Each organisation has a local Management Board representative. Your local Management Board (MB) Representatives are:
The Mission for the STARS College is to create a novel and unique national training experience for the next generation of soil scientists.
We encourage collaborative and multidisciplinary applications in all areas of soil science, with a strategic focus on four thematic areas:
Projects addressing theme 4 are particularly encouraged this year.
The full and original submitted proposal can be found here and the summary that was presented to NERC and BBSRC is available here as PowerPoint slides.
Calls are now invited for proposals to be submitted, using the STARS application form, by 4 pm on 30th September to your local MB Representative. Each local organization is responsible for sifting the 4 best proposals that are then sent forward for further consideration and sifting by the MB during October.
The management board will then select up to 4 projects per organisation to go forward for advertising.
Please note that if your proposal is selected for advertisement, candidates can be considered for multiple projects during the application and interview process to ensure the highest quality students are granted studentships.
Projects must have a lead supervisor from the submitting organization and at least one additional collaborating supervisor from a second institution within the STARS College; supervisors are strongly encouraged to include a non-STARS partner in the supervision team. The students will be registered at one of the 4 STARS HEIs, where one of the supervisors will be based. There is no upper limit on the total number of supervisors but all members of the supervision team should make an active contribution. Projects will be selected on the basis of strategic fit to the STARS thematic areas, multi-disciplinarity, and the potential for some inspired training for the students. If you are unsure of whether your project falls within the STARS remit please discuss this with your MB representative.
Specific criteria for proposal selection are:
The aim, following advertising the projects, is to select one student per organisation, with the exception of Nottingham, Bangor and Lancaster, who will select two students, due to match funding provided by the host organisations.
There will be a core stipend and RTSG for 8 NERC/BBSRC studentships commencing October 2017, for a duration of 3.5 years. Each of these will receive a total £7500 RTSG for the 3.5 years. There will be the opportunity to bid for additional RTSG money if necessary on an ad hoc case by case basis, to be agreed by the STARS MB. It would be helpful if you could signal the likelihood and extent to which this will be required in the initial project proposal, if possible.
In addition to the 8 NERC/BBSRC students, Lancaster, Bangor and Nottingham are also funding one matched studentship each. In the event that your student is allocated to a matched studentship, you need to be aware that although the stipend is covered and the student will be trained as part of the cohort, the arrangements for RTSG allocation depends on local arrangements with your University and the STARS MB.
Each student is required to:
Lead supervisors will be required to:
Failure to comply will render the PI ineligible for future STARS calls.
Although we don’t use the metrics on ‘early career scientists’ in our selection criteria, we do wish to gather this information as part of reporting to NERC and BBSRC. Early career scientist supervisors are defined as < 5 years since 1st academic appointment or on a fixed-term research contract that outlasts the duration of the studentship.
Soils Training And Research Studentships
The NERC-BBSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in soil science.