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Knowledge Exchange Skills Scholarship (KESS 2)

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS2) support doctoral, MPhil and research master's degree qualifications in all Welsh universities, jointly sponsored by external partners from Wales.

KESS 2 is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the higher education sector in Wales. It is part-funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF).

Key participation criteria

  • Research projects must be co-developed with an external partner with a base in Wales and demonstrate benefit to that region.
  • Projects must fit to one of the Welsh Government’s priority economic sectors:
    • ICT and digital economy
    • low carbon, energy and environment
    • life sciences and health
    • advanced engineering and materials.
  • If you receive a KESS2 scholarship you must also have a home or work address in the relevant region in Wales (East or West) when you apply and enrol.

Further information

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Information for prospective students

Find out about the current KESS2 which offer fully funded PhD, MRes and MPhil awards for qualifying students.

Information for partners and supervisors

How your organisation can benefit from KESS2, including requirements of participation and company factsheet and how to apply.

How to apply

Final call for PhD studentships for the KESS2 East scheme, with a 31 March 2019 deadline for submitting your proposal to KESS@cardiff.ac.uk, with Doctoral-Academy@cardiff.ac.uk copied in.

KESS2 East offers fully funded studentships with priority given to projects with SMEs and Large sector Partners where there is clear benefit to the East Wales region.

Quick points about KESS2 East:

  • projects with Health Board or Public Sector have to be led by an SME or charitable organisation
  • applications that result in cohesive student cohorts are encouraged e.g. working with the same organisation;working with multiple organisations on a common challenge
  • eligible students must prove residency in the East Wales region at the point of enrolment.

West and East MPhil and MRes applications can be submitted at any time. Priority will be given to MRes and MPhil proposal with micro-companies, SMEs, charitable organisations and large sector partners.

Academic supervisors must liaise with their School PGR/Research offices when preparing applications – applications should be submitted via the Academic School office to the Doctoral Academy at doctoral-academy@cardiff.ac.uk with School approval.

Please download the project application form to apply.

Priority will be given to private sector partners and partners who have not previously received KESS2 funding.

Current KESS2 vacancies.

Contact us

Esther Meadows

Finance and Compliance Project Officer

Our funders

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the Higher Education sector in Wales. It is part-funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF).