Studentships

SIPR PhD Funding Available


*** The scheme for 2020 is now closed ***


SIPR are seeking HEI partners from within the SIPR collaborative agreement, to support PhD studentship funding under two schemes: two match funded, and three partially funded PhDs.

Application are now open and the deadline to submit proposals for funding under both schemes is Monday 18th May 2020.

An application form can be found here.

These calls are open to any academic member of staff based at one of the 14 SIPR member universities (http://www.sipr.ac.uk/about-us/about-us). We encourage interdisciplinary partnerships and proposals can be submitted by a single institution or across member institutions.

This funding is provided for PhDs commencing in autumn 2020.

Studentships sought should be in line with the current strategic research themes of SIPR (http://www.sipr.ac.uk/about-us/aims) which are:

  • Policing & health, safety & wellbeing
  • Technology and Digital Policing
  • Policing system capability & resilience


Scheme 1: Applications for match funded (50/50) SIPR PhD Studentships

 

As part of our ongoing strategic development SIPR has committed to jointly fund (50/50) two full time PhD studentships with collaborating HEI’s. This funding must cover full fees and stipend in line with RCUK rates (https://www.ukri.org/skills/funding-for-research-training/).

 

Criteria

  1. Prior agreement must be confirmed in writing from the host institution that they will provide 50% of the fees and stipend along with the necessary funding and resources for the PhD studentship, including equipment, office space and institutional postgraduate support for the duration of the project.
  2. Proposals will be assessed on their ability to demonstrate their research’s alignment with SIPR’s strategic research themes and policing priorities in Scotland (see The Joint Strategy for Policing 2020 and Strategic Police Priorities for Scotland), as well as the project’s feasibility and the academic contribution and anticipated practical application of findings.
  3. Applications should outline what the expected impact is of this work including plans for dissemination.
  4. Successful studentships should then be openly advertised through the appropriate channels (e.g. Find a PhD). Host institutions will decide on appropriate candidates and be responsible for the selection decisions.
  5. Once successful studentships have been selected, the lead host institution will be required to enter into a funding agreement with SIPR. This agreement will set out the expectations of the host institution and the PhD candidate including advising annual plans, financial and reporting requirements, ethical conduct, and publication. Annual progress plans for each studentship will be sent to the SIPR executive committee.
  6. Students will be expected to acknowledge SIPR support in all reports and any publications resulting from the supported studentship.

 

Selection Processes

Successful Studentship proposals will be selected from a panel. This committee will be composed of members of the SIPR Executive Committee (or a relevant proxy) and will include the SIPR leadership team, a representative from Police Scotland, the Scottish Police Authority and external representation (e.g. from the International Advisory Committee)  where appropriate.

Candidates will be assessed on relevance to SIPR research themes, alignment with policing priorities, project feasibility (including budget and methodology), project’s ability to impact policy and practice, project’s contribution to academia, and dissemination strategy.


Scheme 2: Applications for Studentship Support

(£2,000 contribution per annum for three years)

 

In addition to the joint funding scheme, SIPR is also offering the opportunity for academics to apply for supporting funds of up to £2,000 per annum for three PhD Studentships.

 

Criteria

  1. Prior agreement must be confirmed in writing from the host institution that students applying under scheme two will have full fees and stipend covered by the HEI or other funding body.
  2. Applications will be assessed on their ability to demonstrate their research’s alignment with policing priorities in Scotland (see The Joint Strategy for Policing 2020 and Strategic Police Priorities for Scotland), as well as the project’s feasibility and the practical application of findings.
  3. Applications should outline what the expected impact of their research project is including plans for dissemination.
  4. Applicants should also outline what the annual £2,000 SIPR studentship support funds will be used for. Eligible costs include travel and subsistence (e.g. to extend fieldwork, dissemination), support for innovative dissemination and knowledge exchange.
  5. For successful studentships host institutions will decide on appropriate candidates and be responsible for the selection decisions.
  6. Successful applicants will be required to provide a written plans annually to determine what the funding will be used for and provide annual updates on how the funding was spent.
  7. Annual progress plans for each studentship will be sent to the SIPR executive committee
  8. Any Studentship receiving funds will need to provide a final report of how the funds supported their research activities. Students will be expected to acknowledge SIPR support for such activities in all reports and any publications resulting from the supported studentship.

 

Selection Processes

Successful Studentship proposals will be selected by a panel. This committee will be composed of members of the SIPR Executive Committee (or a relevant proxy) and will include the SIPR leadership team, a representative from Police Scotland, the Scottish Police Authority and external representation (e.g. SIPR International Advisory Committee) where appropriate.

Candidates will be assessed on relevance to SIPR research themes, alignment with policing priorities, project feasibility (including budget and methodology), project’s ability to impact policy and practice, project’s contribution to academia, candidate experience, and dissemination strategy.

 

 

For further details contact:

Monica Boyle – Knowledge Exchange and Business Manager

0131 455 3459

m.boyle@napier.ac.uk