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Proposals for Scholarships

The SEAHA Steering Committee considers and evaluates proposals for SEAHA scholarships. Typically, such proposals are submitted by one of the potential supervisors.

Each scholarship supports a unique project, designed in collaboration between at least one of the three collaborating universities, at least one industrial (or research) partner, and at least one heritage partner. The projects can be initiated by any partner, and after a Scholarship Agreement is signed, the project is advertised and the recruitment begins. This section provides more details on this process.

A SEAHA project proposal can be put forward to the SEAHA Steering Committee for approval throughout the academic year. In addition to financial criteria, the selection process takes into account the following criteria:

  • Innovative idea and clear relevance to the SEAHA Research Strands
  • Availability of academic, industrial and heritage supervision
  • Clear training path
  • Availability of co-funding

At the point of proposal definition, the supervisors agree a broad outline of the project. On the basis of this document, the recruitment advert is drafted.

After recruitment, the project is defined in more detail in discussion with the successful candidate, so that the student’s own research interests are taken into account as well. The recruitment process is led by the main academic supervisor and follows UCL regulations, since all students initially enrol at UCL. Depending on the project, some students then need to transfer to Oxford or Brighton.

Tripartite Supervision

In each project, collaboration between at least one university, one heritage institution and one company will ensure that the research is not only of a high academic standard but that it also responds to a real heritage/industrial need. This offers ample collaboration and placement opportunities for SEAHA students. Typically, each student will be supervised by Academic Supervisors, a Heritage Supervisor and an Industrial Supervisor – tripartite supervision.

SEAHA Project Proposal

A proposal must contain the following elements:

  1. Proposal title
  2. Justification: Describe the context and the background of the proposed research.
  3. Research questions: Provide a list of three to four research questions the project will aim to address.
  4. Research methodology: Explain how the research questions will be addressed, the research methods (e.g. tasks, techniques) and the role of partners in this proposal. Each proposal needs to have at least one university partner, one heritage partner and one industrial partner.
  5. Relevance to the SEAHA: Explain the relevance to at least one SEAHA Research Strand (Data Generation, Data to Knowledge, Knowledge to Enterprise).
  6. Risk assessment: Explain the risks of not achieving the desired outcomes of the proposed research.
  7. Supervision: Name the academic supervisor(s), heritage supervisor(s), industrial supervisor(s). If the academic supervisor is not named on the SEAHA website, please describe their field of expertise. Please also provide a summary CV for heritage and industrial supervisors.
  8. Academic entry criteria: Describe the preferred academic background of candidates.
  9. Training path: Specify the SEAHA stream (Materials, Environment, Digital), which elective research module(s) the student will be required to take in the MRes year (30 credits total), whether any training is required in addition to the MRes, e.g. specialist courses, and whether long stays away from the university where enrolled will be required. For the MRes course there is an indicative selection of elective research modules available.
  10. Funding: Specify the source of co-funding (minimum £10,000 per student per year).

For details on points 5, 6 and 8 please see the information on SEAHA Strands, SEAHA Academic Supervisors, SEAHA Training Streams and the SEAHA Student Handbook.

The project proposal should be no longer than 2 pages (2 cm margins, 11pt font).

The proposal (preferably PDF) should be submitted to the SEAHA Manager by e-mail. For a project to start in a given academic year, fully developed proposals should be submitted for evaluation by the Steering Committee no later than beginning of April of the same year. We encourage all potential applicants to contact the SEAHA Manager prior to the submission deadline. Please email the SEAHA Manager for details.

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