Funding for PhD students & their supervisors to spend up to a year in China

Grants are being offered by the British Council to sponsor PhD students and their supervisors from the UK to spend a period of research of between three and 12 months (for PhD students) and up to three months (for supervisors) at higher education institutions in China. Placements must start between January and December 2016.

Eligibility:
UK PhD applicants should be UK passport holders. Candidates of other nationalities must hold passports from countries that have diplomatic relations with China.

UK students should plan to undertake PhD placements in China within the following fields:

  • Health and life sciences
  • Environmental technologies
  • Food and water security
  • Energy
  • Urbanisation
  • Education
  • Creative economy for economic development and social welfare

To apply:
Deadline for applications is 10th October 2015. Please see the PhD Placements and Supervisor Mobility Grants China – UK programme page and download the guidelines for detailed scheme information and application details.

For more information about funded study abroad opportunities for King’s students, check out the Study Abroad web pages.

Research Council Policy Internships

Research Council policy internships provide an opportunity for Research Council funded PhD students to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.

The Research Councils organise internships for current Research Council-funded PhD students to work at partner host organisations on a policy topic relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce a briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event.

Internships are awarded to both parliamentary and non-parliamentary organisations.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found at the following link – http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/skills/policyinternships/

Next application deadline: 16:00 BST 28th August 2015

PGR Take Time Out

taketimeoutsquareOn 23rd July 2015, the Graduate School, together with King’s Sport, invites you to ‘Take Time Out’ at Honor Oak Park Sports Ground to promote the importance of health & wellbeing among the PGR community.

The event is open to all research students, their supervisors, and postdoctoral staff. Whether staff or student, there are tangible benefits for all of us to adopt life choices that make us fitter, healthier, happier and better equipped to undertake our research and studies successfully.

The afternoon will be an opportunity for students, supervisors and their colleagues to Take Time Out from their research and sample some of the informal sports and activities run by the King’s BeActive programme.

  • Get moving with sports like five-a-side football, touch rugby, table tennis and volleyball
  • Relax with a yoga class or physio/massage sessions
  • Have fun and challenge your friends (or supervisor) to a round of mini golf, the coconut shy, sports day races, and even a gladiator duel!

A BBQ will be serving up food during the afternoon and the bar in the club house will be open for drinks.

It’s going to be a fun, social afternoon where you can try out different sports or just hang out in the sunshine (fingers crossed!) and meet other doctoral students and staff from around the university.

You can register for the event now via the Eventbrite page. This isn’t compulsory, but will give us an indication of how many people to cater for.

We look forward to seeing you there!

King’s Widening Participation Department needs you!

Widening Participation are seeking current King’s PhD students who would be interested in supervising an academic piece of work, produced by A-level pupils. They will provide full support and a payment of £150 per student completing an assignment with your support. This is a great way to use your experience of university to help pupils in understanding and developing the skills necessary to be successful at a competitive university. In addition, this offers you an opportunity to work with young people and gain experience of supervising, marking and providing feedback on academic work close to undergraduate level.

Tutors will be paid a flat rate of £150 per student. This will be staggered in 2 payments one at mid-submission, one at completion. Tutors will be expected to mentor at least two students, however this will vary based on the subjects the students choose.

This role requires you to be available in London for around 10 hours between July and September 2015 to meet with and provide feedback to your tutees.

Please note: If you are a non EU resident you must have an in date Working Visa in your passport OR an in date Biometric Working Visa.

You must be available for the following dates:

  • Tutor Training: 10th June
  • Meet your mentor evening: 9th July

Please click here to access the job description and person specification and an application form can be found here.

  • Completed application forms must be returned Friday 8th May
  • Interviews will be held on Wednesday 20th of May

If you have any queries please contact Anne-Marie Henderson in the Widening Participation Department: anne-marie.henderson@kcl.ac.uk or 020 7848 3948

King’s Research Consultancy

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The King’s Research Consultancy is a new programme offering PhD (post-upgrade) or post-doctoral researchers the opportunity to consult on a specific research project within a King’s department or external organisation.

  • Gain advanced levels of work-based experiential learning and build on research, analytical and project management skills.
  • Have access to pre-consultancy training and support from King’s Careers & Employability, if required. Please see below for further details.
  • Be given the opportunity to apply your PhD subject knowledge to a commercial project, impacting significantly and tangibly on organisational or departmental outcomes.

If you are interested in the programme but unsure as to whether you have the skills for consultancy work, please book onto the Preparing for King’s Research Consultancy Projects  workshop on Tuesday 27 January 2015. The session will be held from 10:00 – 15:00 at Waterloo campus, James Clerk Maxwell Building B.16, and will cover:

  • Preparing your CV
  • Project management
  • Beginning a consultancy project
  • Dealing with client issues
  • Time management
  • Presenting your conclusions

To book a place at the workshop, please email katie.black@kcl.ac.uk. There are only 30 places available and you must have achieved at least post-upgrade status in your PhD to attend.

Further details and eligibility criteria can be found on the Intranet

Borders without boundaries: a weekend with the Canadian Society of Medievalists

A guest post by Hana Videen, Department of English

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In May I attended the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Medievalists. I received a Graduate School Conference Fund Grant to help with travel expenses. This year the conference was held at Brock University in St Catherines, Ontario.

The CSM meeting was part of the Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, a week-long event that includes over 70 scholarly associations. Unlike academic conferences I had attended in the past, this Congress had scholars from diverse disciplines meeting on the same campus throughout the week, societies for medievalists, practical ethics, game studies, food studies, geographers, etc.

Brock UniversityThis meant that while the Congress had around 8,000 attendees over the course of the week, the conference I attended was actually quite small. There were only two sessions occurring concurrently at any given time, sometimes only one plenary session, and over the three days I was there, I had the opportunity to hear the work of and/or speak to the majority of the attendees, quite different from my experiences at other conferences. At first I was disappointed that there wouldn’t be more Anglo-Saxonists to talk to at CSM. However, my attitude changed, particularly after arriving at the conference and starting to attend panels on topics in which I would have had little interest if there had been a coinciding session on Old English poetry. I heard a fascinating lecture on the Romanesque fabric of Durham Cathedral and learned about the proto-flying buttress, a flying buttress ‘not quite out of the nest’. I heard papers like ‘Chaucer and film culture in pre-WWII America’, ‘The use of gems in the spells of the Picatrix’ and ‘Permeable boundaries between Christian and pagan enemies in the Baltic crusades’.

The theme for Congress 2014, ‘Borders without Boundaries’, ended up being particularly relevant to me, and a good reminder while writing up my very specialised research on what will seem to most as an ‘esoteric’ topic that there are, in fact, many borders still to be crossed within Medieval Studies as well as the vast scope of humanities research as a whole.

Based on an original post here: http://beoshewulf.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/borders-without-boundaries-a-weekend-with-the-canadian-society-of-medievalists/

NERC, BBSRC, and AHRC 3 Month Policy Internships

These internships provide an opportunity to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.

NERC, in collaboration with the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), organise internship placements for current NERC, BBSRC and AHRC funded PhD students to work in one of eight host organisations on a policy topic relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce a briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event. Internships are awarded to both parliamentary and non-parliamentary organisations. Further information and details of how to apply can be found at the following link – http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/postgrad/advanced/policy-interns/

NERC, BBSRC and AHRC-funded PhD students who are interested in the scheme should apply by the deadline of 16:00 on 18 August 2014.

Fully-funded places offered for the Cumberland Lodge Conference, Windsor

‘Life beyond the PhD': an interdisciplinary residential conference at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor 26-29 August 2014

Cumberland Lodge

Cumberland Lodge, which is an educational charity, is organising a residential conference to give postgraduates and post docs from all disciplines an opportunity to exchange ideas, practices, experiences and aspirations. All participants will be expected to give a 10 minute presentation on their research pitched at non-specialists.

This conference offers postgraduate students and post docs the opportunity to explain to peers from other disciplines why their research matters, while also hearing from leading figures in academia and outside explain how research has changed their lives.

The Graduate School is able to fully-fund two places for PhD students and two places for Post Docs at this conference. If you are interested in attending, please send in a brief justification (200 words maximum) for your proposed attendance to the Director of the Graduate School, by email at vaughan.robinson@kcl.ac.uk, with the subject title ‘Cumberland Lodge’, by the deadline of 5pm on 23 MAY 2014. The justification should explain how you think you would benefit from attending the conference and presenting a paper.

98% of attendees at previous conferences were either satisfied or very satisfied and 98% would recommend the event.

Further details of the event, which takes place in a beautiful residential conference centre within Windsor Great Park, can be found at www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk

The conference fee covers all accommodation (in shared rooms) and the Graduate School will also cover reasonable travel expenses from London on presentation of receipts after the event.