Departmental PhD Scholarship – GTA

Job Title: Departmental PhD Scholarship – GTA

Department: Information School, University of Sheffield

Deadline for applications: Monday 8th January 2020 at 5pm

The Information School at the University of Sheffield, ranked second in the World and first in Europe for Library and Information Studies in the QS World University Rankings 2019, is advertising for up to two funded PhD Scholarships to start in semester two of the 2019/20 Academic Year, or semester one of the 2020/21 Academic Year.

The successful applicant(s) will be expected to provide up to 180 hours of teaching support per academic year. Payment for teaching support will be made in addition to bursary and fees, at the rate set by the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) scheme.

We welcome applications for research in any of our research specialisms, but we particularly encourage applicants to develop one of the projects outlined below into a full PhD research proposal:

Proposed Supervision Team Project
Pamela Abbott & Stephen Pinfield Open Science in the Global South
Briony Birdi & Andrea Jimenez Decolonising the Library and Information Science curriculum
Val Gillet & Antonio de la Vega de Leon Exploring Chemical Space using Artificial Intelligence

Research Environment

When you undertake a research degree with the Information School, you can be assured that you are getting not only world-class supervision, but also exceptional facilities. In the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework) the Information School was the top-ranked department of its kind for its research environment.

We have a vibrant research culture, with regular research seminars from expert speakers from around the world. You will join one of our seven active research groups, giving you the chance to regularly discuss your work and ideas with colleagues and academic staff. As part of your PhD you will undertake the Social Sciences Doctoral Training programme, which is a flexible, ongoing training plan, tailored to your individual needs.

You will have the opportunity to gain professional recognition for your teaching, becoming an Associate Fellow or Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). If you choose to study at Sheffield, you will become part of a dynamic research and teaching community and play a key role in the academic life of the school. More information about the department can be found at

Application procedure:

1. Candidates should complete an application for admission as a PhD student at

2. Applications should include: a CV detailing their academic record (max. 2 pages); a fully developed PhD proposal following Information School specifications); academic transcripts; and two references.

3. Candidates should submit a 300-word teaching statement where they identify the modules and areas of teaching across the Information School MA/ MSc Programmes that they would feel confident to support through leading seminars, assisting in practical labs, and marking. In their statement, candidates are invited to describe personal expectations, priorities and conceptions about teaching and learning. This can include concrete examples of how candidates would approach teaching (e.g. large groups), decide teaching and learning methods, guide/ interact with students in tutorials, etc. Previous experience of teaching will be valued, and candidates can provide a description of primary role and contribution. The statement is submitted through this form.

For further details about the application procedure please contact the Information School’s PhD admissions team on

Entry Requirements:

Applicants are required to hold a strong Master's Degree (or be working towards Master's degree at the time of application), with an overall grade of 60% from a UK institution (or equivalent from an overseas university), with a minimum of 60% in a research project/dissertation.

English Language Requirements:

A degree from a University classed as 'majority English speaking' by UK Visas and Immigration. If this is dated more than five years prior to your proposed start date, we may require an up-to-date qualification.


An appropriate English language qualification, obtained in the last two years, that meets our minimum entry requirements:

Overall Score 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Writing 6.0

Details of other qualifications recognised by the University can be found on the English language requirements webpage. However, please be aware that our entry requirements are above the standard minimum listed on these pages. Please contact us for further information if you have an English language qualification other than IELTS.


The successful applicant will receive an annual maintenance stipend at the standard UK Research Council rate (£15,009 for 2019/20). The funding will only cover the cost of Home/EU tuition fees and any successful international applicants would need to pay the difference between the home/EU fee and the international fee. Information on the School’s current PhD fees can be found on the University website: