SPaRK is a Horizon2020 funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie doctoral training program that supports interdisciplinary PhD students at Queenâ€™s University Belfast. PhD students funded within Marie Sklodowska-Curie programs have the title of Early Stage Researcher (ESR).
Applications are invited for up to 10 SPaRK PhD Scholarships at Queenâ€™s University Belfast in the UK for January 2018 start. Researchers of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this scholarship program.
SPaRK program is designed to offer a dynamic and innovative model of professional and scientific development at a doctoral level that proactively trains researchers in the skills and competencies necessary to maximize the potential of these 3i partnerships.
Queenâ€™s University will continue to accept the IELTS AcademicÂ (both SELT and non-SELT), and TOEFL Internet-based tests for direct admission to undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs, if taken within the past two years.
Course Level:Â Scholarships are available to pursue PhD programme.
Study Subject:Â SPaRK researchers are based in academic Schools or research institutes across all three of Queenâ€™s Faculties: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS); Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS); and Medicine, Health and Life Sciences (MHLS).
Scholarship Award:Â The SPaRK program offers a generous remuneration package based on a basic per annum salary of Â£21,917.17 with pension or Â£25,576.45 without a pension. For further information on the remuneration package, contact Ms Aveen Lavery, EC Research Finance Manager (a.lavery-at-qub.ac.uk).
Number of Scholarships:Â Up to 10 scholarships are available.
Scholarship can be taken inÂ the UK
The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:
- Early Stage Researchers must be, at the time of recruitment, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and must not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree that would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.
- Researchers can be of any nationality. However, they must comply with the mobility rule as stated in the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions work programme: they â€˜shall not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into accountâ€™.
- The minimum requirement for eligibility for consideration will be equivalent to a UK 2.1 Hons degree/equivalent or Masters Completion. The level of prior qualification required will be entirely consistent with disciplinary norms to ensure there is equal treatment of candidates within cognate disciplinary areas. Normally, admission to a doctoral program in the Humanities will require completion of a Masters degree, whereas candidates for programs in Physical and Life Sciences may be eligible for entry on completion of an undergraduate degree. Please contact the lead supervisor for further information on requirements.
Nationality:Â Researchers of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this scholarship program.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirements: The minimum requirement for eligibility for consideration will be equivalent to a UK 2.1 Hons degree/equivalent or Masters Completion.
English Language Requirements: Universities have the discretion to choose the methods by which they assess the English language competence of students.Â Queenâ€™s University will continue to accept the IELTS AcademicÂ (both SELT and non-SELT), and TOEFL Internet-based tests for direct admission to undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs, if taken within the past two years.Â
Method of Application:Â
Follow the steps to apply:
- Register as an applicant via the Queenâ€™s online application portal.
- Complete all elements of the online application form, noting the following specific advice for the SPaRK program:
- Having completed your personal details in the relevant sections, progress to â€˜My Applicationsâ€™
- Click â€˜New Applicationâ€™ > Postgraduate Research > Continue
- Under â€˜Select Courseâ€™, click on the School of your lead supervisor, followed by Subject Area, then Doctor of Philosophy > Continue
- Under â€˜Postgraduate Research Applicationâ€™, add the title of the project for which you are applying (as listed in the tables of projects available for 2017-18 entry above) in the Title box
- Add the name of the lead supervisor as listed on the project description
- Under â€˜Additional Informationâ€™, please type â€˜SParKâ€™ in the text box as well as confirmation that you have discussed your application with one of the project supervisors
- Use the â€˜Upload Documentâ€™ function to submitÂ a single file including: a letter outlining your motivation for applying for the programme and relevant experience (max. 2 pages of A4 with min. font size of 11pt) and a provisional research plan (max. 1 page of A4 with min. font size of 11pt). This document should also confirm the applicantâ€™s compliance with the mobility rule that is a key criterion for assessing eligibility.
- Provide details of two referees.
- Under â€˜Fundingâ€™, click â€˜Yes, I wish to be considered for fundingâ€™ > Save and continue
- Under â€˜Applying for Fundingâ€™, click on â€˜I wish to be considered for any funding administered by Queenâ€™s University Belfastâ€™ (make sure you have typed â€˜SPaRKâ€™ within the additional information box â€“ point 6 above)
- Complete the remaining questions as indicated.
- Submit a 3-minute video in which you set out yourÂ suitability for a program aimed at developing future leadersÂ to the following email address by the deadline of 11 August 2017:Â sparkproject-at-qub.ac.uk
- Demonstrate your creativity in approaching this part of the application. You might, for example, wish to talk about your leadership experience or a specific example thereof, your motivation for undertaking a program which seeks to develop leadership skills and capacity, your philosophy of leadership, your vision of what a true leader, whether real or hypothetical, does. The most important criterion is to demonstrate a (self-)reflective response to the concept of leadership.
Scholarship Application Deadline:Â August 11, 2017.
For more info, visitÂ Scholarship Link