Research Scholarships

The Role of Foundations and scholarship in society?

Today there are more than 12000 public foundations and about 3000 labour market foundations in Sweden. The public foundations are mostly active within fields such as research, education and social help. That is not the way it has always been, however. Before 1800 education was the biggest beneficiary, to be replaced by social aid and from about 1850 research has been the main beneficiary of new foundations.

The fact that foundations are formed for different purposes during the course of time, leads to the conclusion that, as a whole, foundations appear to fill a flexible function in society. This in spite of the fact that individual foundations are very inflexible. The roles in society that foundations from earlier eras have had do not disappear. Either they continue with their same original mission or they are reinterpreted and changed to be able to function as society changes.Foundations dynamically adapt to new realities in their environment. They may keep their general purpose and character but adapt to new circumstances. The possibility of permuting and changing the statutes of foundations enables this adaption. It should be said, however, that it is quite difficult to change statutes. Only if the original statutes are considered highly irrelevant is this allowed. One such example are foundations supporting professions which no longer exist.

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How do you write a scholarship application?

To have a good chance of getting a scholarship you must spend a significant amount of time on your application. You could, for example, try to find out who has received the scholarship earlier and check out how their application was written. In certain cases you can contact the administrator of the scholarship ask what they think is important when they pick a scholar. If you have received other scholarships it may be worth mentioning this in your application. It shows that you are highly valued for who you are and what you do.

If you are looking for project financing then it is important to thoroughly prepare your application. What is the primary purpose and benefit of the project? Can you motivate why your project is especially urgent or worthy of sponsorship? As written above, it is always a good idea to contact the administrator and try to find out what they value in an application.

For all types of scholarships we want to discourage copying standard or template applications which you can find on the internet. Please be inspired by examples, templates and advice but make sure to make your application your own.

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General Rsearch scholarship and Classifieds:

  •  Scholars4dev.   List of Canada Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships for International Student.
  •  Top universities. Scholarship Applications: Frequently Asked Questions.
  •  FOREIGN SCHOLARSHIPS. (higher education commission)
  •  Study-uk.britishcouncil. Scholarships and financial support.
  • studyinfinland.fi. EDUFI SCHOLARSHIPS .(tuition_fees_and_scholarships/fulbright_grants) (other_possibilities)
  • scholarshipfellow. Chinese Government Scholarship 2018-19.

There you have it. be sure to check out my Rsearch scholarship page.

For prospective PhD research students, the REF 2014 can be a very useful resource… provided you know what to look for.

That’s why we’ve created a convenient and accessible breakdown of the REF 2014 results. You can use it to view REF 2014 results by university, or by subject area. Whichever you choose we’ve provided helpful information to help you make sense of the results and understand how different aspects relate to the issues that matter most to prospective PhD students.

If you’d like to just get started looking at REF 2014 scores for your chosen universities and subject areas, you can click here. If you’d like to know more about the REF you can read on for a list of PhD student Ref 2014 FAQs.

REF 2014 FAQs for PhD students

Have questions about the REF 2014 results? What it is, how it works and why it matters to you as a PhD student? No problem. We’ve put together a list of FAQs about the REF from the point of view of prospective postgraduate research students. Even better, we’ve also included some answers!

First thing’s first then, what is the REF for?

The REF is used to determine how much public money is allocated to each UK university in order to fund their research (the funding awarded based on REF performance actually accounts for the largest proportion of research support received by UK universities).

Does the REF do anything else?

In addition to determining funding allocations, the REF process ensures universities are accountable for the public investment that supports their research. It also provides a means of benchmarking university research performance for other users… like prospective research students!

Is the REF is a bit like a university rankings table then?

Not as such. The REF does ‘rank’ university research according to its ability to meet given quality levels, but these are standards specified by the REF, not a direct comparison between different universities and their departments.

So how can postgraduates use the REF?

In some ways, the REF result is actually better than a simple university league table. It assesses the specific departments that conduct research and allows you to ‘zoom in’ on the criteria that’s most important to you as a prospective research student: research. What’s more, the REF provides a detailed breakdown of different aspects of university research, including the quality of academic publications, the positive effect of research in wider society and – most importantly for PhD students – the standard of the departmental units and structures in which research is actually produced, including systems for enabling and supporting successful PhD projects!

OK, who organises the REF?

The REF is administered by the four UK higher education Funding Councils: Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the government’s Department for Employment and Learning. These are the groups that oversee the distribution of public research funding across the UK.

Is REF funding the same thing as Research Council funding then?

No – the four UK higher education Funding Councils are different entities to the seven UK Research Councils and REF funding is different to Research Council funding. Research Councils fund specific projects (including postgraduate research projects) based on their individual merits. Funding Councils provide ‘block grants’ to support departments within institutions based on their REF performance. This combination of Funding Council and Research Council funding is known as the ‘dual support system’.

What research areas and academic subjects does the REF cover?

All of them! Whatever research topic you’re interested in studying for your PhD and whichever university department you’re looking to do your research in, you’ll be able to access an appropriate REF result. This is because the REF organises university research into 36 different broad subject areas, referred to as ‘units of assessment’.

What is a unit of assessment?

As above, a unit of assessment is really just a category of related subject areas. This allows universities to organise their research units and courses as they see fit, whilst still making sense in the REF system. In practice university researchers submit work to the REF using the most relevant unit of assessment.

How is the REF actually undertaken?

There are three main stages to the REF process: the submission of research, its assessment by expert panels and the publication of results.

What happens at the submission stage?

Universities select the best examples of their research and submit them under the units of assessment that are most appropriate to their work.

What happens at the assessment stage?

Assessment of research for the REF is undertaken by expert panels. There are two types of expert panel. Most are ‘sub-panels’ assigned to each of the 36 units of assessment. In addition, there are also four main panels, responsible for overseeing the broader implementation of specific REF assessment criteria.

OK, so what are the REF assessment criteria?

Assessment criteria are one of the most important features of the REF. Research submissions are evaluated according to three specific criteria: Output, Impact and Environment. These are then combined to provide an Overall result for each department’s REF score.

What is Output?

Output is the simplest of the three assessment criteria. It measures the quality of academic work produced by a university’s researchers. Up to four research Outputs can be nominated for each academic whose research a university submits to the REF.

What are some examples of Output?

Examples of Output include publications like journal articles and book-length studies, as well as other fruits of academic research such as important data sets, new technologies and intellectual property.

Why does Output matter to PhD students?

A university’s Output score for a specific subject area can tell you how successful its academics are at generating high-quality publications. This might offer an indicator of the potential for you to take part in cutting-edge research projects (and the publications they generate). A high Output score may also mean that your PhD will be supervised by academics who are recognised leaders in their fields.

What is Impact?

Impact is a new assessment criteria introduced for the REF 2014. It assesses the positive effects of a university’s research beyond the academy. Impact is assessed using submitted case studies that demonstrate the past effects of a university’s research as well as strategies for ensuring present and future impact.

What are some examples of Impact?

The REF defines impact as consisting of ‘any effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond academia’. It’s worth noting that Impact applies to all academic disciplines and subject areas. For example, medical science research might generate important changes to public health policy, whilst research in an arts and humanities subject area might have an impact on educational outreach and or underpin important exhibitions in public libraries and galleries.

Why does Impact matter to PhD students?

A university’s past success in demonstrating the impact of its research can indicate the opportunity for PhD students to take part in high profile projects and activities outside the university and to do work that is of an immediate and appreciable benefit to society as a whole. As well as being immensely rewarding, this will look excellent on your CV, whatever career path you pursue with your PhD.

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