Deadline: February 24, 2012
Up to four scholarships annually are available to full-time UCL MPhil/PhD and EngD students from any country wishing to spend an additional year of their MPhil/PhD or EngD in another UCL department acquiring research skills and knowledge from a different discipline, which can be applied in their normal area of research. Training should be of one year’s duration to permit sustained exposure to the new discipline.
The scholarships can be taken at any point during the MPhil/PhD or EngD programme.
Applicants must be:
* in receipt of the offer of admission to or currently registered at UCL for full-time MPhil/PhD or EngD research, and;
* in receipt of three years funding for their normal MPhil/PhD or EngD programme.
* Where the student is in receipt of a scholarship or funding e.g. from a Research Council, written permission for the arrangement must be sought from the relevant body.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and research potential. Financial circumstances are not taken into account.
Value: Benefits and Duration
The scholarships consist of fees equivalent to the applicable graduate rate (UK/EU or overseas) plus a maintenance stipend of £15,590 (2011/12) or – in the case of recipients who already hold a Research Council grant – one that will match their current maintenance grant. The scholarship also includes additional research costs at a level up to £1,000 per year for the stated duration of the programme.
The Cross-Disciplinary Scholarships are tenable for one calendar year of full-time study in the host department.
Application Procedure and Deadline
Applications must be made by the Head of the student’s home department;
Applications should include all the following six documents:
1. A training proposal outline, indicating:
i. the student’s full name
ii. the PhD/EngD project and subject area
iii. the host department
iv. the benefit to the student from sustained training in the area outside his/her principal discipline
v. the student’s abilities, and likelihood of completing the course in due time
The department must be satisfied that the student is sufficiently qualified to benefit from the training.
2.Detailed description of the training programme;
The training programme should be designed for the particular student, and will normally involve some course work (undergraduate or postgraduate). The training programme should provide the student with more than just a specific research tool (such as knowledge of a particular research technique, or a language); the aim should be broader, namely to immerse the student in the methods, approaches and ways of thinking of another discipline.
3. Student’s full Curriculum Vitae (CV);
4. One-page outline of the PhD/EngD research project;
5. Evidence of three year’s PhD/EngD funding;
6. A letter signed by the heads of both the home and host departments certifying:
i. that the host department has agreed to accept the student for the training programme specified and to allow the student full access to all relevant courses, tutorials, equipment and facilities
The student should be supervised within the host department with arrangements for reporting across to the student’s primary supervisor in the home department.
ii. that the relevant Research Council (where appropriate) has agreed the proposal
Where the student is in receipt of funding for the MPhil/PhD or EngD, e.g. from a Research Council, written permission for the arrangement from the relevant body must be provided.
iii. that the necessary financial arrangements between the two departments have been agreed
Financial arrangements must be made to ensure that the allocation of resources from College to the host and home departments reflects the proportionate responsibilities of each.
Complete applications must be submitted by 24 February 2012 before the start of the relevant academic session. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.
Applications should be sent to:
UCL Student Funding
University College London
London WC1E 6BT