British Library Doctoral Students Open Day 2018-2019 – Music

Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students (including Masters Students planning to continue at PhD level)

The music collections at the British Library are unparalleled in their scope and diversity, providing a wealth of material to aid and inspire researchers and performers. Several million items of printed music and sound recordings across all genres sit alongside original manuscripts and private papers, from Purcell to Panufnik, Monteverdi to Maxwell Davies. Our sound and moving image collections include commercial discs, concert programmes, pop videos and ethnographic field recordings from across the globe. Our Sound Archive includes radio sessions, interviews, documentaries and live performances. The British Library’s music materials are relevant not only to music students, but to students in many other disciplines.

These open days are designed to explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services plus help you navigate our physical and online collections. You will have the opportunity to meet our expert and friendly staff and other researchers in your field.

To make the most of your day, you may wish to register for a free Reader Pass before the event.

These events are aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library. Each day focuses on a different thematic area of the Library’s collections – just select the one that will be most useful for your research. Booking essential.

This open day is being held with support from the Royal Musical Association. RMA student members are eligible to claim back the registration fee directly from the RMA. Please book your place via the British Library website and email for further information on claiming back the cost.

See the programme here.


Name: Doctoral Students Open Day 2018-2019 – Music
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
When:  – 
Price: Full Price: £10.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546

ADAPT to Grow: opportunity available for NIHR Infrastructure Academy Members

The NIHR Academy has partnered with the UCL Academic Careers Office to offer places at the ADAPT to Grow scheme – a resilience building programme for early career researchers. There are 10 places available and we ask you to encourage eligible NIHR Infrastructure Academy Members in your networks to register before the deadline on 3 December 2018.

The scheme is currently open to doctoral NIHR Academy Members from all professional backgrounds who are fully or partly (above 25%) funded by the BRCs, CLAHRCs and PSTRCs.

What is ADAPT to Grow?

This is an online training programme in resilience skills based on cognitive behavioural coaching for PhD students. The programme is proactive and collaborative in its approach and focuses on maximising your potential for a successful career. We all encounter difficulties and setbacks as our careers progress, and learning how to manage these and building resilience will help you reach your potential more quickly. This course has been particularly useful for individuals in a period of transition.

What are the benefits?

This programme will empower you to:

  • Boost your leadership skills and confidence
  • Successfully navigate the interface of the clinic and research
  • Build an effective and supportive network
  • Develop techniques that will help you cope with and manage work-related stress and anxiety

 How will the sessions work?

You will be allocated four one-hour Skype sessions with a coach trained in a proactive and collaborative cognitive behavioural coaching approach. You will have six months starting in January 2019 to complete your four sessions and you can space them out however you wish.

It’s entirely up to you to decide which work or career related topics you want to bring to the discussions. Prior to each session, some brief planning to identify the topic(s) you would like to focus upon will ensure that the time is used optimally and you obtain maximum benefit from your session.

The programme is free for eligible participants. For more information about the programme, please visit

How can I apply?

The scheme is currently open to doctoral trainees from any professional background who are fully or partly (above 25%) funded by the BRCs, CLAHRCs and PSTRCs. All candidates will be asked to say which part of the NIHR infrastructure, i.e. which BRC/CLAHRC/PSTRC, they are part of.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply by completing this short registration form –
The deadline for applications is on 03 December 2018.

 How are places allocated?

You will be asked in the application form to describe how you hope the scheme will benefit your personal development. All applications meeting the scheme aims will be considered for selection on the basis of geography, professional background and part of the infrastructure.

If you have any queries on eligibility, please contact the NIHR Academy Infrastructure Team via

Researcher Careers Fortnight 4 – 14 December

Our first ever QMUL researcher careers fortnight has just launched – 15 events over 14 days designed just for PhDs and ECRs.

Many of these are brand new careers workshops which will help you reflect on what’s important to you, plan for a fulfilling career and give you the edge in job applications. And, responding to your feedback, we’re running these across Mile End, Whitechapel and West Smithfield campuses.

Workshops include:

  • How do I decide what I want to do?
  • LinkedIn Secrets to generate job options
  • Career management for academic jobs
  • Strategic job hunting in the UK and abroad
  • How to start your own business
  • QConsult Researchers information session
  • Interview skills for the labour market

Places are booking fast – see poster for full details and book via

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PhD at The Alan Turing Institute – applications open

Queen Mary is a university partner of the Alan Turing Institute, which is seeking motivated graduates to apply for its fully funded doctoral studentship scheme commencing October 2019.

The Turing PhD programme offers all the benefits of completing a PhD at a world-class university, as well as a unique opportunity to study in a collaborative research space, while utilising the Turing’s position as the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

Turing students will have access to a wide range of exceptional benefits:

  • Spend time in both a university research environment and at The Alan Turing Institute.
  • Access to a range of training, events, seminars, reading groups and workshops delivered by leaders in research, government and industry.
  • Opportunities to collaborate on real-world projects for societal impact with current and emerging industry partners.
  • Expert support and guidance through all stages of the studentship, delivered by supervisors who are Fellows of the Turing or substantively engaged with the Turing.
  • Networking opportunities and brilliant minds researching a range of subjects with opportunities to collaborate and join or start interest groups.
  • Opportunities to supercharge your research with access to cutting edge resources.

Studentships include a generous tax-free stipend of £20,500 per annum, a travel allowance and conference fund, and tuition fees for a period of 3.5 years.

Find out more about the studentship and apply.

JSPS Summer Programme 2019

Application Deadline: 15 January 2019, 23:59 GMT
Fellowship to take place during fixed period: 11 June to 21 August 2019

The JSPS Summer Programme provides the opportunity for current MPhil or PhD students to receive a one week orientation on Japanese culture and research systems on arrival and then move to a host institution in Japan of their choice and approved by JSPS, to conduct collaborative research activities for 2 months during the summer.

For the 2019 Programme, 18 fellowship places are available for UK nationals.

Value of award: Return international airfare, maintenance allowance (534,000, JPY), research support allowance (158,500 JPY) and overseas travel and accident insurance policy are provided.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a UK national and a current MPhil or PhD student based at a UK university or research institution at the time of application. Eligible research fields are not limited.

Applications should be sent to the British Council Tokyo.
A link to application guidelines and form are available on the JSPS London website here:

Also reports written by former UK JSPS Summer Programme Fellows about their experiences of this programme can be found on the JSPS London website at the following link:

For any Enquiries please e-mail:

Life Sciences Initiative – Centre for Genomic Health PhD small grant award

The Centre for Genomic Health (CGH) is offering 2 small grants, each worth £5,000, to support the research of PhD students in labs affiliated with the Centre. These grants are designed to support projects close to the manuscript writing stage or strengthening a clinical fellowship application. The funds should be used to help finish off the final few necessary experiments.

Application Guidelines:

1. Must be written by PhD students (basic or clinical) in their 2nd, 3rd or final year, or clinical fellows working towards writing a fellowship application.

2. The project must be in the field of genomics (does not have to be restricted to human work).

3. PhD students that submit an application for these small grants must be first or joint-first author on the resulting manuscript.

4. Manuscripts based on work that is supported by these small grants should list the CGH as an official affiliation (in addition to the lab’s primary affiliation).

5. The application should be a maximum of one A4 page only. In this single page, please explain the project, a justification for the proposed experiment(s), timelines for manuscript/fellowship submission

6. Deadline is Friday 16 November 2018
(decisions will be announced by 3rd December 2018).

7. Successful applicants from previous round cannot apply.

8. Submissions should be sent to Naheedah Choudhury