No restrictions are placed on the precise topic of proposed PhD study, except that it must address areas which support the aims of the SSA.
Eligibility of applicants
- The applicant must be a member or associate of the SSA.
- Applicants must, for the duration of their supported studies, be UK residents.
- The institution providing the study must be a UK university.
- Employees of the alcohol, tobacco and gambling industries are not eligible for the scheme.
- The PhD candidate must apply personally, declaring the intended institution and supervisor, and providing a letter of acceptance from the university.
- Applicants being considered for such SSA PhD studentships will be expected already to have achieved a first or upper second class degree in a relevant subject.
- Co-sponsorship by other bodies will be considered.
- There will be no bar on applications submitted part-way through courses.
- Both the PhD candidate and the supervisor must undertake to report annually to the Executive on the progress and the outcome of the PhD study.
- In the event that the focus of study changes, no longer having a clear addictions basis, funding by the SSA will cease.
- The successful candidate must undertake to declare the SSA's support clearly, and agrees to present their work, by invitation, at the Annual Symposium.
- At present this funding is not available for Clinical Doctorates or PhDs by publication.
Procedure for applications: applications to the PhD studentship scheme will be accepted by e-mail or as a hard copy, no later than 31st March each year. A standard format will be provided for the application.
The application must include the following:
(a) a description of the overall objective and purpose of the proposed PhD
(b) an explanation of how it accords with the work and objectives of the SSA
(c) an outline of the expected PhD study plan
(d) a timetable for the PhD
(e) a description of the product or output of the PhD
(f) a copy of the student’s CV
(g) a letter of confirmation of suitability to apply for the bursary, from the academic supervisor at the University
(h) a copy of the letter of confirmation of a PhD place from the University
(i) details of the academic supervisor at the University
(j) details of two academic referees
Timeline for PhD applications
- PhD application closing date: 31 March
- Shortlisted candidates selected for interview informed: TBC April
- Interview: 9 June
- Approval of appointed candidate by executive council: July trustees’ meeting
Process for considering applications
- The decision whether or not to accept the application for further assessment will be taken by the PhD panel comprising two designated members of the Executive (currently Professor Ann McNeill and Dr Catriona Matheson). A shortlist of potentially suitable candidates will be drawn up, and telephone interviews conducted by the panel in June. The resulting recommended candidate will be considered by the Executive at the July meeting.
- Final acceptance will rest with the Executive, guided by the PhD panel’s recommendations.
Limits of duration of funding
It is anticipated that PhD Studentship funding will be provided for a maximum of three years six months*, in order not to disadvantage applicants in subsequent years. There will be no facility for pro-rata arrangements in the case of part-time students.
*Requests for extension to four years will be considered by the panel in exceptional circumstances on each case’s own merits.
Financial support under an SSA PhD studentship is subject to a contract between the SSA and the host institution. Once funding for a PhD studentship has been discussed and agreed, the SSA will confirm the financial arrangements with the host institution. The SSA will provide the host institution with a contract setting out these arrangements.
For academic year 2015-16, the amount of funding the SSA will make available is as follows: Stipend: £14,057 (outside London)/ £17,863 (inside London); UK indicative fee level: £4,052; Yearly cost: £18,109/£21,915. Additionally, an amount up to a maximum of £1,000 per annum will be made available for such expenditure as IT equipment, conference attendance costs and similar, but excluding research costs. This amount is only reimbursed on receipt of invoices and with prior approval that it qualifies as acceptable expenditure.
The institution providing the tuition will put in place governance and supervision structures, and agree to review and report on the recipient’s progress regularly throughout their studies. Funding will only be provided when the PhD panel is happy with the structures and processes the institution will provide.
The host institution will invoice the SSA annually for course fees and quarterly for the stipend element, and will administer the stipend payment to the student monthly in arrears. Funding will only be provided directly to the institution which will be required to invoice the SSA for the relevant amount.
The application form can be downloaded here.