Westmere Scholarships 2021-22

We are delighted to announce ten Westmere Scholarships, to support our postgraduate community until the end of July 2022. If you are passionate about delivering research events, building supportive communities and you want to boost your experience base and CV, then you might just have what it takes to be a Westmere Scholar.  

Who can be a Westmere Scholar?

The University Graduate School are looking for ten postgraduate researchers (PGRs) who can engage with postgraduate communities, initiate and deliver community building activities, and help plan and deliver an online Postgraduate Researcher Festival in June.

The Scholarships are open to any University of Birmingham postgraduate researcher who is currently normally registered and intends to remain normally registered until the end of July 2022. 

The Scholarship runs until July 2022 and confers a £2,500 bursary. To take full advantage of the opportunity and make a valuable contribution to the scheme, the successful scholars will need to regularly commit a meaningful amount of their time. This commitment will vary throughout the year but should average to be approximately half a day a week. However, the role is flexible and every effort will be made to accommodate Scholar’s research commitments.

We are looking for PGRs who can think more broadly than their own discipline and show an understanding of postgraduate research issues. Experience of organising and promoting events would be an advantage.

You can read the detailed Terms and Conditions to ensure you are eligible and read the full shortlisting criteria in our Supporting Information document.

What is Westmere?

The Westmere Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) Hub at the University of Birmingham, Westmere House (G15 on the campus map), enables PGRs from across the University to integrate and cooperate, intellectually and socially. Westmere supports PGR-led interdisciplinary workshops and conferences, social events, training, and networking.  Scholars are required to work remotely and provide on campus event support.

The Westmere Scholars will need to lead the way in bringing this community feeling into suitable physical spaces as we return to campus, whilst retaining a strong virtual community.

How to apply

Applications are completed online and will need to include:

  • Your full name, student ID number and College.
  • A short (500-750 word) supporting statement showing your potential to support the key aims of the Westmere Scholarship Scheme outlined in the Supporting Document.
  • A short CV showing education and employment history.

Applicants must confirm they have the support of their supervisory team.  Supervisor details are requested as part of the application form and they will be contacted prior to interview. 

The closing date for applications is 23:59pm on Sunday 8th August 2021.

If shortlisted, you will be invited to a 1hr group task followed by an individual ‘get to know you’ chat.  You must be available on the 12th or 13th August to be shortlisted.

 If successful you will be invited to start the scholarship in the week commencing 16th August.

Supporting Westmere Scholarship Applications

We welcome applications from across the PGR Community. For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Katie Mill, PG Community Engagement Manager (k.e.mill@bham.ac.uk)

To support you through the application process our colleagues in Careers have arranged a dedicated virtual workshop. 

Tuesday 27 July, 9:30 – 11:00
How to write a great Westmere Scholarship application (workshop)
Online: Zoom

Get top tips on how to put together a Westmere Scholarship application that will attract the short-listers’ attention at this application workshop.

The workshop will help you:

1)      Identify what the short-listers are looking for in your application

2)      Recognise what makes a strong application, by comparing and contrasting some example applications

3)      Apply the advice covered to your own application

The tips covered will also be useful for you when you come to writing future applications for jobs, postdocs and other opportunities. To register to attend the workshop, please email graduateschool@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Please read the detailed Terms and Conditions to ensure you are eligible and read the full shortlisting criteria in our Supporting Information document before making an application.

 Westmere Scholarship Application Form 





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