LISS DTP’s Collaborative (CASE) Studentship Competitions promote partnerships between social scientists at King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College and end-user organisations (public or private or third sector ‘partner institutions’). CASE studentships allow students to enhance their training by working closely with the non-academic partner in the development of their research project. They are a great way to initiate longer-term partnerships and to ensure the ‘impact’ of doctoral research.
CASE studentships work differently from Open competition ones in that the initial project idea for the studentship must be submitted to LISS DTP by an academic at one of our three partner institutions and will be judged against other proposals submitted that year to determine whether it receives funding. While it is recommended that a financial contribution to the studentship be negotiated with the non-academic partner, this is not essential if the value of the partnership can be shown in-kind, for example through student access to partner data, office space, resources and equipment, training, field sites, research subject communities etc. (More information on this is provided on the Case for Support form.)
The deadline for academics to propose CASE studentship projects (with start dates of October 2018) will be 19 November 2017, 17:00. The competition launches on 11 September 2017.
At the project application stage, a particular student can be nominated/named by the academic project lead to work on the project and receive the studentship. Please refer back to our Studentships page (under Eligibility) for information on who is eligible to be nominated/apply for a LISS DTP studentship. Should the academic’s proposal gain funding, the student’s qualifications and research training background will be reviewed to ensure that they reach the standards needed to win a studentship on a 1+3 (Masters + PhD) or +3 (PhD only) basis. You can see the levels of core training the student will need to have attained (or plan to attain in their Master’s or first doctoral year of study) here. At this point the student should also begin the central admissions process to a Masters or doctoral programme at the institution where the project lead academic is based.
Academics may also choose to submit CASE studentship applications without a named student. CASE applications are judged on the merit of the individual project; not naming a student does not detract from an application. If the project gains funding, LISS DTP will assist the academic with a recruitment process to find a qualified student to undertake the studentship. Once a student is found, they will also need to apply centrally for admission to the appropriate degree at the institution where the project lead academic is based.
You can see the successfully-funded CASE studentships for 2017-18 and the common application form for recruiting students to them here.
A timeline/diagram of the CASE studentship application process is below: