SGSSS is committed to supporting students’ training and development throughout their PhD journey.

Training is available all year round and is led by outcomes of the Training Needs Analysis (TNA) process. SGSSS builds on the training provided by our partner HEIs and delivers advanced training where the TNAs identify training needs, which would be of benefit to other PhD students across Scotland. We draw on the expertise at our partner HEIs or bring in external specialists where this is required.

Training also supports and facilitates cohort development, interdisciplinarity, and knowledge exchange and impact through monthly training events across Scotland, the summer school programme and pathway hub activities.

Funds are directed towards several key areas, which cover Advanced Training, Student-led Training, Spring into Methods, Working with Business, Pathway-specific training and the prestigious SGSSS Summer School.

Pathway Training Fund (previously Advanced Training Fund)

SGSSS is committed to providing high quality advanced training in research methods and transferable skills to postgraduate students. There is an annual budget of £20,000. To support this endeavour, a Pathway Training Fund (PTF) is available, which supports advanced and specialist training events organised by pathways and/or hosted at our partner universities. The PTF can be used to cover travel, accommodation and related logistical costs.

  • The competition for 2018/19 is now CLOSED

It is expected that all events funded in the 2018/19 competition will take place between October 2018 – September 2019 (inclusive).  

The PTF will be repeated each year. Pathways given funding previously, may wish to think about repeating the event. In addition, other pathways, can now plan a submission with a clearer idea of the timeline.

Student-Led Training Fund

The Student-Led Training Fund is a new SGSSS initiative. It will be launched in October 2018.

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, but a signature from your Dean of Graduate Studies is also 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. The SGSSS will reimburse student travel where the event is 50+ miles from their home institution from our own funds.

This competition will be launched in October 2018 (deadlines to be finalised), with events able to happen between November 2019-July 2019 (inclusive). Applications can be made via GradHub.

ESRC Training Funds

There are several additional funding resources available for ESRC-funded students to access during the course of their PhD studies. These include the Overseas International Visits (OIV), Overseas Fieldwork (OFW) and Difficult Language Training (DLT) funding strands, alongside the Research Training Support Grant (RTSG).​