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Jisc Collections Studentship Award

This deadline for this studentship is past - the information here is for information only.

The School of Arts at Birkbeck in conjunction with Jisc Collections offers a three-year research studentship, beginning in 2015, to an outstanding Ph.D. candidate on Theoretical and Economic Approaches to Open Access Publishing.

The Research Studentship Award includes a full fee waiver capped at the value of the full-time Home/EU rate for M.Phil/PhD degrees (currently £3,996), in addition to an annual stipend set at Research Council rates (currently £15,863)

Within the broad subject remit, the topic for primary investigation and methodology is open to the candidate. The studentship is contingent, however, upon a successful co-bid between the College and the candidate to Jisc Collections's call for an independent review into its offsetting mechanisms and the successful candidate will include this in his or her proposal. The project will be supervised by Dr Martin Paul Eve, who will be joining the College next May.

The studentship is open to an exceptional candidate with an interest in political, economic and theoretical approaches to investigating open access publishing. This might include, but is not limited to:

  • Political analyses of “open” movements
  • Studies of open access publishing within the academy
  • Histories of openness and transparency
  • Digital anthropologies of “open” movements
  • Comparative international analyses of the rhetorics of transparency
  • Studies and critiques of the ethics of “open” movements

Mandatory Component

The successful candidate will present a coherent proposal for an investigation that must include the development of an independent evaluation of the offset systems that Jisc Collections has introduced, which are designed to reduce the Total Cost of Publication for UK higher education institutions. This evaluation will be used by Jisc and UK higher education institutions to inform effective implementation of Open Access (OA). It is envisaged that this would form an empirical case-study within the broader intellectual framework.

The investigation of offsetting mechanisms will include the following activities within a broader scholarly project:

  • an evaluation of whether offset systems are an effective tool for reducing the total cost of publication in hybrid journals;
  • if so, an evaluation of which offset systems are most effective in reducing the Total Cost of Publication;
  • an evaluation of which offset systems are most effective in terms of administration for the administrative and academic staff in higher education institution.

In addition the candidate will be expected, with supervisory support, to deliver annual reports on data gathered, the effectiveness (if any) of the systems which Jisc Collections has negotiated in reducing the Total Cost of Publication, and if so on which systems are most effective for UK higher education.

Application Process

Candidates should submit the following documents, under the subject title:

Jisc Collections Application – ‘Applicant Name’

To SoAFA@bbk.ac.uk no later than 5pm, Monday 2nd February 2015.

Candidates are advised to submit as far in advance of this deadline as possible.

  • A full CV
  • A proposal and timetable of no more than 2000 words for the overarching project, including a description of how the mandatory component fits with the broader work
  • A proposal of no more than 2000 words for the mandatory component, including a methodology and timetable
  • A completed application form - please download here

Please note that, once confirmed, the successful applicant will be required to complete an M.Phil/PhD programme application within the School of Arts.

Eligibility

Birkbeck Postgraduate Research Scholarships are open to Home/EU and International students who are applying for a full-time M.Phil/PhD place within the School of Arts, starting in the 2015/16 academic year. Applications from Home/EU students for part-time study will not be considered due to the time frame for completion required by Jisc.

Funding

The Research Studentship Award includes a full fee waiver capped at the value of the full-time Home/EU rate for M.Phil/PhD degrees (currently £3,996), in addition to an annual stipend set at Research Council rates (currently £15,863; pro rata in the case of a part-time award)

Queries

If you have any queries regarding your application please contact SoAFA@bbk.ac.uk.

Timetable

  • 2nd February 2015:                  Applications received
  • 5th February 2015:                   Nominated candidate notified
  • 20th February 2015:                 Joint bid to Jisc Collections submitted
  • 16th March 2015:                     Final decision made to candidate
  • Autumn 2015:                          Project to begin