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SSHP Postgraduate Research Scholarships

  • The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy will award up to six fully funded Postgraduate Research Scholarships in 2016.
  • Applications are particularly encouraged in relation to the following thematic and disciplinary areas: History; Philosophy; Politics; Sociology; 'Communicating Cultures'; Gender Studies; 'Super Diversity';  'Zones of Conflict and Contestation'.
  • Students applying for an MPhil/PhD place in the Department of Psychosocial Studies are eligible to apply for these awards. Cross-departmental and cross-school applications - where the primary supervisor is based within the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy - are also welcomed.
  • The competition is primarily open to NEW Home/EU and International students who are applying for a full-time MPhil/PhD place. Applications for part-time study will also be considered, at an appropriate pro rata rate and extended duration.
  • The scholarship awards will include a fee waiver up to the value of the full-time home/EU rate for MPhil/PhD degrees [£4052 in 2015/6], in addition to an annual stipend set at Research Council rates [£16,057 in 2015/6]; (pro rata in the case of a part-time award).
  • The competition will be decided on the basis of academic merit. Scholarships will be announced in late Spring 2016, to be taken up in the 2016-17 academic year; they will be tenable for up to 3 years (subject to the holder making satisfactory performance, as assessed through the College’s regular structures for reviewing the performance of doctoral students).
  • Please note that in order to apply for a Postgraduate Research Scholarship prospective students must also complete an application for an MPhil/PhD place in Psychosocial Studies, either before or at the same time as applying for funding.
  • The deadline for PGR scholarship applications is MONDAY 18th April, 2016.
  • How to apply
  • Before you apply, you should contact the relevant department(s) for advice on your MPhil/PhD application:
  • Prospective students
  • Once you have applied online for the relevant MPhil/PhD in the normal way (see link above), download the SSHP Postgraduate Research Scholarships Application Form (DOC, 66KB).

Graduate Teaching Assistantship

  • The Department will be recruiting a Graduate Teaching Assistant. This post provides an opportunity to study for a PhD, alongside providing teaching assistance on the Department’s BA Psychosocial Studies and other programmes as required.
  • You should have a Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant social science discipline (Psychosocial Studies, Psychology, Sociology, or a related area) and be proposing a PhD topic that meshes with the research focus of the Department. A good understanding of psychosocial/social theory and/or psychoanalysis, and of empirical research in the social sciences and of qualitative research methods is essential.
  • The post holder will need to be registered as a research student within the Department for the period of employment and the Home/EU registration fees will be waived. (Note that a separate application must be made to the MPhil/PhD programme in order to satisfy this condition
  • Salary: Grade 6 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £31,693 rising to £36,150 pro-rata per annum. Postgraduate tuition fees will also be waived.
  • This post is part-time, 17.5 hours per week (0.5 FTE) and fixed term for 3 years. The salary quoted above will be pro-rata for this part time post and is on the College's London Pay Scale which includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance that applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. The initial salary will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 6 months. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.
  • The closing date for completed applications is midnight on Wednesday 20 April 2016.
  • For further particulars, to download a full information pack, and to apply, please see the full advert on the College's recruitment site.

College-wide Provision

The Department of Psychosocial Studies is an Institutional Founding Sponsor of the Association for Psychosocial Studies, the learned society established in 2014 to promote the development of the field.