Celebrating Impact Prize 2019

The 2019 Celebrating Impact Prize is now open for applications. This is ESRC’s annual opportunity to recognise and reward ESRC-funded researchers who’ve created or enabled outstanding impact from social science research.

The Prize is open to current and previous ESRC-supported researchers, including doctoral students, and there are six Prize categories including Outstanding Early Career Impact.

We celebrate researchers at all career stages whose actions have supported changes in practice, thinking or capacity that create a positive impact in our society, economy and in our lives, in the UK and internationally.

All finalists have a film professionally made about their work and its impact, and winners are awarded £10,000 to spend on further knowledge exchange, public engagement or other impact related activities.

The deadline for applications is 16:00 on Tuesday 8th January 2019. More information and application forms can be found at:


Sacral Space Theology – Art – History: Call for Papers

Catholic Theological Faculty Charles University has announced a call for papers for the international conference for doctoral students. The conference will take place on 11 April 2019.

The conference is intended for all Czech and international doctoral students on full-time or part-time study programmes in the fields of art history, theology, literature, music, and other cultural and historical disciplines. The aim of the conference is to enable students to present the results of their research so far, to introduce new and current insights based on their work on their dissertation, to compare their methodological approaches, and thus to support their research activities.

For more information please see the Call for Papers PDF and Application Form.


Global Entrepreneurship Week at UCL 12 – 18 November 2018

Global Entrepreneurship Week (12 to 18 November 2018) is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. 

This year, UCL is celebrating by hosting a range of exciting and inspiring events. At these free events you’ll be able to hear from inspirational entrepreneurs as they share their entrepreneurial journeys so far, see and talk to UCL’s entrepreneurial talent, build on your own business ideas, and network with like-minded peers.

Find out more at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/enterprise/news/2018/oct/celebrate-global-entrepreneurship-week-2018-ucl


Home Office Seminar Expression of Interest

The Home Office has an exciting opportunity for doctoral students to present their research findings.



Home Office Analysis and Insight is a directorate within the Home Office employing more than 350 analysts, including social and operational researchers, economists, statisticians and data scientists. Their role is to provide the best possible evidence to underpin policy-making, working in high profile areas such as crime and policing, counter-terrorism, extremism, borders and migration.

We engage closely with the academic community and are keen to keep up with the latest research findings, therefore we’d like to invite doctoral students working in relevant areas to present their research to us.  This opportunity would most likely benefit students in the later stages of their PhD, who have collected their data and are in the process of analysis or writing up. The seminars would last around an hour, with 40 minutes for a presentation by the student and 20 minutes for questions and discussion.  They can be arranged at a time convenient for the student in our offices in Central London or Croydon from April 2019 onwards.



  1. To inform Home Office policy makers of research which may support innovative policy making in their respective policy areas.
  2. To establish relationships between the department and researchers in criminology, crime prevention, migration, and or terrorism developing researchers’ understanding of how their research can be of most use to policy makers.


Benefits to students

This would be a good opportunity for doctoral students to help shape their research to be of use to policymakers and impact critical decision making which ultimately benefits the public and gain experience of presenting research to a policy-focused audience.  It could also provide useful networking opportunities for their future careers. We can pay reasonable travel expenses (a basic return train fare/mileage and arrange refreshments as required.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate overnight stay and other expenses?).

Students should submit expressions of interest to CentreofExcellence2@homeoffice.gov.uk we will also be happy to answer any questions relating to this opportunity. Expressions of interest should include the title of the research and an abstract of no more than 250 words.  This does not have to be the final abstract for the presentation, but should include a brief description of the research area and questions, its methodology and any findings to date. You should also indicate your year of study.

We aim to provide a supportive environment for students to present work in progress, so the PhD does not have to be completed to present. Presenters should be currently enrolled in or have recently completed a doctoral programme, either full or part-time, and can be funded from any source. Please feel free to circulate this email to your networks.


The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 30th of November 2018 and we aim to provide brief feedback to all interested students by Friday 25th January 2019.


ESRC writing competition 2018-19 in partnership with SAGE publishing

The ESRC writing competition aims to encourage and reward outstanding written communication by ESRC-funded students.

Are you an ESRC-funded student? Are you keen to communicate your research to a wider audience? Then the ESRC writing competition, in partnership with SAGE Publishing, is for you.

We want to hear from you about your research: we are keen to support and reward outstanding written communication.

In a change to previous eligibility requirements, the competition is only open to students who are in receipt of ESRC funding on 7 December 2018.

Full details at esrc.ukri.org/writingcomp