Starting from academic year 2014-15, the Stair Society will offer an annual bursary of £3000 to a postgraduate student in the fourth year of completing a PhD, to facilitate the completion of a PhD thesis in the history of Scots law, broadly understood.At the time of application eligible postgraduates will be registered at a UK or Irish university, will normally have completed no more than three years of full-time doctoral study, or be at an equivalent stage of part-time study, and will be expected to satisfy a judging panel that their thesis will be submitted during the academic year following the award of the Bursary.
The bursary is intended to offer a measure of support to postgraduates who are no longer eligible for support from other funding bodies. It may be used for subsistence costs, or research trips, or to attend conferences.
Applications should be made by 1 September 2014 to the Secretary of the Society, Tom Drysdale, by email attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org. These should include: a) a letter of application explaining the stage of completion of the thesis with an appended outline (up to 1,000 words) of the applicant's doctoral thesis; b) a CV; c) details of any other funding which the candidate is receiving towards their studies; d) two academic references; and e) a sample of written work of not more than 6,000 words. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file. Candidates will be notified by 1 October of the outcome of their applications, which will be assessed by a panel nominated by the Society's Council.
The successful applicant will also receive a year’s membership of the Stair Society which includes access to the Society’s publications via HeinOnline and complimentary copies of the Society’s publications issued during the year. Further information about membership is on the membership page of the Society’s website, at http://stairsociety.org/membership. A successful candidate will be required to present a 400-word report to the Council on their research covering the use made of the bursary within two months of the end of their fourth year of study. This will be published on the Society’s website. Successful candidates will also be required to acknowledge the support of the Stair Society in their thesis and any relevant publication.