Understanding the use of Books & Monographs by Researchers in the Humanities & Social Sciences

OAPEN-UK, an AHRC and Jisc-funded project on open access monographs, is currently running a survey to understand how researchers in the humanities and social sciences use books, and especially monographs.

The survey design has been informed by a range of funders including HEFCE and Jisc, and the findings will help build an evidence base for future policies to support monograph publishing in the UK.

No identifiable data will be made public or shared beyond the OAPEN-UK project team. All respondents to the survey can enter a prize draw to win up to £100 of Amazon vouchers.

Please spare 10-15 minutes to participate, and to help the researchers understand what you want as both authors and readers of books.

The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K96XZD5

If you have any questions, please contact the survey researcher, Ellen Collins, on ellen.collins@researchinfonet.org.

2015-2016 EURIAS Fellowship Programme

eurias-logo-web_sans barillet(2)The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering 10-month residencies in one of the 16 participating Institutes: Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Cambridge, Delmenhorst, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Wassenaar, Zürich. The Institutes for Advanced Study support the focused, self-directed work of outstanding researchers. The fellows benefit from the finest intellectual and research conditions and from the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars.

EURIAS Fellowships are mainly offered in the fields of the humanities and social sciences but may also be granted to scholars in life and exact sciences, provided that their proposed research project does not require laboratory facilities and that it interfaces with humanities and social sciences.

The Programme welcomes applications worldwide from promising young scholars as well as from leading senior researchers. For the 2015-2016 academic year EURIAS offers 44 fellowships (22 junior and 22 senior positions). Continue reading

The British Library Needs Your Help!

Update 13/03/14: DJS Research are now looking for users of the British Library to take part in their focus groups. Participants will receive a cash thank you for their participation. Email Hannah Brearley, Senior Recruiter at DJS Research – hbrearley@djsresearch.com – for more details.

To support the growth of their postgraduate programmes the British Library is looking to understand postgraduate students’ views on a new range of training concepts that the Library could deliver. These concepts will be aimed at helping to improve postgraduate students’ research skills.

DJSResearchThe British Library has commissioned DJS Research Ltd, an independent market research agency to conduct the research and they will be running a series of focus groups in order to shed light on the above.

In order to participate, all you need to do at this point is meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a non-user of the British Library (i.e. not physically visited the Library for research purposes or used its online resources)
  • You will preferably be on a research MA/MSc or PhD
  • You will be studying either a Social Science and Arts and Humanities or Science subject

All participants will receive £40 cash as a thank you for taking part and the focus groups will last around 1.5 hours.

We anticipate a lot of interest in this project and so will be recruiting on a first come first served basis due to the limited number of places available. If you are interested then please reply by email in the first instance to Hannah Brearley, Senior Recruiter at DJS Research – hbrearley@djsresearch.com – and she will arrange the specifics.

CSD2014 Conference ‘Organised Crime in Conflict Zones’

CSD2014 WordCloudThe Graduate School is delighted to promote an upcoming event organised by Postgraduate students from the Conflict, Security and Development (CSD) programme. The CSD2014 Conference: ‘Organised Crime in Conflict Zones’ will take place on the 6th of March, 2014. Organised by King’s postgraduate students and supported by the War Studies Department, the conference will be held in the Great Hall on the Strand Campus.

The one-day event will focus on transnational organised crime, a multi-billion pound global business and an area of growing international concern. The programme will address the conflict-crime nexus and focus on three key areas of organised crime. These are: drug trafficking, terrorist criminality and human trafficking.

For more information on the conference and our speakers, please visit our website at: http://csd2014.wordpress.com/speakers-profiles/

Preferential rates are available for King’s students, to purchase tickets please click here. For any queries please contact: csdc.kcl@gmail.com

ESRC 2014/15 PhD & ‘1+3’ Studentships

Having won a coveted place in the national network of doctoral training centres accredited by ESRC in 2011, the King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS-DTC) is pleased to announce that it will be awarding a number of ESRC-funded postgraduate studentships for the 2014/15 academic session to support doctoral research and training across the social sciences at King’s College London.

This year, King’s invites applications for both three-year PhD studentships and four-year ‘1+3’  studentships, for candidates applying for a Masters degree leading directly on to a PhD.

Information on subject areas eligible for ESRC Funding can be found here.

ESRC studentship funding is highly competitive. In view of the limited number of awards and the very high standard of applications received, successful applicants are likely to have a very good first degree (BA or BSc Honours or equivalent), at first class standard (or upper second class with clear evidence of first class work). Applicants for a doctoral award will normally also have an appropriate Masters degree (at distinction or at least high merit level) and/or another appropriate qualification, such as prior professional or work-related expertise, relevant to your proposed area of study.

Candidates should complete the relevant Case for Support form for your chosen mode of studentship (+3 or 1+3). You will also need to complete a full admissions application for your chosen Masters or PhD programme. The application should include two references, and transcripts from all previous study.

Current doctoral students who will have completed no more than 12 months full-time study (or part-time equivalent) as of 1 October 2014 are also eligible to apply for ESRC funding. Current students do not need to complete a new admissions application, but will need to provide a reference from their primary supervisor.

Application forms and further guidance can be found online at

Deadline: Friday 31 January 2014, at 17:00 GMT