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
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.
Eligibility of applicants:
- The applicant must be a member 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 scheme.
- The PhD candidate must apply personally,
declaring the intended institution and supervisor,
and providing a letter of acceptance from the
- 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 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
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 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
Timeline for PhD applications:
- PhD application closing date: 31 March
- Shortlisted candidates selected for interview
informed: TBC April
- Interview: Thursday 22 May, 2014
- 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 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 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,
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.
Contractual Arrangements: 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.
Funding provided: 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.
The application form can be downloaded
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