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Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships

​KESS2 & KESS2 East 



The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships KESS2 scheme will partner over 500 businesses with academics and postgraduate research students to develop innovative research projects aimed at driving business growth.

The £36m EU-backed scheme to develop post-graduate research and innovation skills in partnership with small and medium-sized businesses has been announced by the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones.

The map for the area that is eligible can be found here .

Cardiff Met has sub-projects underway in West Wales and the Valleys, and has the opportunity for further projects in East Wales. At this point, KESS2 East programme funding is not confirmed, but Cardiff Metropolitan University has been encouraged to recruit projects for 2019 start dates and expect confirmation of funding within the next month. 

There will be three calls for sub-projects in line with our three enrolment periods. Informed by experience with previous calls, this call will remain open until September 2019 but with various termly cut-off dates as follows:

KESS2 EW call deadlinePhD enrolment
​16th November 2018​14th January 2019
​15th February 2019​29th April 2019
​28th June 2019​23rd September 2019 (TBC)


There will be no KESS2 East Wales PhD intake after September 2019, whereas, MRes sub-projects can start at any enrolment point up until September 2021.  Sub-projects will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

The text of the application form is the same as previous calls but the company contributions and sub-project budget for East Wales are different. 

You can find all of the information you need below:

​Factsheet

Please read the factsheet below for more information for businesses, companies and organisations:

Eligibility

To be eligible for ESF funding sub projects must adhere to the following criteria:

  • ​Be scoped in partnership with a company partner.

  • Project activity must be in the competitive region of Wales.​

  • The company partner will have to contribute an annual cash contribution between £5,500 - £7k +VAT (depending on company size).

  • Sub projects must fit within one of the WG grand challenge areas : Life Sciences & Health; Low Carbon, Energy & Environment ; ICT & Digital Economy; Advanced Engineering & Materials.​

  • Must lead to a Masters by Research; MRes or PhD qualification.​

  • Must be completed in 3.5 years for PhD; 1year 3 months for Research Masters.​

Once proposed sub projects have been approved, a scholarship will be offered.

​The scholarship offers the eligible participant (student) :​

  • A mon​thly stipend in line with RCUK rates : 3 years of funding @ £14,002 per year for PhD; one year funding @ £11,313 for Research Masters.

  • University tuition fees are waived by Cardiff Metropolitan University,​

  • An opportunity to access a suite of higher level skills training and attendance at a residential KESS Grad School. All participants must complete the KESS Postgraduate Skills Development Award.

  • A minimum of 30 days a year working with the company partner on their allocated project.​

  • Standard KESS budget for other research project related costs (travel, consumables and equipment).​

  • Student must complete and submit their thesis in 3.5 years for PhD; 1year 3 months for Research Masters.​​

  • Applicants should be resident in the competitiveness area of Wales ​on appointment, and should have the right to work in the region on qualification

​Due to the limited time remaining for the completion of the KESS2 Project:

  • There will be no call for Expressions of Interest, instead all applications will proceed straight to full application form (this form is unchanged from previous calls)
  • A scholar is to be named on the application form (please seek advice from KESS@cardiffmet.ac.uk if this is not possible)
  • All PhD sub-projects will be expected to start in January 2019, April 2019 or September 2019 (the correct level of stipend for a PhD is shown using the drop-down box on the Budget form). MRes sub-projects can begin up until September 2021.

KESS2 - PhD Scholarship Vacancies

Please see our open applications for KESS2 Scholarships, please ensure you have checked the eligibility criteria prior to applying which can be found in the above dropdown list.

​Application forms and Guidance notes

All PhD sub-projects will be expected to start in January 2019, April 2019 or September 2019 (the correct level of stipend for a PhD is shown using the drop-down box on the Budget form). MRes sub-projects can begin up until September 2021.