2021 Seedcorn Studentships

Brigstow is offering University of Bristol postgraduate research students and students on MRes programmes the opportunity to work with one of our experimental partnerships as they carry out research on an interdisciplinary and co-produced research project. Application deadline: 12 noon Friday 9th April 2021.

This Call is now closed.

A bit about the Brigstow Institute

Brigstow brings researchers from different disciplines together with a range of partners across the city and beyond to experiment in new ways of living and being. Our research is underpinned by a commitment to a distinctive way of working that foregrounds inter-disciplinary, co-produced research with – and not just for – those outside the university, and an emphasis on ‘critical making’ as a research methodology. More information on Brigstow can be found at www.bristol.ac.uk/brigstow/. Given this focus on human experience/living well, the research projects have arts/humanities researchers and/or social scientists taking a key role in the interdisciplinary research teams.

The Studentships

For the studentships, there is a mix of disciplines and skills requested, from poetry to robotics, from creative methods to data analysis, from law to sound.  And if you don’t feel you’re a perfect fit, please still consider applying – this is as much about your career and skills development as it is about assisting a research project.

There are seven studentships available, each serving different projects. The pages signposted below provide an overview of the projects on offer, as well as details regarding:

  • the disciplinary knowledge and skills required from the successful applicant,
  • an overview of the tasks you would be expected to undertake.
  • the expected total number of hours you would spend on the project (working patterns to be discussed between the project teams and the successful applicants).

The hourly pay rate for all studentships is £13.05 plus holiday pay (equivalent of £14.63 per hour).

You can apply for more than one internship, but if successful, will only be able to take up one offer.

Once on the project, there may be other Brigstow events or activities of interest to you. We ask all seedcorn project teams to attend a work in progress meeting where 1-3 projects share their progress so far, discuss approaches and share best practice.  As a student on a seedcorn project, we’d hope you would be able to attend (they are usually held during a Wednesday lunchtime).


This opportunity is open to all students registered at the University of Bristol to undertake a:

  • Eligible postgraduate research degree:

    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Professional doctorate (EdD, EngD, DEdPsych, MD, DDS)
    • Master’s degree by research (MMus, MPhil or MScR)
  • Eligible postgraduate taught degree:
    • Master of research (MRes)

If you are successful, in order to be paid you will have to provide proof that you have the right to work in the UK.

How can I apply?

You can apply for a Brigstow Studentship by completing the 2021 Seedcorn Student Application form. This will be viewed by an interdisciplinary team with external partners so please be clear about your background and why you are excited by the project.

What are the deadlines for applying and carrying out the studentship?

Applications should be submitted by 12 noon Friday 9th April 2021.

We will notify people as soon as we can but would expect the studentships to take place between April and September 2021.


If you have any questions, please email hello-brigstow@bristol.ac.uk in the first instance.


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You can apply for a Brigstow Studentship by filling out the 2021 Seedcorn Studentship Application form.

Want a downloadable format?

You can download an interactive PDF version of this call here: 2021 Brigstow Seedcorn Studentship Call Document (PDF, 431kB).

We recognise that these are still uncertain and worrying times, but tasks for the studentships will be set taking into account the most recent advice re Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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