PhD studentships- SSA

Overall purpose: to provide the opportunity to pursue a PhD in addiction science registered at a UK university and hosted at an appropriate organisation which, in the opinion of the Trustees (or officers with devolved authority), furthers the aims of the SSA.

The SSA aims to provide up to two full-time studentships per year.

Scope: No restrictions are placed on the precise topic of proposed PhD study, except that it must address areas which support the aims of the SSA.

Eligibility of applicants

  • The applicant must be a member or associate of the SSA.
  • Applicants must, for the duration of their supported studies, be UK residents.
  • The institution providing the study must be a UK university.
  • Employees of the alcohol, tobacco and gambling industries are not eligible for the scheme.
  • The PhD candidate must apply personally, declaring the intended institution and supervisor, and providing a letter of acceptance from the university.
  • Applicants being considered for such SSA PhD studentships will be expected already to have achieved a first or upper second class degree in a relevant subject.
  • Co-sponsorship by other bodies will be considered.
  • Students who are already receiving part-funding, and require only fees, stipend or costs are not excluded, and any such request will be considered on its merits.
  • The scheme’s primary purpose is to support those about to begin a PhD in addiction science.
  • There is no preemptive bar on applications submitted part-way through courses.
  • Applications from students studying part-time will be considered.
  • Both the PhD candidate and the supervisor must undertake to report annually to the Trustees on the progress and the outcome of the PhD study.
  • In the event that the focus of study changes, no longer having a clear addictions basis, funding by the SSA will cease.
  • The successful candidate must undertake to declare the SSA’s support clearly, and agrees to present their work, by invitation, at the Annual Symposium.
  • Requests for ‘one-off’ funding, eg, for an aspect of a research project cannot be considered under the scheme.
  • At present, this funding is not available for Clinical Doctorates or PhDs by publication.

Timeline for PhD applications

  • PhD application closing date: 5pm (GMT), Friday 13 March 2020
  • Shortlisted candidates selected for interview informed: —
  • Interview: 4 June 2020