Great Western Research

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The fundamental concept of Great Western Research is to promote collaborations between the highest quality research groups in the South West and between these groups and businesses, in order to attract international interest and recognition, to support the growth of the South West economy, and to build research capacity in the HE sector.

Please visit the ‘About the project ’  page for more information on the aims and outputs of the original SW-RDA & HEFCE funded project.

Great Western Research funded 130 Postgraduate Research Studentships in the six collaborative themes in this original project and you can find more information on these projects on the " funded projects" page.



GWR PhD studentship funding schemes for 2012 :

The ESRC SWDTC Collaborative PhD Studentship Scheme

The South West Doctoral Training Centre and GWR : New Collaborative SWDTC PhD studentships .

In January the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) confirmed funding of the new South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) which brings together the combined strengths of the Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Bath in a consortium to provide doctoral training across the South West of England.

GWR will be working closely with the SWDTC to fund up to 16 collaborative studentships pa from the 2012 student intake. These new collaborative ESRC-SWDTC studentships, facilitated by GWR, will each be part funded by an External Partner, and applications for the first round of studentships are now open.

Application will follow a simple 2 step process, with very short outline applications by SWDTC academic staff followed by full research applications, once a suitable External Partner organization has been firmly identified.

Applications for the second round of collaborative studentships will close at noon on 26th October 2012 , with final decisions expected to be announced in December 2012.

Full details of this initiative are available HERE



The ESF-CUC PhD studentships

During 2011-2014 GWR are involved in creating and delivering 40 PhD studentships for the Combined Universities in Cornwall partners (CUC), involving Cornish Business Partners, which will be funded by the European Social Fund under its convergence funding for Cornwall.

All of these studentships have now been filled.

Details of this initiative are available HERE .



Exeter University Humanities PhD studentships

With the Humanities College of the University of Exeter, GWR will be offering funding for up to 8 PhD research studentships in 2011 in collaboration with businesses.

When full details of this initiative are available HERE .



Doubling-up of existing studentship funds through GWR

Additionally GWR are currently offering the possibility of " doubling-up" studentship funds and Doctoral Training Account (DTAs) funds to all Universities in the South West. More details of this scheme are available by following the link below, or from your institution's postgraduate dean or PVC.


The current GWR " Doubling-Up" scheme offer


The Great Western Research Fellowships

Great Western Research also appointed 20, 3-year Postdoctoral Fellowships its five original research themes, and the host Universities will convert these into permanent academic posts when GWR funding ends.

Details of the fellowship projects which were supported can be found on the "Fellowships" page .


If you have any questions about the GWR project or the new studentship initatives, you can contact the Great Western Research team, based at the University of Exeter.

You will find all of their details on the Contacts Us page .