Postgraduate funding opportunities 2013-14

Science, Technology and Innovation Studies in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh is pleased to announce a number of postgraduate funding opportunities at PhD level.

Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, includes the Science Studies Unit, Innogen, and the Genomics Forum. For specific information on our programmes of study, see http://www.stis.ed.ac.uk/study_stis

Please note: full applications, including a detailed research application that has been worked on with the allocated supervisor and is ready to submit, are expected.

PhD Awards

ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Centre Awards in STS

Covers: Fees (UK/EU) and maintenance grant for three years (+3) or 4 years (1+3)

STIS has been awarded at least two studentships under the ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in the area of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. We invite applications from candidates with a strong first degree or Masters degree.

The deadline for applications (including a full research proposal that has been worked on with the allocated supervisor) is 12th February 2013. However, potential applicants should contact us as soon as possible to discuss their research topic and potential supervision. Information on how to apply for an ESRC award is on the Graduate School website.

ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Centre Awards in Environment, Climate Change & Energy pathway

Covers: Fees (UK/EU) and maintenance grant for three years (+3) or 4 years (1+3)

STIS is able to support candidates for the Environment, Climate Change & Energy pathway of the ESRC DTC awards with a strong first degree or Masters degree. The deadline for applications (including a full research proposal that has been worked on with the allocated supervisor) is 12th February 2013. However, potential applicants should contact us as soon as possible to discuss their research topic and potential supervision. There is further information for candidates on how to apply for an ESRC award on the Graduate School website.

Fire Safety ITSAFE Studentship

Covers: Fees (UK/EU) and maintenance grant for three years (+3)

Applications are invited for a +3-year PhD studentship to investigate a fire safety related topic. This studentship is available as part of the Integrating Social and Technical Aspects of Fire Safety Engineering and Expertise (IT-SAFE) project, which is supported by the University of Edinburgh, The Ove Arup Foundation, and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Potential topics include the following:

A history of fire regulation and disasters
Fire safety and regulatory lock-in: an inter- and intra-national comparative study
Practice and rule-following in the application of building codes for fire safety
Socio-economic factors, household practices, and fire risk
The effect of Homes in Multiple Occupancy (HMO) legislation on fire deaths in the UK
A sociology of fire safety knowledge
Simulation and human factors in evacuation planning
Smart homes, ICTs, and fire safety
Do fire safety regulations impede environmentally-friendly buildings?
The role insurance companies and risk assessment in fire safety practice
Firefighters, architects, and lay/expert knowledge: boundary work, professional interests, and fire safety implementation
What does it mean to be a firefighter?
Users, the ‘responsible person’, and day-to-day ‘enactment’ of building regulations

Potential applicants might be interested in this lecture by former University of Edinburgh Professor, Jose Torero:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIY0litILRA

Informal inquiries and expressions of interest including a short CV can be directed towards Professor Robin Williams or Dr Graham Spinardi.

"Singapore" PhD Studentship

Covers: First year full fees + stipend; Second year contribution towards fees + stipend

The successful candidate will enrol on a joint PhD between the University of Edinburgh and the National University of Singapore (NUS), and will spend one of the three years in NUS working with colleagues in the Science, Technology and Society cluster. The topic area is open, but priority will be given to candidates whose work would benefit from having a co-supervisor in Singapore (for example, as part of the Asian Biopoleis Project on biotechnology and biomedicine as emergent forms of life and practice). The deadline for full online applications on EUCLID is the 12th February 2013 (see here for instructions on how to apply). Please also send an email to Dr Jane Calvert stating that you wish to be considered for this studentship.

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