Funding Opportunities

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for the academic year 2014/15 are:

Full-time overseas students  £13,400

Full-time UK/EU students     £3,939

Part-time UK/EU students    £1,970

Tuition fees for the academic year 2015/16 are:

Full-time overseas students  £13,800

Full-time UK/EU students     £4,100

Part-time UK/EU students    £2,050

Full-time fees are payable for each academic year of study.  There is an increase in fees at the start of each academic year for all fee structures.

Funding Support

Below you will find details of scholarships and other funding opportunities available via the Graduate School of Education for PhD study. The Student Funding Office also provides advice and guidance to applicants and current students who are looking for funding and financial help.

Opportunities for Prospective Students

The following opportunities are available for students joining the Education PhD programme in September 2014;

Opportunities for Prospective Students & Current Students

Support for Current Students

The following sources of financial help are available for current students registered in the academic year 2013/14;

 

University of Bristol Research Scholarships 2014

2014 Scholarship Competition is now closed.  We anticipate that this scholarship will be available again for September 2015 entry with an application deadline date in February 2015.  Please visit this page later in the year for confirmation on these details, the 2014 scholarship information is shown below for reference. 

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law is pleased to be able to offer a number of fully-funded and/or half-funded PhD scholarships to UK and international applicants showing exceptional research potential. Scholarships are renewable for up to 3 years (where offered full-time) subject to satisfactory progress.

Scholarships are available to applicants who have received an unconditional offer of a place on the Education PhD programme. .

Scholarships can be awarded as either a full scholarship (fees plus a maintenance grant) or a partial scholarship (fees plus part of the maintenance grant) but the minimum amount awarded must be no less than 50% of the overall cost (fees plus maintenance grant). Where a maintenance grant is provided, the value of this normally matches the amount recommended by Research Councils UK (RCUK) but may vary depending on the funds available. If you have been nominated for an award by the Graduate School of Education, the Admissions Administrator in that school will be able to confirm what type of award you have been nominated for.

Applying

In order to apply for this scholarships, you must complete an application form for the PhD in Education.  In the funding section of the form, please tick the following box 'University of Bristol Scholarship'.  This will highlight to our Admissions Tutors that you wish to be considered for an award.

The deadlines for applications to be considered for this scholarship for students commencing study in September 2014 is 5pm on Thursday 13 February 2014.  The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law only receives a small amount of funding for scholarships each year and the competition for awards is very high.  Therefore we regret that we cannot consider applications for funding after this deadline. 

Criteria for judging entries to the competition are as follows:

•        Previous experience of the applicant;

•        The quality of the proposal;

•        The originality of the proposal;

•        The content and coherence of the proposal;

•        The Methodology and methods;

•        The applicant’s references.

Successful candidates for the 2014/15 competition will be contacted by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law on 28th March 2014

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ESRC Research Studentships - Education Pathway Award Competition 2014

2014 Scholarship Competition is now closed.  We anticipate that this scholarship will be available again for September 2015 entry with an application deadline date in February 2015.  Please visit this page later in the year for confirmation on these details, the 2014 scholarship information is shown below for reference. 

The Graduate School of Education within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law is now part of the ESRC-accredited South West Doctoral Training Centre (comprising the combined expertise of the universities of Bristol, Exeter and Bath). We offer an Education pathway which provides very high quality research training. Students undertake an exciting and flexible programme of doctoral training including core elements, optional discipline-related or specialised units and advanced training workshops. Being part of the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) allows our students access to research expertise, events and activities run by world-leading Education researchers drawn from across the South West of the UK.

The SWDTC receives a number of studentships from the ESRC each year to award to students on SWDTC pathways at the Universities of Bristol, Bath and Exeter. Students who apply to the University of Bristol will be primarily based in Bristol and will receive their award from the University of Bristol but may take classes or have supervisors at either Bath or Exeter. 

Scholarships are available as either a 1+3 award (a 1 year MSc plus 3 years funding for a PhD) or for those able to provide evidence of having undertaking postgraduate research methods training at an ESRC recognised institution or equivalent,  +3 funding (3 years funding for a PhD only). For entry requirements and application guidance for the +3 award, please see the admisssion statement.  PhD students receive 3 years worth of funded study plus 1 additional unfunded year to write up their thesis (4 years in total). Please note that the ESRC application requirements have changed and now require an element of collaborative working which should be detailed in your research proposal.   (Information on this is given in the admission statement). (Office document, 22kB)

Students wishing to undertake PhD study only (+3 awards) must meet the ESRC criteria in terms of previous Masters level study. An equivalent research Masters is defined as including significant social sciences research design, quantitative and qualitative research methods elements. All applications will be considered on an individual basis. For students who have undertaken a Masters in the UK, the transcript will need to show that approximately a third of your programme entailed research methods elements. For students who have undertaken a Masters outside the UK we will look for appropriate equivalencies. All awards are subject to ratification by the SWDTC Academic Advisory Board, who shall have the authority to reconsider the equivalence of any Masters awards.

This Scholarship is only available to UK and EU students. EU students may apply to any pathway but in order to be eligible for a full scholarship (fees plus a maintenance grant), students must be able to provide evidence that they meet the ESRC's eligibility guidelines and have been settled and resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of their programme, not for the purposes of education. EU students who are not able to provide evidence that they are settled in the UK will be eligible for a fees only award. UK students may apply for a full award for the programme of their choice.

Applying

In order to apply for this scholarship, you must complete an application form for the PhD in Education.  In the funding section of the form, please tick the following box  'UK Research Council'.  This will highlight to our Admissions Tutors that you wish to be considered for an award.  It is important that you show an element of collaborative working in your research proposal (Information on this is given in the admission statement). (Office document, 22kB)

The deadline for complete* applications for this scholarship for students commencing study in September 2014 is 5pm on Thursday 13 February 2014.  The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law only receives a small amount of funding for scholarships each year and the competition for awards is very high.  Therefore we regret that we cannot consider applications for funding after this deadline.

*A complete application requires inclusion of two references (one of which must be an academic reference from your Masters degree if you graduated within the last 5 years), evidence of satisfactory English language having been obtained i.e. an IELTS/TOEFL certificate, a full Research Proposal that details an element of collaborative working and a full Masters transcript.

Your entry into the ESRC Award competition will be judged on the basis of the information provided in your application form, including your proposal and your references. In your application please indicate if you require an award for 1+3 or +3 funding (those requiring +3 funding should provide evidence of having undertaking research methods training at an ESRC recognised institution).

Criteria for judging entries to the competition are as follows:

•        Previous experience of the applicant;

•        The quality of the proposal;

•        The originality of the proposal;

•        The content and coherence of the proposal;

•        The Methodology and methods;

•        The applicant’s references.

Successful candidates for the 2014/15 competition will be contacted by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law on 28th March 2014

 

 

 

Sasakawa Japanese Studies Studentship - 2014 Scholarship Competition is now closed. 

We anticipate that this scholarship will be available again for September 2015 entry with an application deadline date in Spring 2015.  Please visit this page later in the year for confirmation on these details, the 2014 scholarship information is shown below for reference. 

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law is pleased to be able to offer two studentships for UK and international applicants and students showing exceptional research potential.

This studentship is for one year only and is for £10,000. There is unfortunately no guarantee for further funding after the one year studentship.

Eligibility

The Sasakawa Foundation will provide further support to the development of Japanese Studies in the UK. The Foundation welcomes applications in the fields of Science, Medicine and the Environment, the Japanese Language and Japanese Studies as well as projects involving mutual learning in aspects of modern society.

This Studentship award will be considered for applicants who have noted an interest on their application to be considered for this award, applicants must have a research area as detailed above and have received an unconditional offer of a place on the Education PhD programme by the deadlines specified.  This studentship is also available for continuing students on the PhD in Education who have a research area as specified above and apply by the deadlines specified.

Further information on the Sasakawa Foundation, can be found on the following webpage: http://www.gbsf.org.uk/

Applying

For applicants: In order to apply for this scholarship, you must complete an application form for the PhD in Education.  In the funding section of the form, please write  ‘Sasakawa Scholarship'.  This will highlight to our Admissions Tutors that you wish to be considered for an award.

You must have a complete application and unconditional offer of study by 9AM on Friday 14 March 2014 to be considered for this studentship award.  The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law only receives a small amount of funding for scholarships each year and the competition for awards is very high.  Therefore we regret that we cannot consider applications for funding after this deadline.

For current students: If you are a continuing student, you must provide evidence of your progress based on the following:

• Your research proposal and information of work carried out to date and other relevant work experiences.

• Results of research methods training (a marks summary report can be requested from the student services office)

• Upgrade or progression (A copy of your upgrade/progression report will be attached to your application once submitted)

• Supervisors statement supporting your application (students must request this from their supervisors in plenty of time before the deadline). 

The above documents will make up your application for this scholarship.  Your application must be emailed to: ed-phd@bristol.ac.uk  The deadline for applications is 9AM on Friday 14 March 2014.  As competition for awards is very high we regret that we cannot consider applications for funding after this deadline.

Criteria for judging entries to the competition for both applicants and current students are as follows:

•        Previous experience of the applicant;

•        The quality of the proposal;

•        The originality of the proposal;

•        The content and coherence of the proposal;

•        The Methodology and methods;

•        The applicant’s references.

The selection panel will meet on Tuesday 18th March. Successful candidates for the 2014/15 competition will be contacted after the selection panel has met.

 

 

Oz Osborn Memorial Fund

The Oz Osborn Memorial Fund has been established in the memory of Dr Oz Osborn who was a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education from 1989 to 1998 and a Research Fellow in the University of Bristol since 1972.

The aim of the fund is to continue Oz's work with research students by providing financial assistance to full-time overseas (non EU) doctoral students who are in need.

Bursary

Criteria for application

Applications

Trustees

 

 

Support for conference attendance and research study support for 2014/15

A limited annual budget is set aside in the School for contribution towards approved conference funds and study support expenses.

Students wishing to apply for this funding must complete an application form outlining the purpose of the proposed visit. This is a competitive scheme, and applicants presenting papers or playing an active role in conference activities will be given priority in the allocation of available funds.

Fully costed conference details should be provided with each application well in advance of requirements, and receipts will be required.

Awards are typically made three times per year (once a term) depending on funds available. The deadlines for 2014/15 applications are as follows:

14th November 2014

27th February 2015

5th June 2015

Funding from the Research Student Conference Fund is up to £200 for attending a conference and up to £350 for presenting at a conference.

Funding from the Research Student Support Fund is up to £75.

Support for conferences and research is dependant on the availability of resources and cannot be guaranteed.

Application Forms

Application form for Conference Attendance (Office document, 69kB)

Application form for Study Support (Office document, 57kB)

If you have any questions relating to this please e-mail ed-phd@bristol.ac.uk

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