Fully-funded Doctoral Fellowship Training for International Early Stage Researchers in the CITI-GENS Ph.D. Fellowship Programme 2021

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Sign up now to be recruited and trained alongside more outstanding international early-stage researchers (ESRs) addressing global challenges in the CITI-GENS Ph.D. Fellowship Programme 2021.

The Collaboration in Training and Innovation for Growing, Evolving, and Networked Societies- (CITI-GENS) Ph.D. Fellowship is a program that combines advanced disciplinary excellence with capacity for genuine quality research and transforms you into a professional and skilled authority seeking to address societal challenges with innovative ways and technologies.

Hosted by the award-winning Graduate School, Queen’s University Belfast, be part of a vibrant international postgraduate community that helps you take your performance in research and excellence to the next level.

Read on for details on eligibility, deadline, how to apply and how to get selected, 

Application Deadline: July 10, 2020

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Benefits

All 20 candidates chosen as CITI-GENS ESRs:

  • Will be employees of Queen’s University Belfast while completing their doctoral study 
  • Will receive full social security coverage, ensuring them access to healthcare and will have full membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme.
  • Will also benefit from other general conditions for Queen’s University Belfast staff members such as annual leave entitlement (23 days), child care vouchers, and the Perks Card.
  • Will enjoy a wide range of opportunities and benefits.
  • Will enjoy access to a social hub for all postgraduates that connects students across disciplines to one another, and to mentors, thought leaders, and employers both within the university and beyond.
  • Will be part of a community of research students, creating a community and exciting learning environment
  • Will benefit from an interdisciplinary supervisory team offering a unique perspective on your project and preparing you for work across disciplinary boundaries in your future career. 
  •  Will benefit from a bespoke training package to enhance future employability
  •  Will get to live in Belfast, a modern capital city, welcoming, easy to navigate  and an affordable place in which to live and study

The Fellowship benefit details in point:

Position: Full-time Early Stage Researcher in the Marie Curie COFUND CITI-GENS Programme

School/Department: Dependent on the  project you take on 

Salary: £24,246.99 with a pension or £28925.25

Eligibility

To qualify for this opportunity, applicants

  • Must have a 1st or 2.1 honors degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject
  • Must have preferably a completed Masters in a relevant discipline.
  • Must have evidence of an IELTS score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University
  • Must at the time of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers 
  • Must not have been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Mobility Rule: Applying researchers must not have been in the UK for more than 12 months between 10th July 2017 until 10th July 2020

*All applications will be checked to ensure that eligibility requirements have been met 

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Application Instructions

In applying for the CITI-GENS Programme, applicants are agreeing that they have the right to work in the UK and have met all criteria. Applicants:

  • Must read the application pack
  • Must make sure they have all the qualifications (or will have by January 2021)
  • Should find a project that interests them
  • Should contact the supervisor
  • Must attach a letter of motivation why they have chosen CITI-GENS to their application form 
  • Must attach a Research Plan to their application form
  • Must indicate CITI-GENS in the required sections
  • can save their application data and return to it, to complete at a later date. 
  • Must complete all elements of the online application form, noting the specific requirements for the CITI-GENS Programme as indicated below:
  • If applying for more than one project, applicants must submit multiple applications.
  • If your documents are not in English they should be accompanied by a formal certified translation into English provided either by the awarding institution or alternatively by an official translator.
  • Documents that you have translated yourself will not be accepted.

About the CITI-GENS Ph.D. Fellowship Programme

The Collaboration in Training and Innovation for Growing, Evolving, and Networked Societies (CITI-GENS) program at Queen’s University Belfast is an MSCA COFUND Doctoral Training Programme.  

In seeking to address societal challenges in new ways and with new technologies, the CITI-GENS ESRs will engage with methodologies at the forefront of current practice in innovation, notably design thinking.  Adopting the 3i approach, ESRs chosen for CITI-GENS will combine their advanced disciplinary excellence with capacity for genuinely interdisciplinary, intersectoral, and international quality research involving the capacities of QUB and our non-HEI partners.

CITI-GENS is conceived as a global, multidisciplinary project; as such, it offers Ph.D. research positions in all three of the Faculties in Queen’s University Belfast across the 4 themes of the BRCD Innovation ecosystem.

The themes of the Belfast Region City Deal innovation ecosystem for the 2021 project includes:

  • Information Technology
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Life Sciences
  • Creative Industries

Key Dates and Order of Program

Shortlisted applicants who declare a disability will be contacted by the program administrator to determine if any special arrangements should be put in place during the interview process.

The deadline for application submissions is 4 pm (Utc) on the 10th of July, 2020

Ineligible applicants will be informed by 24th July 2020.

Interviews are scheduled to take place between September 14th, 2020 and September 29th, 2020

The Eligibility Committee will check each application against the eligibility criteria. Each application will be reviewed independently by three evaluators, one of whom will be the principal supervisor for the project, one of whom will have a level of externality to the project (i.e. from another research cluster) and one of whom will be from a partner institution). 

All reviewers will mark the applications against the evaluation criteria and produce a short evaluation report per applicant. The process of evaluation of academic merit, research experience, and research ambition will be scrutinized by an Evaluation Committee and a short-list of candidates will be selected for interview based on scores to date. 

Shortlisted candidates will progress to the interview stage and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the outcome of the stage two evaluation process by 4th September 2020. 

Shortlisted applicants will be required to create and submit a 3-minute video that evidences their leadership potential. The ability to portray this potential will be measured through an applicant’s understanding of the concept of innovation in research and through their ability to self-reflect on their own leadership experience and strengths and weaknesses in working across disciplines and sectors to address problems.

Shortlisted applicants will also be interviewed by the Evaluation Committee. Interviews will be carried out through Skype Video. Interviews are scheduled to take place between September 14th, 2020 and September 29th, 2020

If due to internet connection difficulties, it is difficult to hold a Skype video interview with an applicant, a conference call will take place instead. At the interview, applicants will be required to communicate the potential societal impact of the CITI-GENS research project they are applying for, to an audience of both academic and non-academic members of staff. 

The Evaluation Committee will review evaluation scores with the benefit of the additional scoring provided by the leadership videos and interviews and make final decisions on successful and unsuccessful applicants. Applicants who have progressed to stage 3 of the selection process will receive communication regarding whether they have been selected for positions on the CITI-GENS Programme by 10th October 2020

The recommendations of the Evaluation Committee will be ratified by the Appointments Committee. Successful candidates will receive a letter of offer from the Human Resources Department. Contracts of employment will be conditional upon

    • satisfactory references,
    • satisfactory medical report,
    • the fulfillment of any conditions specified in the offer of a place on a Ph.D. program from the Admissions and Access Service,
    • confirmation of the right to work in the United Kingdom and
    • The applicant’s ability to secure a valid visa and work permit, if required, from UK Visas and Immigration.

The CITI-GENS Program will be hosted in Northern Ireland, in the United Kingdom.

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