Current STARS studentships are only available to UK or EU applicants, who fulfil the NERC residence requirements outlined below:
To be eligible for a full award a student must:
To be eligible for a fees only award a student must:
For purposes of residence requirements the UK includes the United Kingdom and Islands (i.e. the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).
Further details about eligibility can be found on the RCUK website under “Terms and conditions of training grants” para 37 and 43.
Those students eligible for a full award will be supported by the tax free stipend (£14,296 in 2016/17), typically for 3.5 years.
All STARS students will have a Research and Training Grant to fund their research, conference attendance and networking and will be able to bid into a cohort development and mobility fund. This will support students attending subject-specific courses that require a payment, student travel to partner sites to attend courses or other research-related activities, and for students to develop and lead their own programme of community building or outreach events (e.g. student-led conferences, reading groups). Funding such as travel bursaries or existing funding within institutions (e.g. travel prizes) will also be available.
Applicants must have or expect to have, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualification gained outside the UK, in a relevant subject to the project they are applying for (these will be specified in the individual project descriptions).
Applicants must be available to start the studentship on 1st October 2017.