Knowlege Economy Skills Scholarships 2 (KESS 2)

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Bangor University has a number of KESS 2 PhD and Research Masters scholarships available. The KESS 2 scholarships are part funded from the ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence Programme (West Wales and the Valleys).

KESS 2 PhD Scholarships

KESS 2 PhD scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners. (Applicants need only apply, they do not need to search for partners)

Value of Award: A stipend of ~ £14,000 for 2016/17 (rising in accordance with inflation for subsequent years). Each scholarship has an additional budget for travel, equipment/consumables and training to support the agreed research project. KESS 2 PhD scholarship holders do not pay fees.

Length: Full-time for 3 years. (Theses must be submitted 6 months after the funded three year study period)

The achievement of a KESS 2 Postgraduate Skills Development Award (PSDA) is compulsory for each KESS 2 scholar. (The PSDA is based on a 60 credit award)

The KESS 2 Research Masters Scholarships

KESS 2 Research Masters scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners leading to an MRes or MxRes qualification. (Applicants need only apply, they do not need to search for partners)

Value of Award: A stipend of ~ £11,000 for 2016/17. Each scholarship has an additional budget for travel, equipment/consumables and training to support your research.KESS 2 Research Masters scholarship holders do not pay fees.

Length: Full-time for 1 year. (Research theses must be submitted 3 months after the funded one year study period)

The achievement of a KESS 2 Postgraduate Skills Development Award (PSDA) is compulsory for each KESS 2 scholar. (The PSDA is based on a 30 credit award)

General Student Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for a KESS 2 award, you must be resident, upon appointment, in the Convergence Area of Wales and you must be able to take paid employment in the Convergence area on completion of the scholarship.

The Convergence Area means the following counties of Wales:

  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Gwynedd
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Camarthshire
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Swansea
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Bridgend
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • Caerphilly
  • Torfaen
  • For further student eligibility criteria related to the individual projects, please view the details of the individual projects.

Contact Details

For enquiries regarding the individual PhD Projects, please contact the named academic/s in the project details.

For all other enquiries please contact the KESS 2 Wales Manager : Dr Penny Dowdney.

Further information can be found here.