11.14 Funding

The Postgraduate Admissions Office are involved with applications to major funding bodies, e.g. A.H.R.C., Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme, etc. and also administer the AberDoc PhD Scholarship Competition. Staff the Postgraduate Admissions Office will be able to create records on the RCUK’s JeS system. The office will also administer the Aber-grad Scholarship (loyalty discount) and the International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships (IPES).

Information on sources of funding is provided in the Postgraduate Prospectus and on AU websites, primarily www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/ and on our Funding & Scholarship Calculator www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/calculator/

AberDoc PhD Scholarships

Arrangements for the AberDoc Scholarships Competition for the 2016 competition are as follows:

Applications will be invited from anyone intending to study for a PhD full-time at AU. Applicants should have or expect to obtain at least upper second class honours in their first degree (and for non-UK candidates/graduates, IELTS 7.0 or equivalent). The closing date for applications is 1st March 2016 (but 29th January for IGHPP and Theatre, Film & TV Studies). Applicants will be required to submit electronically copies of the standard application form with academic references and the research proposal. Those who will be interviewed must also submit a supplementary AberDoc Form electronically to address specific points for assessment by the Panel. In future this will be combined with the application form.

All applications to the competition will be forwarded to the appropriate selector and departments will be required to provide a priority list of applicants within three weeks of the closing date. This list should be submitted electronically to the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

The AberDoc Scholarships Panel will use the priority lists submitted to decide on an allocation of the studentships. The Postgraduate Admissions Office will then write to applicants to inform them of the outcome of their application.

Successful candidates will be awarded funding for up to 3 years which will cover UK/EU tuition fees and provide a maintenance allowance (circa £14K). The best 3 overseas candidates who have secured an AberDoc Scholarship will also be in receipt of a President’s Scholarship to cover their remaining tuition fees.

Departmental Studentships

Many departments make awards from their own funds to incoming postgraduate students. In some cases awards match the AberDoc Scholarship or Research Council awards, in other cases the award covers part or all of the tuition fees. In order that students are provided with clear information about what they receive, the Selector should complete a copy of the ‘Departmental Studentship Pro-forma’ (see Appendix 3). The Postgraduate Admissions Office can then include the relevant details of the funding to be offered in the applicant’s offer pack. This information is vital in that it is also required to ensure that invoices for fees are not issued inappropriately and that maintenance cheques are available for the students when they register. The exact level of any award must be communicated clearly to the applicant, specifying the amount that will be paid towards tuition fees and where applicable the level of the stipend to be paid to the student. Copies of such letters must be copied to the Postgraduate Admissions Office.