Rationale and criteria for the award
This award scheme will support ACCE DTP students to prepare and submit a high quality manuscript. It is recognized that 3.5 years of PhD studies provides little time to publish research findings. The goal of the scheme is to reward students that are on track to submit their thesis on time by providing them with the opportunity to disseminate their best work in the scientific literature.
Applicants are expected to show that they are on track to submit their thesis on time, but that the extension would give them enough additional time to complete a single paper to a high standard. The scheme is not intended to support new directions of research or data collection for their thesis but can include additional or revised analysis of already collected data. Students normally apply for a 2 months extension (with up to 3 months allowed if it is justified) beyond the standard 3.5 years supported by ACCE. The duration of the extension should be sufficient to complete and submit the paper, but is not expected to cover the time waiting for and responding to referees’ comments.
Applicants should be aware that the ACCE DTP does not have sufficient resources to support every ACCE-funded student with this scheme. Extensions will be awarded by the ACCE DTP Management Board review group on a competitive basis, where scientific excellence is the guiding principle in the decision process.
The award offer will be determined on the basis of the following pieces of evidence:
- Evidence that their PhD thesis will be submitted on time with detailed progress report on type of data, analyses and results included in each chapter, and a timeline for completing the PhD if an extension is not granted;
- Clear plans with milestones and timeline for writing a publication if an extension is granted, including a figure or table showing key results of the paper;
- Proposed abstract of the paper;
- Outline of contents, explaining the scientific significance and how this makes an important contribution to new knowledge in a way that would be evident to a non-specialist;
- Targeted journal
To be eligible, students should be at the end of their third year, have completed data collection and analysis and have their thesis in near completion stage.
Friday 22nd January 2021