Application process for nominated students

Applicants for an AHRC CDT studentship must be nominated by one of the consortium’s Higher Education Institutions, known as the ‘host HEI’. Students being nominated by an HEI will be advised of this by their host HEI by Monday, 5 February 2018 at the latest.

The CDT in Celtic Languages will accept applications from nominated studentships submitted centrally via email to the CDT administration at the University of Glasgow by Friday, 23 February 2018 at midnight. Late applications will not be accepted.
AHRC CDT Celtic Languages - Scholarship Application 2018-19

All applicants must hold a conditional or unconditional offer of a place on a PhD programme from the host HEI before submitting their application.
Note: within the context of the CDT in Celtic Languages it is possible for students to have access to co-supervision across more than one of the HEIs in the CDT consortium, and this is strongly encouraged. Students should explore this possibility prior to making the CDT application. Even if cross-supervision is being considered, however, the application must still be prepared in collaboration with your main host HEI.

Applicants are responsible for making sure that the host HEI knows about their application, is prepared to nominate the applicant for the competition, and will supply the host HEI Supporting Statement by the same deadline.

AHRC CDT Celtic Languages - Institutional Statement of Support 2018-19

Along with information about previous qualifications and prizes, the studentship application form will require applicants to provide the following information (please note that these instructions may be altered or supplemented on the actual form itself):

  • TITLE: a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title for their proposed PhD project
  • SUMMARY: a research question and overall aim of the project (200 words)
    [A summary of the project’s main aims in clear language]
  • PROJECT DETAIL: research context, methods and sources (1000 words)
    [Context: An assessment of how your research will engage with recent study in the subject; why you are the right person to undertake this research; Methods: an account of the methodology and approach you will take; Sources: a discussion of the texts, documents, objects, data or practices your research will draw upon; Fit: why the host HEI (and any co-supervisory HEI if applicable) is the most relevant to your research aims; Inter-disciplinarity: any interdisciplinary considerations; Ethics: briefly mention if there are ethical issues involved with your research that will need approval]
  • BENEFICIARIES: benefit, impact and partnership (600 words)
    [Benefit: An account of why your research question is important and worth investigating, and which communities within the disciplines of the Celtic Languages, Literatures and Cultures might benefit from it; Impact: what impact might your research have for other people outside of Higher Education; how might you disseminate your ideas during and beyond the process of writing the thesis itself; Partnership: are there non-academic partners (not limited to the 3 core partners engaged with the CDT in Celtic Languages) who might particularly benefit from or assist in your project, such that some form of non-HEI collaboration might be explored during the period of doctoral study]
  • Skills and Training Assessment (400 words)
    (How prepared are you currently to undertake the proposed research? What skills do you envisage the Doctoral Training Programme being able to supply, at your host HEI or across the CDT’s activities? This may include a variety of further specialist training, including (further) language study, perhaps in another Celtic language or period of language; of what benefit would this particular type of doctoral training be to your work?)

The Host HEI Supporting Statement will request detailed information from your host HEI relating to:

  • Applicant: the achievements of the applicant demonstrated by qualifications, awards, published papers, references, etc. (300 words)
  • Proposal: the quality of the applicant’s research proposal e.g. originality, proposed methodology, timeliness, importance, etc. (400 words)
  • Fit: the fit between the student and the project; between the project and the proposed supervisory HEI(s); and the fit with the CDT research environment, reflecting on any training required by the student and impact/partnership possibilities (400 words)
  • Supervision: the supervisory expertise available for the specific research project, with notification of any formal cross-institutional supervision arrangements within the CDT consortium HEIs, and including suggestions for further cross-CDT training
  • Ethics: any ethical issues attached to the research and the plans to be put in place to address these