SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

Scholarships for postgraduate study

Chris Freeman Scholarship (2019)

This scholarship, awarded as a £10,000 tuition fee reduction, is available to applicants applying to study a Masters in SPRU. It is awarded in memory of pioneering Founder of SPRU and its first Director, Chris Freeman.

For more information, please visit the Chris Freeman Scholarship page

Mansell-Steinmueller Scholarship (2019)

This scholarship, awarded as a £10,000 tuition fee reduction, is available to applicants applying to study a Masters in SPRU.

For more information, please visit the Mansell-Steinmueller Scholarship page

Geoff Oldham Memorial Scholarships (2019)

Geoff Oldham co-founded the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) in 1966. He served as Deputy Director before becoming Director in 1982, and his work on science and technology policy and developing countries is unparalleled.

These scholarships are available to UK, EU and international Masters students at SPRU to celebrate and continue the legacy of Geoffrey Oldham.

For more information, please visit the Geoff Oldham Memorial Scholarships page.

Susan Richmond Scholarship (2019)

This Masters scholarship for a female UK, EU or international SPRU student returning to higher education and includes a £10,000 tuition fee reduction.

For more information, please visit the Susan Richmond Scholarship page.

About SPRU Masters scholarships

All SPRU Masters courses have been recognised as providing research training that meets ESRC requirements, and so eligible applicants wishing to take a one year Masters followed by a three year PhD (1+3) may apply for an ESRC 1+3 scholarship.

PhD Studentships

SPRU is part of the new South-East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership, which is offering ESRC-funded studentships for UK and EU students for PhD degree (+3) or combined Masters and PhD degree (1+3). For more information, see the SeNSS page at the Sussex Doctoral School.

Please note that you must apply for a PhD place at the University of Sussex by 20th January 2019 to be eligible for consideration for an ESRC studentship for September 2019 entry.

Serendipity in Research and Innovation

3-year PhD studentship in ERC project “Serendipity in Research and Innovation” at SPRU, University of Sussex.

Do university research-environments affect research targeting? This PhD will examine whether the relationship between research funding and publication output varies by university-country (UK and any others) and university-type (research-intensive, teaching-intensive, third mission ‘impact’-intensive). It will explore funding in terms of funders and funding policies, and publication outputs in terms of topic analysis, citation analysis, and impact analysis. Conversely, investigations may begin with university research outputs and impacts, and trace back in reverse chronology to their funding sources. Applicants may suggest variations on the above.

Students interested in this topic will be supervised by Dr Ohid Yaqub, and Dr Daniele Rotolo. They will be enrolled for a PhD in Science and Technology Policy Studies.

Energy Demand in the Digital Society

One 3-year PhD studentship on “Energy Demand in the Digital Society” at SPRU. This PhD studentship will explore the potential contribution of digital technologies to reducing energy demand and assisting the transition to secure, low carbon energy systems. These studentships will contribute to a larger programme of research in this area, led by Prof Tim Foxon and Prof Steve Sorrell.

The deadline for applications is 12th April 2019. 

Employment in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Robots: Measurement, Impact and Policies

One 3-year PhD studentship on “Employment in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Robots: Measurement, Impact and Policies” at SPRU. The PhD studentship is funded under the SeNSS ESRC-funded collaborative studentships, and will be undertaken in collaboration with Nesta, the global innovation foundation. For informal inquiries, please contact Dr Tommaso Ciarli. The deadline for applications has been extended to 8 February 2019. Further information about this studentship is available on the fees and funding page.