Applications invited for ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Centre studentship competition 2016

Posted on behalf of Hazel Hall.

The Information Science Pathway of the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (SGSSS-DTC) is currently inviting applications for this year’s studentship competition.

Academic staff at each of the pathway member institutions – including those within the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University – would be pleased to hear from eligible candidates who would like to apply for a PhD place under this scheme. Applications are due for submission to the SGSSS-DTC by Wednesday 17th February (explained below). However, initial contact regarding this opportunity must be made by Monday 11th January 2016.

Applicant interests should align with the focus of the Information Science pathway research. This places emphasis on the relationship between the use of information and societal development within the broader context of the ESRC SGSSS-DTC. The key areas of interests of the Information Science pathway are:

  • The social and economic impact of information
  • The legal and regulatory context for the collection and use of information
  • The technologies for the management of information
  • Information policy and strategy
  • Information behaviour and use
  • Library and information management

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a good first degree (first class or 2.1).
  2. Hold a Masters degree in a social science subject that includes significant coverage of qualitative and quantitative research methods (at least 60 credits of appropriate research methods training), or be on target to complete such a Masters degree before the start of the academic year 2016/17.
  3. Be a United Kingdom citizen, or be a resident of another European Union country.
  4. Submit a research proposal that aligns with the key areas of interest of (a) the Information Science Pathway, and (b) the institution to which the application is being made.

Further details on these requirements can be found on the eligibility page of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science web site.

The pathway partner institutions would be particularly interested in hearing from applicants who hold (or who are working towards) Masters degrees in subjects such as Information Science; Information Management; Information Studies; Information Systems; Knowledge Management; Records Management; and Science, Technology and Innovation Studies.

If you are interested in making an application for a studentship under this scheme at Edinburgh Napier University, you should make initial contact with me (Professor Hazel Hall– by Monday 11th January 2016 (or preferably sooner) to check your eligibility to apply. We will then arrange a telephone or Skype call to discuss research proposal ideas, and potential supervision arrangements at Edinburgh Napier. (Possible supervisors include my immediate colleagues in the Centre for Social Informatics such as Dr Laura MuirDr Colin SmithDr Gemma Webster and Peter Cruickshank.) This conversation will also provide an opportunity to discuss in further detail the application process.

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