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    Hi,

    I'm looking for some advice from people who have been funded to do PhDs in the social sciences, particularly Politics/International Relations. I'm currently considering applying for 2012 but don't have a clear idea of how stiff the competition is, and if I am being realistic even considering it.

    I have a first from a Russell group uni, but my average was only 70%. I don't get the impression that high averages are common in social science subjects, but I could be wrong. I'm currently doing an MSc at Edinburgh, and on the assignments back so far I've got mid 60s to mid 70s.

    I'm fairly sure I could get strong references, and hopefully put together a good proposal. I'm looking for internships for next year with a political research element, to further strengthen the application. I know a lot depends on the dissertation element of my MSc, but I'm concerned that my results so far aren't good enough and make it unlikely that I'd get funding.

    So I'm asking, is there anything else I could do to improve my application? Has anyone with a similar academic record received funding for research, or do only people with really high marks have a chance?

    I'm really stressed about it so I'd like to know if I'm losing sleep unnecessarily, or should just give up on the idea and consider another career path.

    Any advice or personal experience would be very much appreciated, thanks
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    1st at undergraduate and distinction at masters and you have a good a chance as anybody!
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    It is hard to get funding, so you should start looking for universities or departments that have scholarships for the particular area that you are interested in researching. ESRC is the obvious place to look for funding, but some universities will have other funds for specific projects. Your results should be fine - if you have a first and you are getting good marks at the moment then I don't see that that would cause a problem.
 
 
 
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