Applying for a PhD @ Edinburgh – Funding – Frequently Asked Questions

UNIVERSITYOn the 5th and 10th of November 2014 the IAD hosted an on-campus and an online panel discussions for Taught Masters students.  This gave taught masters students the opportunity to ask staff questions about the PhD application process at the University of Edinburgh.

Representatives from Admissions, EUSA, International Office and the Scholarship Office were there to answer questions and give advice to students.

Over the next couple of weeks, this blog will be addressing discussions raised during these panel sessions.

Examples of questions raised included:

  • Which scholarships are available to UK students in order to study in the EU?
  • Should I apply for funding from UK institutions, EU institutions or a combination?
  • Is the research proposal necessary to begin the procedure for funding next year?
  • How competitive is it applying for funding?

There are various PhD funding opportunities available, so it is important to spend time fully investigating these, including any small print.

Below is a list of some of the funding opportunity links with deadlines starting from November 2014 until early April 2015.  These are all prestigious PhD programmes with skills training and work experience features. Some are available to international students too.

General Links

Other funding deadlines

Workshop: Exam skills for postgraduate students – 26 Nov 2014

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(PGT) Strategies and Tips – How to have effective exams – lunchtime session

  •  Wednesday 26th November 2014 at 12:30-13:30 (GMT)

This short lunchtime session is suitable for any taught postgraduate student who wants quick tips to improve their revision and exam technique.

The answers to the pre-course work question will form the basis of the discussion of issues surrounding exams. This could include, but not limited to, revision strategies, how to cope with stress and exam technique. We will then look at practical strategies and tips for dealing with the issues raised.

For more information and to book a place, please visit:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop: Mastering networking for postgraduate students – 26 November 2014

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(PGT) Mastering Networking: Preparatory session for students attending mixer events

  • Wednesday 26th November 2014 at 09:30-12:30 (GMT)

Great networking takes preparation and practice. This workshop will focus on practical strategies for good networking and help you prepare for mixer events. You will also have an opportunity to interact with your peers and practice your networking techniques in this workshop.

To find out more and to book a place, please click here.

Workshop: Writing skills for online distance learners – 26 Nov 2014

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(PGT – ODL) Getting Started with Your Scientific Writing- Who’s Afraid of the Big Blank Page

  • Wednesday 26th November 2014 at 19:00-20:00 (GMT)

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). 

If you find writing a challenge, you are not alone. There are a number of difficulties, but many writers find that their biggest problem is simply getting started.

This online session will focus on strategies we can use to help us get over that fear of the big blank page.  We will look at freewriting and how this can help us generate text and also help us think on paper. By the end of this one hour interactive online session you will have a better understanding of what free writing is and how it can help you in your scientific writing and thinking.

For more information and to book a place, please click here.

Workshop: Effective exam skills for postgraduate students – 26 Nov 2014

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(PGT) Exams! How to (potentially) have better ones

  • Wednesday  26th November 2014 at 12:30-13:30 (GMT)

This short lunchtime session is suitable for any taught postgraduate student who wants quick tips to improve their revision and exam technique.

As a discussion based workshop, this session will include, but not limited to, revision strategies, how to cope with stress and exam technique. We will then look at practical strategies and tips for dealing with the issues raised.

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the following link:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop: Effective writing for postgraduate students – 17 Nov 2014

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(PGT) Effective Writing: Grammar

  • Monday 17th November 2014 at 13:30 – 16:30 (GMT)

This course aims to show how a well-crafted sentence is put together and to give an understanding of the underlying grammatical rules.

We will be dealing with such problems as tense, sentence length, sentence structure, joining sentences and punctuation, with a view to producing clear, unambiguous and readable academic writing.

To find out more and to book a place, please click here.

 

Workshop: Finding Academic Literature – 12 Nov 2014

book(PGT – CSE) Finding Academic Literature

  • Wednesday 12th November 2014 at 12:15 – 13:45 (GMT)

This session is designed for Science and Engineering Taught Masters students. This practical session with Academic Support Librarians is designed to give students tips and advice in finding relevant academic literature for essays, reports, literature reviews, dissertations etc.

To find out more and to book a place, please click here.

If you are unable to attend the session but would like advice on finding academic literature, please get in touch with your Academic Support Librarian directly – http://www.ed.ac.uk/is/academic-support-librarians-a-z

Workshop: Critical study skills for postgraduate students – 12 Nov 2014

calendar(PGT) Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking)

  • Wednesday 12th November 2014 at 9:30-12:30 (GMT)

‘Critical’ is a word that is frequently used in academic discourse. Students are advised to think, read and write ‘critically’. But what does ‘critical’ actually mean in an academic context? In this workshop we identify qualities that are core to a critical engagement with academic work, and we explore through examples how you can apply critical values to your reading, writing and academic practice.

This event is open to all Taught Masters students at the University of Edinburgh. To find out more and to book a place, please click here.

PGT Newsletter – November 2014

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (November 2014) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

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  • All study skills and writing workshops available in November 2014
  • Panel discussions for students who are thinking applying for a PhD
  • Making the Most of Masters workshop
  • Managing Your Digital Footprint campaign – www.ed.ac.uk/iad/digitalfootprint
  • Other resources on assignments, writing and exams

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What You Need to Know – applying for a PhD @ Edinburgh

calendarOn the 5th and 6th of November the IAD is hosting a panel discussion for Science and Engineering & Medicine and Veterinary Medicine  and Humanities and Social Sciences Taught Masters students who are considering applying for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh.

Students will have the opportunity to ask staff questions about the PhD application process at the University of Edinburgh via a panel discussion. There will be representatives from Registry, Admissions, IAD, EUSA, International Office and the Scholarship Office.

For more information and booking, please use the links below.

(PGT – HSS) What You Need to Know – applying for a PhD @ Edinburgh

  • Wednesday 5th November 2014
  • 13:00-14:30
  • IAD, Lecture Theatre 3, 7 Bristo Square (Central)

Booking Link: https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=11783

(PGT – CSE/MVM) What You Need to Know – applying for a PhD @ Edinburgh

  • Thursday 6th November 2014
  • 11:00-12:30
  • Room 7.15, Michael Swann Building (KB)

Booking Link: https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=11784