PhD Studentship for International Applicants at Aston University in UK, 2016

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Applications are invited for a three year postgraduate studentship supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Nonlinearity and Complexity Research Group at Aston University.  Successful applicants will work on the project entitle “disorder-induced superconductivity in quasi-1D strongly correlated systems” which will start in October 2016. This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,057 in 2015/16. The application deadline is 14th December 2015.

Study Subject(s): Studentship is available for the topic: Disorder-induced superconductivity in quasi-1D strongly correlated systems.
Course Level: Studentship is awarded for pursuing PhD programme.
Scholarship Provider: Aston University
Scholarship can be taken at: UK

Eligibility:  The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Theoretical Physics. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of the Quantum Many-body Theory.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Home/EU and overseas applicants are eligible to apply for this studentship.

Scholarship Description: Applications are invited for a three year Postgraduate studentship, supported the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Nonlinearity and Complexity Research Group http://www.aston.ac.uk/ncrg at Aston University. The successful applicant will join an established theoretical group working on statistical physics of quantum and classical complex systems.

Number of award(s):  Not Known

Duration of award(s): Studentship is awarded for three years.

What does it covers? This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,057 in 2015/16. Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £11,448.  As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or, secured this additional funding, or Confirmation that this funding support is in place will be required as part of the application process.

Selection criteria: When writing your proposal you should consider the following points:
-A proposed title of the research topic
-Overview of the research area – You should provide a brief abstract of your intended research topic.
-Development of the research problem – Demonstrate the practical importance of your research design and provide a brief but focused review of relevant research. In your review, highlight current thinking and research relating to the project and the gaps within this research.
-Methodology – This section should demonstrate preliminary ideas about the project and how you intend to implement your research. You should specify and justify the approach you feel will be most appropriate.
-Research planning and timelines – demonstrate your understanding of the need for planning and provide rough timelines detailing how you intended to structure your research.

Notification: Applicants that are unsuccessful will be notified by letter. The most common reasons for an applicant to be unsuccessful are that either you do not meet our entry criteria, or no-one suitable is available to supervise you at this moment in time. You may reapply at a later date if you have improved your qualifications, English Language ability, or your research interests have changed.

How to Apply: The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements, (including the English language level) are available on the Aston University website. Please include the following supporting documents with your application form:
-Transcripts of degrees and copies of certificates
-Two academic references from your most recent academic institution, or details of two referees that you are happy for us to contact. If arranging your own references, please provide your referees with this Reference Form
-If English is not your first language, your IELTS or TOEFL score (or test date if you have yet to sit the examinations)
-We may not be able to reach a decision on your application if any of these documents are missing.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 14 December 2015.

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