above. We welcome teams that represent interests across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, but we will also accept applications from a single area, where it can be demonstrated that the proposed event meets the needs of all students.

Applications submitted in 2017/18 can be resubmitted though we would expect to see additionality generally and specifically around the online learning materials produced.


The overall fund is £25,000 p.a. This the second SiM programme and we hope to make this an annual call/programme. The maximum amount that can be applied for will be £2500 (as outlined above, estimated £1750 towards content/logistics + £750 catering). On the SiM application form, we require a breakdown of how the requested funds will be used. Funds will be allocated to high quality SiM proposals that meet the terms of funding described in this guidance.

Potential room hire costs are expected to be waived by the hosting HEI.

Proposals must be submitted via the SGSSS GradHub Platform by 25th January 2019: 4pm. Applications will be reviewed by a panel drawn from across SGSAH and SGSSS committees. We will only consider applications where the proposed training event is scheduled to run between 8th April– 10th May (inclusive, avoiding Easter and May spring holiday) 2019. We will notify successful event applicants by 5th February 2019. 

Enquiries can be directed at either and/or


Call for Workshop Proposals


Deadline for Workshop Proposals

25 January 2019

Proposals are reviewed by the Graduate Schools

1 February 2019

Applicants are informed of the Graduate Schools’ decision

5 February 2019

Events are promoted to students

6 February 2019

Deadline for students to apply to attend

20 February 2019

Students are notified of their success

4 March 2019