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A PhD with the White Rose
College of Arts &
Humanities
Caryn Douglas,
WRoCAH Manager
What	
  is	
  
WRoCAH?	
  
How	
  do	
  
you	
  apply	
  
for	
  
funding?	
  
What	
  do	
  
you	
  get?	
  
A mature collaborative
research community
Ranked 1st in AHRC DTP competition
A&H research collaboration
Breadth of researc...
47
49
50
51
21
34
Creative Arts and Media
English and Cultural Studies
Heritage and Material Culture
History
Modern Langua...
What	
  is	
  
WRoCAH?	
  
How	
  do	
  
you	
  apply	
  
for	
  
funding?	
  
What	
  do	
  
you	
  get?	
  
Show me the money…
Either … Fees only award
§  Fees paid for 3 years at UK/EU research rate
OR … Fees plus stipend award
...
3 years with WRoCAH |Being Together |
Learning Together | Thinking Together
Welcome	
  Event	
  
Colloquium	
  1:	
  
What...
Research organisations are expected to provide
an environment where research students have
the opportunity to widen their ...
Structured funding opportunities to extend
students as a cohort and as individuals
Cohort
Development Fund
Whole cohort
ev...
What	
  is	
  
WRoCAH?	
  
How	
  do	
  
you	
  apply	
  
for	
  
funding?	
  
What	
  do	
  
you	
  get?	
  
First, get your place of study at sorted,
THEN apply for funding - TIMELINE
Nov
2016
• Competition opens in November 2016
...
You can see studentship availability via
the WRoCAH website
www.wrocah.ac.uk
AHRC Competition Studentships: read the
guidance notes for applicants
§  Don’t try filling in the
application until you
h...
Your application will be evaluated
against 3 criteria
§  Academic excellence
§  Upward trajectory
§  Contextualised for...
Your application will be evaluated
against 3 criteria
Your project in context of the existing
body of knowledge in this re...
Your application will be evaluated
against 3 criteria
§  Your Fit with your prospective school or
department and its wide...
Tips for success
§  Engage EARLY with your prospective
supervisor
§  Project proposal – 4,000 characters
§  Get feedbac...
“The additional support (both
developmental and
financial) from WRoCAH has
been excellent and really
means I can maximise
...
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2017 WRoCAH AHRC Competition applications (optimized)

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This presentation outlines the process for applying for doctoral studentships through the 2017 WRoCAH AHRC Competition.

54 fully funded places are available at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

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2017 WRoCAH AHRC Competition applications (optimized)

  1. 1. A PhD with the White Rose College of Arts & Humanities Caryn Douglas, WRoCAH Manager
  2. 2. What  is   WRoCAH?   How  do   you  apply   for   funding?   What  do   you  get?  
  3. 3. A mature collaborative research community Ranked 1st in AHRC DTP competition A&H research collaboration Breadth of research capacity Three active cohorts of WRoCAH doctoral researchers £19.2M funding from the AHRC on Scholarships
  4. 4. 47 49 50 51 21 34 Creative Arts and Media English and Cultural Studies Heritage and Material Culture History Modern Languages and Thought 182   29   18   6   16   AHRC  Compe**on   AHRC  CDA/CDP   Networks   AHRC  Project   Wolfson   Other   Who are we? … in numbers Leeds   74  York   98   Sheffield  81  
  5. 5. What  is   WRoCAH?   How  do   you  apply   for   funding?   What  do   you  get?  
  6. 6. Show me the money… Either … Fees only award §  Fees paid for 3 years at UK/EU research rate OR … Fees plus stipend award §  Fees paid for 3 years at UK/EU research rate §  A tax-free maintenance grant (£14,296 in 2016/7) Questions about eligibility should be directed to the relevant Scholarships Office at the University where you want to study. + Membership of WRoCAH Cohort, WRoCAH training programme, and additional funding for training and Research Support (all students)
  7. 7. 3 years with WRoCAH |Being Together | Learning Together | Thinking Together Welcome  Event   Colloquium  1:   What  Now?             Colloquium  2:   Who  With?             Colloquium  3:   What  Next?               WRoCAH  PGR   Conference     ‘PuOng  Your   Training  Plan  to   Work’   Student  Led  Forums   Researcher  Training  Mobility  Fund     (Large  and  Small  Awards)   Wider  Opportunity  |  Bespoke  cohort  training   Y1  October  (month  1)   Y1  October  (month  1)   Y1  November  (month  2)   Throughout   Y1  February   (month  5)   Y2  December   (month  15)   Y3  May     (month  32)   Researcher   Employability   Project           During  Y2   (month  15-­‐24)  
  8. 8. Research organisations are expected to provide an environment where research students have the opportunity to widen their horizons as part of their training. Experiences outside the "home” Research Organisation, for example with other academic collaborators, in non-academic environments or overseas are encouraged where it fits with the individual and scope of the project. These should be well planned to ensure the student gains maximum benefit. RCUK – Statement of Expectations for Postgraduate Training, January 2015 Focus on post-PhD employability
  9. 9. Structured funding opportunities to extend students as a cohort and as individuals Cohort Development Fund Whole cohort events Student Led Forums Collective Training Individual training and research support Training Research Support Researcher Employability Projects Knowledge Exchange
  10. 10. What  is   WRoCAH?   How  do   you  apply   for   funding?   What  do   you  get?  
  11. 11. First, get your place of study at sorted, THEN apply for funding - TIMELINE Nov 2016 • Competition opens in November 2016 • Open competition across the three Universities • Student-led projects + partners where appropriate 1 Feb 2017 • Closing deadline for student applications 3 March 2017 • Students will be informed if they have made the first cut 12 April 2017 • Students who made the first cut will be informed if their applications have been successful
  12. 12. You can see studentship availability via the WRoCAH website www.wrocah.ac.uk
  13. 13. AHRC Competition Studentships: read the guidance notes for applicants §  Don’t try filling in the application until you have read it §  Familiarise yourself with the WRoCAH offer §  Show that you’re familiar with the opportunities available in your application §  Find a current WRoCAH student and talk to them §  Write, rewrite etc.
  14. 14. Your application will be evaluated against 3 criteria §  Academic excellence §  Upward trajectory §  Contextualised for subject area §  Relevant work experience §  Significant non-academic achievements §  Awards, presentations, papers etc §  Progress in initial research for existing students 1. Quality of Applicant Your application will get two independent reviews from academics at the other two Universities
  15. 15. Your application will be evaluated against 3 criteria Your project in context of the existing body of knowledge in this research area §  Your understanding of your research area §  Originality of the contribution to knowledge §  Proposed methodology §  How you communicate in your proposal (to non- specialists) 2. Quality of Project Your independent reviewers may be non-specialists in your area
  16. 16. Your application will be evaluated against 3 criteria §  Your Fit with your prospective school or department and its wider cross-White Rose activities §  Your Training – what training will you need to take your research forward? §  What you will bring to and gain from being part of WRoCAH? 3. Fit with WRoCAH Your application will get two independent reviews from academics at the other two Universities
  17. 17. Tips for success §  Engage EARLY with your prospective supervisor §  Project proposal – 4,000 characters §  Get feedback on your project proposal §  Write for non-specialist academics §  Draft > edit > feedback > edit > redraft §  Spend some serious time on your application – you’re asking for £55K+ CRITICAL DATES: 1 Feb | 3 Mar |12 Apr
  18. 18. “The additional support (both developmental and financial) from WRoCAH has been excellent and really means I can maximise additional training and development opportunities” “WRoCAH’s input has really enhance my PhD experience so far” “WRoCAH have been brilliant at communicating and explaining issues and opportunities” “…the blended support of both WRoCAH and my supervisor/department - both have played complimentary roles in ensuring I felt equipped to progress” “being a WRoCAH student offered me the means to achieve many of the things that I was aspiring to do in my life”

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