ESRC Studentships for September 2013 are available at King’s College London, in the thematic area Language Media & Culture (LMC) (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/school/dtc/research-themes/Theme10.aspx). LMC is part of the King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS-DTC), and it encompasses two broad pathways: • Language, discourse & communication (www.kcl.ac.uk/ldc), covering text & discourse analysis, linguistic ethnography, literacy studies, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, applied, educational, cognitive and corpus linguistics • Media & culture (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/cmci/index.aspx and http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/filmstudies/index.aspx) You can either apply to one or other of these areas, or you can apply with a project that works across them. You should have very good qualifications and a clear research idea, and to apply, there are a number of steps to follow:
1) Identify a potential supervisor, referring to the relevant pathway webpages above.
2) Email the person you have identified, providing detailed information about your background, your qualifications, prior research methods training, and a research proposal. If after a careful look, you are unsure about who to contact, please send the material to ben.rampton at kcl.ac.uk writing ‘ESRC Studentship’ in the Subject.
3) If the person you have contacted encourages you, follow the application procedures outlined at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/esrc.aspx. Check your eligibility very carefully, and confer with your potential supervisor if you’re unclear whether your project qualifies for funding from the ESRC rather than the Arts & Humanities Research Council (see www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/ESRCsubjectguide.pdf )
4) As well as writing your studentship application – the ‘Case for Support’ – you need to apply for an ordinary/non-funded doctoral place through the online admissions portal: https://myapplication.kcl.ac.uk/. You’ll need to include a research proposal in the ordinary application, but do note the difference between this and the Studentship Case for Support. The CfS form asks specific questions and you can’t use more than 2 sides of A4.
5) The closing data for the ESRC Studentship applications is Friday 1 February 2013, 17.00hrs. If you’re encouraged to apply, start working on the forms well before this deadline. You will also need to contact your referees well in advance, to ensure that they have submitted their references by the deadline.
If you need further advice, contact ldc at kcl.ac.uk inserting ‘ESRC Studentships’ in the message subject
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