Starting Your PhD: What You Need To Know – Free e-book!

This concise e-book answers all the key questions people ask when they’re considering, or beginning, doctoral study. Presented in an accessible question-and-answer format, and packed with facts, it is easy to read and to find your way around. Whether you’ve recently started your doctoral study, you’re still wondering whether doctoral study is for you, or you are supporting someone else through the process, this book will help. It is full of useful information and guidance for the early stages of this exciting new adventure.

You don’t need an e-reader to read it, anyone can download free software e.g. the Kindle app onto a laptop, tablet or phone, and then download the e-book via one of the following links:









Report on Postdoctoral Funding Schemes in Europe

Science Europe’s Report on Postdoctoral Funding Schemes in Europe was prepared by the Science Europe Working Group on Research Careers. The document is a survey report mapping 104 support opportunities available for postdoctoral researchers (postdocs) in order to improve understanding of what funders do to promote researchers’ careers after the completion of their PhD, and to learn whether existing funding schemes can be improved in terms of career development:




PhD By Published Work Workshop

Thursday 20th October, Cadman Conference Room, 1-3 p.m.

The PhD by Published Work Workshop is an alternate route to a research degree for people who already have a research career. This workshop will be an introduction to the principles and procedures, and will be of interest to anyone thinking this route might be for them, or know of a research colleague whom the route might benefit. Note also that the PhD by Published work regulations here at the University are scheduled to be reviewed, so we welcome attendees who have experience in this area, and can thus give us feedback that aides the crafting of the new set of regulations.

Please book on Iris if you intend to attend (under events/training) or email or simply drop in on the day.

Webinar on researchers and how they cope with caring responsibilities

Are you juggling your degree, PhD or Masters with caring responsibilities? Join us for this discussion-based webinar to find out how others manage their time and commitments to get the most out of their university experience. This webinar is offered by De Montfort University. Please use the link below to access the session. The link will become live from 12.15 on the 13th of October, as a guest, you will not need to book a place. Headphones, or speakers are required to make the most of your experience. Please contact

Date: Thursday, 13th October 2016

Time: 13:00

CFP Social Inequality

Social inequalities and social research Social inequalities are a central issue for the social sciences. We are all located within a structure of unequal relations of power, status and economic resources with lasting consequences, and our choices and opportunities are enabled or constrained by these unequal relations. Social science is concerned with the lived experiences of these inequalities, how they reproduce, and how they persist and endure. Once only understood as an issue of economics and politics, the understanding of social inequalities has now expanded to include symbolic representations of cultural difference.

We invite doctoral and early career researchers to submit abstracts concerned with social inequalities. We welcome abstracts on empirical and theoretical research on social inequalities, which could be based on, but not limited to, the following broad themes:

  • Social class
  • Gender
  • ‘Race’, ethnicity, and the nation
  • Disability
  • Sexuality
  • Age and the life course
  • Education
  • Health
  • Place and space
  • Global inequalities
  • Intersections of inequality

This is a one day event, costing £10, to be held on Saturday, 25th February 2017. We welcome abstracts of 250-350 words in length for presentations of 15 minutes, to be submitted to by 25th October 2016. We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,

The Enquire Conference Team

Twitter: @enquirenottm


IEEE workshops

Research students may be interested in a couple of talks arranged with IEEE.  They are:

Tuesday 27 September. Ashley LT001  IEEExplore: what’s new, tips and tricks session 2.30-3.30

Tuesday 27 September. Ashley LT001  Publishing with IEEE 3.30-4.30

Booking is through Eventbrite:

  1. IEEEXplore – Whats New Tips and tricks –
  2. Publishing with IEEE –

The Publishing talk covers the process from submission to acceptance and Open Access publishing so may be of interest to a wider audience of research students.

How to write a successful research funding proposal

Wednesday 21st September, 10-12, Cadman Conference Room

The Research Funding workshop will be an opportunity to network with fellow PHD students as well as having the opportunity to hear about how you can maximise your chances of success when applying for research funds. Staffordshire University is launching a new strategy for Research, including three distinct Research Institutes that will be supporting multi -disciplinary bidding and opportunities to collaborate and work with colleagues on the next REF 2021 submission. This 2 hour workshop will provide the following:

  • How to improve your chances of success in research applications;
  • Case studies of best practice from Staffs University;
  • Update on the new University research structures;
  • Networking.

Pre-booking is advisable (via ) but feel free to just turn up on the day

British Academy Mid-Career Fellowships – Funding Call

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The British Academy is inviting applications from established scholars employed in a UK institution, and within fifteen years of the award of their doctorate, to apply for the British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship scheme.

Applications for the Outline Stage of this scheme must be submitted via e-GAP, accessible at

Intending applicants need to register themselves in the system, if not already registered, and should access full details by following the links to ‘funding schemes’ from the personal welcome page, and then the link to the Mid-Career Fellowships Outline Stage –  MCF Outline 2016-17.

The Academy intends, through this scheme, to support outstanding individual researchers with excellent research proposals, and to promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences.

Closing date: Wednesday 14 September 2016 (UK time)
Results: before 24 December 2016
Earliest Start Date for Research: 1 September 2017

Fnd out more about this call, eligibility and how to apply at:


Research Funding & Placement Opportunities

Newton-Bhabha PhD placements programme

British Council, GB

This programme enables UK and Indian PhD students to spend between two and four months in Indian and UK higher education or research institutions. Indian scholars will receive a monthly stipend of £1,300 to cover meals, accommodation and domestic travel, whereas UK scholars may receive a monthly stipend of INR25,000.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 16 Aug 16

Henrietta Hutton research grants

Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), GB

These supports students who intend to undertake field research overseas as an individual or as part of a multidisciplinary team. Two grants, worth £500 each, are available.

Maximum award: £500

Closing date: 18 Jan 17 (recurring)

Monica Cole research grant

Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), GB

This supports a researcher undertaking original fieldwork overseas in geography. The grant is worth £1,000.

Maximum award: £1,000

Closing date: 18 Jan 17 (recurring)

Small research grants

Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), GB

These support individual researcher’s desk or field-based research in medical, cultural, social or general geography. Awards are worth between £250 and £3,000 and they may be used for travel, maintenance, data collection and temporary research assistance.

Maximum award: £3,000

Closing date: 18 Jan 17 (recurring)

For further informtion about any of these please contact Holly Hoar, Development Officer, Research Business and Employability Services, Direct Line: 01785 353774 email: