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Student Research Fellowship Programme – University of Reading

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Student Research Fellowship Programme

The Student Research Fellowship Programme aims to enhance the research skills of students. The premise is to recognise students as a key asset of the Department and offer, based on merit, a series of activities inserted within a well-defined and visible programme.


Students and staff represent key assets of the Department. The Student Research Fellowship Programme creates a space for these two sources of talents to come closer together and benefit from each other, not in the traditional teaching environment but through research-oriented activities.

Every year the Department invites students, who have completed Part 2 and who would be interested in pursuing a research career, to join the Fellowship Programme. The selective programme is limited to 5 students per year and selection is based on merit. Students applying to the programme should be interested in research and pursuing a research career (whether in universities, international, public, voluntary or private sector organizations) and therefore keen to develop their research skills through the activities offered by the programme.

Students selected for the programme will be offered a range of activities, all aimed at exposing them to a range of research skills, including the relatively more technical research tools and wider research skills such as communication, presentation and research management.

Programme activities

Mentoring and advice

Each selected student will be assigned a mentor from the academic staff of the Economics Department. The mentor will provide advice and help to the student on a variety of issues, including suggesting papers to read on a topic which the student finds interesting, discussing these papers with the students, writing recommendation letters when applying to PhD programmes, advising which PhD programmes to choose and available training courses.

Research Centre association and allowance

Students become associated with one of the research centres or groups in the Department and will be expected to actively participate in and contribute to a range of specific activities of the research centre, i.e. conferences, seminars and workshops. This will allow them to develop their research management and organisation skills.

Students will be endowed with a small research allowance of £200,  which can be used to attend training courses, seminars, classes and conferences in discussion with the mentor.

Technical research skills

  • Research project: selected students will be enrolled in a research project, supervised by the mentor. This could be based on existing research that the mentor is undertaking that the student could work on and provide research assistance on. It could include data collection, literature review, data analysis and writing. If the student has chosen to carry out a dissertation in Part 3, we will consider whether the research project could be linked to the dissertation module and therefore be credit bearing.
  • Research software: students will be given the opportunity to develop skills in using research statistical software.

Research presentation and communication

  • Seminar series: students are encouraged to actively participate in the weekly external and internal research seminars and PhD seminar series.
  • Dedicated talks: members of staff will regularly give talks to the students enrolled on the programme. These talks explore their research methods and approach, and the way they developed as researchers.


The Department is keen that the students in the programme take further steps to nurture positive values of collaboration and citizenship. In this respect, it will develop activities that students are highly encouraged to participate in, such as helping other students, for instance providing advice to visitors from secondary schools and visitors at Open Days.

Selection Process

Interested students must apply by 5pm on Friday 29th June 2018 by email to

Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • The overall mark at Part 1 results (weighted 25%)
  • The overall mark at Part 2 results (weighted 50%)
  • A Statement of Purpose, not exceeding 500 words and outlining the reasons for your application to the programme and the ways in which you think you can benefit from it (weighted 25%) and any economic areas you feel particularly interested in.


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