SPARK program is designed to offer a dynamic and innovative model of professional and scientific development at a doctoral level that proactively trains researchers in the skills and competencies necessary to maximize the potential of these 3i partnerships. SPARK is a Horizon2020 funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie doctoral training program that supports interdisciplinary PhD students at Queen’s University Belfast. PhD students funded within Marie Sklodowska-Curie programs have the title of Early Stage Researcher (ESR).
Scholarships are available only for Ph.D. programs and this year will be up to 10 scholarships awarded to the students with the best results shown. All international students are available to apply. To be eligible to apply for this scholarship,the following criteria must be in order:
The minimum requirement for eligibility for consideration will be equivalent to a UK 2.1 Hons degree/equivalent or Masters Completion. Universities have the discretion to choose the methods by which they assess the English language competence of students. Queen’s University will continue to accept the IELTS Academic (both SELT and non-SELT), and TOEFL Internet-based tests for direct admission to undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs, if taken within the past two years.
The SPARK program offers a generous remuneration package based on a basic per annum salary of £21,917.17 with pension or £25,576.45 without a pension. For further information on the remuneration package, students should contact Ms Aveen Lavery, EC Research Finance Manager (a.lavery-at-qub.ac.uk).
The application deadline for 2017/2018 academic year is 11 August,2017.