NERC Postgraduate and Professional Skills Development Courses for 2013/2014

NERC is pleased to announce that the new e-brochure for the Postgraduate and Professional Skills Development Courses 2013/2014 is now available to download from our website: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/postgrad/schemes/ppsda.asp. This includes full details of the courses and information on how to apply.

The courses are aimed at PhD students and early career researchers in environmental sciences. They cover a wide range of topics including statistics, modelling, bioinformatics, taxonomy and fieldwork techniques.

Funded places are available and will be allocated to NERC-funded PhD students and early career researchers as a priority. However, if sufficient places are available, other individuals may be eligible to attend.

AHRC & ESRC International Placement Scheme Showcases

The AHRC and ESRC invite you to a showcase of funded fellowship opportunities for PhD students and early career researchers, through our International Placement Scheme (IPS), at these world-leading international research institutions:

IPS fellowships run for two to six months and include: a travel and living stipend; unparalleled access to collections, facilities, curators and other scholars; and opportunities to present work, network and forge international contacts.

The showcases will include: presentations from past IPS fellows; AHRC staff will advise on eligibility for the scheme and give application guidance; All speakers and IPS alumni will be available at the networking lunch to discuss the scheme.

The IPS is open to early career researchers, research assistants and AHRC/ESRC*-funded PhD students.  The events are primarily aimed at eligible candidates, but relevant RO staff such as BGP/DTP Coordinators, Heads of School/Department, Research Managers, PhD Supervisors and AHRC/ESRC-funded Principal Investigators with project students/RA’s would also be welcome.

The London showcase takes place on Friday 15th November 2013, 11.00-14.00 at University of Westminster, Regent Street, London

Exact location details and an agenda will be emailed to delegates upon registration.

Please register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AHRC-IPS-Showcases-2013. For more information please see the IPS webpages.

*ESRC-funded PhD students may only apply to the Library of Congress.

Partnership Grants for Research Visits 2013-14

Partnership Grant will once again be available during the 2013-14 academic year and offer opportunities for PhD and postdoctoral researchers to undertake a short period of research or work on a particular project that helps sustain and develop partnerships with the international universities that are Strategic Partners of the College. The level of funding that will be awarded is designed to cover travel costs and make a contribution toward subsistence at the partner institution. It is anticipated that no award will be for more than £2,000.

For information on how to apply, what money is available and to find out if you are eligible for the Partnership Grant, visit www.kcl.ac.uk/study/abroad/discover/money/partnergrant.aspx

For further information on the Strategic Partners, visit www.kcl.ac.uk/aboutkings/worldwide/partners/index.aspx

Applications can be submitted throughout the year and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. The remaining 2014 deadlines are now confirmed as 1st April, 1st July and 7th October.

How to get your Graduate School sponsored place at this year’s NatureJobs Careers Expo

As we mentioned in our post on the 22nd of August the Graduate School will be sponsoring 60 places worth £50 for King’s research staff and PhD students to attend the NatureJobs Career Expo for FREE! The event takes place on Thursday, 19th September 2013 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.

In order to be eligible for one of the sponsored conference tickets, you must attend the NatureJobs Careers Expo Preparation Webinar – see below for full details, including how to register.  The webinar will cover a range of topics, including details of how to get one of the sponsored tickets.  Sponsored tickets are strictly limited to 60 and will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis to those researchers who have viewed the webinar and followed the simple registration procedure described.

Participation in the NJCE preparation webinar is a condition of receiving a sponsored ticket.

The Graduate School has organised a preparation webinar on Tuesday, 10th September, 10:00 – 11:00 am for King’s researchers who would like to attend the NatureJobs Careers Expo, with advice on how to get the most out of the Careers Expo, including:

  • Getting the best from the exhibition – how best to present yourself to potential employers and how to prepare your CV.
  • Getting the best from the conference – how the conference works and choosing your sessions wisely.
  • Getting a sponsored ticket for the conference – details of how to get one of the 60 sponsored tickets.

Speakers include Kate Murray, Careers Adviser for postgraduate research students and research staff at KCL and Peter Crook from NatureJobs.

To register for the webinar please go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1647962674164681984  Webinar ID: 153-641-323

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please note that you will need to be able to hear the webinar using speakers or headphones, you will not be able to speak so you will not need a microphone/ telephone.  You will be able to interact with the speakers and ask questions by typing your questions/ comments using the messaging feature.

If you are unable to attend at this time, a recorded version of the webinar will be available to view on KEATS. The recording will be available after the webinar has been run and will be accessible through KEATS on the following page: http://keats.kcl.ac.uk/mod/page/view.php?id=502632

If you are unable to get one of the sponsored tickets, any King’s researcher can use the discount code “KCL131D” when prompted during the registration process to get your tickets for £40 instead of £50: http://www.nature.com/natureconferences/njce2013/registration.html

Sponsored places for the upcoming NatureJobs Career Expo

NatureJobs Career Expo, Thursday, 19th September 2013, Business Design Centre, London

Advance notice that the King’s Graduate School will be sponsoring 60 places for King’s research staff and PhD students to attend the conference for FREE. And, in case you don’t get one of the sponsored places, we have arranged with NatureJobs to hold the discounted early bird rate for King’s researchers to attend the conference for £40 rather than £50.

Full details of how to register for the sponsored tickets and the discounted tickets will follow in September.  In the meantime, please mark the date in your diaries.  Please DO NOT register for the conference on the NatureJobs website yet, as NatureJobs will not be able to refund your place.

About the Expo:

Now in its seventh year, the Naturejobs Career Expo is the UK’s largest career fair and conference for the scientific community.  The Expo promotes global career opportunities in science, be it in industrial research, research organisations or academia. It presents the best opportunities from the best organisations: public, private, national and international.  Jobseekers can meet with potential employers offering hundreds of genuine vacancies. The conference plenary and workshop sessions will provide a unique opportunity to meet high profile scientists and gain careers information and advice.

Full details of the event (including exhibitors, conference programme and speakers) can be found here: http://www.nature.com/natureconferences/njce2013/index.html

Podcasts (MP3 files) of talks given at previous years’ events can be downloaded here: http://www.nature.com/natureconferences/careerexpo/podcast.html