2019-20 PIC Masters Studentship Scheme in Population Studies
The Population Investigation Committee (PIC) established a scholarship fund in 1996 to facilitate further training in demography past undergraduate level. Eligibility for the studentship is restricted to students accepted on a PIC-approved Masters degree course at a PIC-approved institution. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) currently offer two London-based MSc programmes which have a high demographic content and are therefore PIC-approved Masters degree courses.
Three studentships funded by the Population Investigation Committee (PIC) are open for application to those planning a career in demographic research or in an area where demographic skills are a necessity.
The full value of each studentship award is GBP 15,000.00.
PIC will give LSHTM the full award amount. LSHTM will deduct tuition fees, at the agreed RCUK indicative fee rate, from the value of the award. The remainder of fees due (to the Home/EU rate as shown on the 2019/20 fee table) will be subsidised by LSHTM. The remainder of the award will be paid out as a stipend to the student directly in 12 monthly instalments. This living allowance is tax-free.
Candidates will be expected to be planning a career in demographic research, or in an area where demographic skills are a necessity. Previous experience of quantitative methods is not essential but would be welcomed, although candidates should be able to demonstrate that they have the numerical skills needed to acquire these essential research methods.
Residential criteria: Studentships will only be awarded to students who are assessed as having a UK/EU fee status and who meet the residency requirements as defined by ESRC Studentship regulations. These are found on the UKRI website (Annex 1 of the RCUK Training Grant Guide), and are summarised here. All candidates must have settled status in the UK; have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK; and, have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years (not wholly for the purpose of full-time education). Residence in the UK as a full-time student does not automatically qualify non-EU nationals for an award. LSHTM will determine fee status and residency based on the information provided in/with the applications for study and PIC funding.
Candidates must have qualifications of the same standard as a good honours degree at first or upper second class level from a UK academic institution. In the majority of cases, candidates will have undertaken an undergraduate course at a recognised UK higher education institution. However, some may have qualifications from outside the UK, or be able to offer a combination of qualifications and/or experience. LSHTM will ascertain whether these qualifications can be equated to an honours degree and at what level, based on the information provided in/with the applications for study and PIC funding. A less-than-sufficient first degree may be enhanced by the attainment of a Master’s degree. If a candidate is applying who has enhanced their degree, enough information should be given to show that this has sufficiently enhanced the candidate’s knowledge to the standard required.
To be eligible for consideration for this funding applicants must
- be assessed to have Home/EU fee status, and
- have applied for either the London-based MSc Demography & Health course or MSc Reproductive and Sexual Health Research course starting in September 2019 at LSHTM, and
- meet both the residential and academic criteria for this funding, as set out above.
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