Research Funding Opportunities

The All-Wales Academic Social Care Research Collaboration Academy (ASCCA) is pleased to announce funding for a number of PhD Fellowships in Social Care to commence in 2014. Applications are invited from eligible social care practitioners‚ managers and educators for up to 9 ASCCA funded fellowships. A minimum of two fellowships will be awarded to each of the collaborating Universities (Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea and the University of South Wales).

PhD appointments will be full-time for three years. Part-time applications will be considered at no less than three days per week commitment to study.

Applications can include studies into many aspects of social care. They should fall within one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Supporting the implementation of the Social Services and Wellbeing Bill.
  • Workforce development.
  • Citizen-directed support.
  • Prevention and early intervention.
  • Role of the 3rd sector in social care delivery.
  • Community development and Community capacity building.
  • Devolution and social care.

The programme of study will have a primary focus on quantitative research methods or use quantitative methods within a mixed methods study design.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants require a first degree (graded 2:1 or above) and/or a good Masters level degree in a relevant discipline (for example, social work, sociology, social policy, criminology, psychology, health and social care).
  • Applicants must be based within a Welsh social care Organisation or Welsh Higher Education Institution at the time of applying.

Recruitment for the PhD Fellowships will be managed by Bangor University with input
from all collaborating Universities.

The application process is in two stages:

  1. Completed applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 23'“ September 2013.Applications should be emailed to
  2. Applications will be reviewed by ASCCA panel members and shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview. Interviews will be held during October. Fellowships will commence from January 2014.

General enquiries may be addressed to either Catherine Robinson, ASCC National Lead (01248382238; or Lee Quinney, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of South Wales (01443483842;

For information about the specific opportunities, please contact the relevant institutions directly (details listed below).

Collaborating institutions and contacts:
Bangor University Diane Seddon‚ ASCC Regional Lead, North Wales (01248388220;
Cardiff University Sally Holland, Reader in Social Work (02920876910;
Swansea University - Judith Phillips, ASCC Regional Lead, South West Wales (01792 602341;
University of South Wales Lee Quinney, Senior Lecturer in Social Work (01443 483842;
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