Bangor University announces third year of expansion of Postgraduate Research Scholarships

New Research Scholarship places are being offered at Bangor University for the third successive year. The places are part of the University's five year post-graduate expansion programme. They were also created to mark the University’s 125th Anniversary in 2009.

"A strong postgraduate community is an essential element of any international research-led university. As well as contributing to the further growth of our already vibrant postgraduate community, over half the Scholarship students will work on projects that will assist businesses working in key sectors of the Welsh economy. This will enable them to access the expertise that exists within the University to develop their businesses,” said Professor John G. Hughes, the University's Vice-Chancellor.

"The Scholarship schemes offer opportunities to the very best students to work with the University's leading academics and rising stars. They form part of our strategy to grow research excellence and research capacity," said Prof David Shepherd, the University's Pro Vice Chancellor for Research & Enterprise. 

The University is offering 18 Anniversary Research Scholarships and 28 ESF supported Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS).

The Anniversary Scholarships are flagship awards comprising three year PhD studentships covering fees and providing an annual stipend and research allowance, and three year PhD bursaries that provide an annual stipend.  The University is inviting applications from outstanding UK/EU and International students. These can be made on-line via the University's website.

The KESS programme provides MRes and PhD Scholarships, which are undertaken collaboratively with businesses. Research is focussed on the priority sectors for the Welsh Economy. Each KESS scholarship provides an annual stipend and research allowance. University fees are waived.

KESS is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the higher education sector. The programme aims to deliver the R&D skills needed to grow the knowledge economy. It is part-funded by the Welsh Assembly Government's European Social Fund (ESF) Convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Each KESS scholar undertakes an integrated research, innovation and business skills training programme leading to a Postgraduate Skills Development Award. Additionally, KESS has been recognised as being unique in how it utilises ESF support to deliver a higher-level skills development programme jointly with employers.

Professor John G. Hughes said: "KESS is an outstanding opportunity for us to partner our skills with regional companies of all sizes to create new knowledge through collaborative research and maximise our contribution to the economy."

For more information and to apply please visit the website here.

Publication date: 11 March 2011