PhD (via MPhil) Studentship in Astronomy or Astrophysics
Applications are invited for a full time PhD (via MPhil) studentship in Astronomy or Astrophysics in the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute. The studentship is funded by STFC and is tenable for up to 3.5 years full-time [subject to satisfactory progress] and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates and a maintenance grant (14,296 at 2016/17 rates).
The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute is pleased to announce the availability of a new STFC-funded PhD Studentship in Astronomy or Astrophysics.
Student eligibility requirements
STFC does not make awards directly to students. Awards are made to eligible research training institutions (university departments, research institutes and other bodies) and they are responsible for selecting students for these awards who meet the STFC eligibility criteria. The two principal eligibility conditions relate to residence and to academic qualifications.
Heads of departments, prospective supervisors and potential students who require advice on eligibility should contact the RO Registrar’s Office, the postgraduate admissions office (or equivalent) at the RO hosting the studentship. STFC places full reliance on residential eligibility checks undertaken by the RO.
Final decisions on eligibility are made by ROs – questions about eligibility should be addressed to the RO directly.
A useful source of Information on Student Eligibility can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs webpages.
For purposes of residence requirements the UK includes the United Kingdom and Islands.
To be eligible for a full award a student must have:
- Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay
- Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)
- Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).
To be eligible for a fees only award:
- Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.
Note: These eligibility criteria are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments.
Minimum qualifications and experience to undertake a research degree are detailed in the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education.
For some subject areas, there is also an expectation that an individual will have undertaken a Masters qualification before beginning a doctoral programme. However, ROs can use their discretion in deciding whether candidates are suitable for research training, making reference to any Council-specific expectations.
Research Councils will undertake periodic reviews of Research Organisations within the Funding Assurance Programme (FAP) programme to seek assurance that Training Grants are managed in accordance with the terms and conditions under which they are awarded. These include the condition that the use of funding to provide full awards or fees-only awards should be in accordance with student eligibility as defined by the Council.
The project will be in one of the following areas, depending on the preference of the student ranked highest on the list of applicants (ranking will be carried out by JHI staff based on application forms, references, and interviews of short-listed candidates):
- Investigating the rotation of sunspots with the Solar Dynamics Observatory (Dr. Daniel Brown)
- Parsec-scale jets in Active Galactic Nuclei (Dr. Tim Cawthorne)
- Modelling the formation of nuclear star clusters (Dr. Victor Debattista)
- Solar Energetic Particles and Space Weather (Dr. Silvia Dalla)
- Multi-wavelength analysis of galaxies (Prof. Cristina C. Popescu)
- Observational Star Formation (Prof. Derek Ward-Thompson)
- Theoretical Star and Planet Formation (Dr. Dimitris Stamatellos)
- Stellar populations and chemical enrichment in galaxies (Dr. Anne Sansom)
- Using coronal dimming to study CME initiation (Dr. Danielle Bewsher)
These projects are suggested opportunities offered by JHI staff. If you would like more details or would like to discuss something else related to their field of study, then please contact us directly.
Candidates should have (or expect to hold) a UK Bachelor of Science degree at 2:1 or above in a related area (or equivalent qualification), or a Masters level qualification (e.g. MSc or MPhys).
EU applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTs 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.
For informal discussion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry via email at email@example.com, quoting the studentship reference number.
Closing Date: 26 February 2017
Proposed Interview Date 15 March 2017
CURRENT UCLAN RESEARCH STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP
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