Study in Germany?

germany_flag_perspective_800_1520All you need to know if you’re interested in studying, doing research, or teaching in Germany from DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service – whether you’re an undergraduate, postgraduate, researcher or senior academic.  They also run a number of Special Programmes.

The website also gives some funding and placement resources.

Need PhD funding?

piggybankPostgraduateStudentships PhD Funding Fair 2017
4 December 2017

Central LondonVenue to be advised to successful applicants only

  • Dedicated event focusing on the needs of potential PhD students
  • Face-to-face opportunity to discuss your PhD plans and aspirations
  • Meet over 20 high quality Universities with PhD funding to offer
  • Chat to current PhD students about their experience of looking for and being a PhD student in our ​unique and ever popular PhD Student Peer to Peer Advice Room​
  • Attend talks on how to apply for a PhD and funding

Specialist Subject Sessions: The Fair is divided into two subject Sessions:
​The Morning Session covers PhD funding in the Arts and Humanities, Law, Management and Social Sciences.
The Afternoon Session covers PhD funding across the range of Science and Engineering subjects.

As this is a specialist Fair, and we have limited spaces in both the morning and afternoon Sessions, you will need to have applied, been accepted, and have received a personal invitation to the Fair, in order to attend.

Free to attend, but you should apply sooner rather than later as places are limited.  Register –

UK-Japan research

Join the JSPS London network for Japanese researchers based in the UK – open japanese-cherry-treesto visiting Japanese scholars as well as tenured Japanese academics based at UK institutions.  It’s free to join with events and funding schemes exclusive to members.  Register at

The Science and Innovation Network Japan (SIN Japan) have produced a booklet (2016) Sources of funding 4th edition which is a guide to funding sources available to facilitate collaboration between the UK and Japan – from funding for travel and networking, to research exchange, international fellowships and major research grants. It’s available in English and Japanese and can be downloaded at

Useful resources:

Decisions, decisions… should I do a PhD?

qmarkThese resources on may help you to decide:

  • PhD Video Blogs: Get a real insight into life as a PhD student
    Short films of PhD students at various stages of their PhD and locations around the world.  The vlogs, or video blogs, will cover everything from starting a PhD, moving abroad to do a PhD, finding funding opportunities to viva preparation and finding your first academic job.
  • Postgraduate Options – Is a PhD for me?
    A 60-minute live online video event with a group of expert panelists who shared their insights and top tips on doing a PhD, the routes to doing a doctorate, how to find PhD opportunities and how to compose a good application.
  • PhD career ebooks and toolkits
    hould I do a PhD?; Career planning for PhDs; 10 Career paths for PhDs

What kind of lawyer do you want to be?

Solicitor? Barrister?

legal_lawDo high-value commercial deals get you excited?
Helping to patent exciting new technologies?
Assisting families and people in need with their problems?

  • Find out about the different types of lawyer and what they do
  • Identify firm that practice in the areas of interest to you
  • Learn about those firms and chambers

Where can you do this?  Take a look at the Training Contract and Pupillage Handbook (TCPH) for basic information or come into the PDC and pick up a copy!

Next step

Before you start your applications for work experience, training contracts or pupillage do some more research, eg in the legal press and firms/chambers’ websites.

Need funding?

leverhulme_1116The Leverhulme Trust provides funding for research projects, fellowships, studentships, bursaries and prizes; it operates across all the academic disciplines, aiming being to support talented individuals as they realise their personal vision in research and professional training.

The Study Abroad Studentships scheme supports students who wish to undertake a period of advanced study or research at a centre of learning anywhere in the world except the UK and the USA,  and applications are currently being accepted for awards commencing from June 2017.  Find out more….