Available now!! Undertaking
a PhD in substance misuse: a one-day national
symposium, Monday 21 July 2014 at Oxford Brookes
here for a list of 2011's delegates and PhDs
Overall purpose: to provide the
opportunity to pursue a PhD in addiction science
registered at a UK university and hosted at an
appropriate organisation which, in the opinion
of the Executive (or officers with devolved authority),
furthers the aims of the Society. The Society
aims to provide one full-time studentship per
year. It is expected that a maximum of three studentships
will be supported at any time.
Scope: no restrictions are placed on the precise
topic of proposed PhD study, except that it must
address areas which support the aims
of the Society.
- The applicant must be a member
or associate of the Society.
must 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 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 encouraged.
- 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 Society will cease.
- The successful candidate must
undertake to declare the Society’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
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
(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 Society
(c) an outline of the expected PhD study plan
(d) a timetable for the PhD
(e) a description of the product or output of
(f) a copy of the students 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
(j) details of two academic referees
for PhD applications:
- PhD application closing date:
- Shortlisted candidates selected
for interview informed: TBC April
- Interview: 22 May
- Approval of appointed candidate
by executive council: July trustees meeting
- 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
Dr Ed Day 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
- Final acceptance will rest with
the Executive, guided by the PhD panel’s
Limits of duration of funding:
it is anticipated that PhD Studentship funding
will be provided for a maximum of three years,
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.
financial support under an SSA PhD studentship
is subject to a contract between the Society and
the host employing institution. Once funding for
a PhD studentship has been discussed and agreed,
the Society will confirm the financial arrangements
with the host employing institution. The Society
will provide the host employing institution with
a contract setting out these arrangements.
as at February 2012, the amount of funding the
Society will make available is as follows: Stipend:
£13,590; Fees: £3,500; Research Cost:
£1,000; Yearly cost: £18,090
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
The host organisation will invoice
the Society 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 Society for the relevant amount.
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