ORGANISATION NAMECardiff University
ORGANISATION COUNTRYUnited Kingdom
RESEARCH FIELDProfessions and applied sciences
Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part-funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.
What is funded
Tuition fee support: Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend: The KESS2 scholarship will provide a stipend of £11,472 a year for MPhil studentships, (exact figures subject to confirmation.)
Additional funding offered: Funding is provided to cover items such as research consumables, training and travel to conferences.
Residency: UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria: You must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First class or Upper Second Class degree in a relevant discipline.
Applicants must have a home or work address in the West Wales and the Valleys region at the time of their application for KESS funding and their enrolment for the course of study (see details):
- have a home or work address in the West Wales and the Valleys region at the time of their application for KESS2 funding and their enrolment for the course of study
- have a legal right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the KESS2 support, and the right to take up paid work in the WWV region on completion of the scholarship
- be classified as a ‘home’ or ‘EU’ student.
The Convergence area covers West Wales and the Valleys, and is made up of the following 15 local authorities:
- Isle of Anglesey
- Neath Port Talbot
- Rhondda Cynon Taf
- Merthyr Tydfil
- Blaenau Gwent
Eligible students must be able to provide documentary evidence of a home or work address in the West Wales and the Valleys region of Wales at the time of their KESS2 application and enrolment for study.
Applicants must also be prepared to provide proof of identity and income as part of the stipend assessment process. Further details are available from the KESS2 Office.