STFC will support the following schools:
- Introductory Course in Astronomy for New Research Students
- British Universities Summer School in Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics
- Introductory Course in Solar and Solar-terrestrial Physics
- Nuclear Physics Summer School (every second year)
- High Energy Physics summer schools
These courses and schools listed will be expected to submit a satisfactory bid, should they wish to have support in 2024.
All other proposed summer schools or online training will be considered in competition for the remaining budget. Priority will be given to schools in areas not covered by the fundamental schools.
Courses or schools must be held in a core research activity supported by the STFC studentships programme:
- solar and planetary science
- particle astrophysics
- particle physics
- accelerator science
- nuclear physics
Courses must be aimed primarily at STFC-funded PhD students. Every student should have the opportunity to attend a STFC-supported summer school. Courses of a specialist technical nature will not be supported.
Expected course content
Bids should include sufficient detail and address what the course aims to deliver in terms of content and how this links to the STFC science programme. Refer to the guidance document (PDF, 177KB) for full details of the expected content and ensure there are elements of public engagement in the school.
If you require any content advice, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Costs and financial restrictions
Organisers should aim to keep the cost per student below £150 per student per day. However, some consideration will be made for overheads where the cost may exceed this figure where specific justifications are provided.
Please note the following financial restrictions within the summer school template:
- lecturer fees: a maximum of £170 per day or £85 per half day, as appropriate
- conference dinner: a maximum of £50 (£60 in London) per delegate in total for conference dinner or excursion, or both
- management fees: if you are using postdoctoral research assistants or PhD students to manage the school, you may claim costs at the appropriate hourly rate or you can claim a one off £500 management fee
- contingency costs: 5% of the total cost or £1,500 (whichever is the least)
Equality, diversity and inclusion
Organisers of an STFC-funded summer school are required to ensure that the arrangements for the school:
- comply with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) key principles of the UKRI equality and diversity policy
- place no barriers in the way of participation by students from any of the protected groups (gender, disability and race)
- involve no discrimination or bias against any of the protected groups in the selection of lecturers
Learn more about equality, diversity and inclusion.