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Principal's Career Development Scholars

This new university-wide scholarship scheme offers a valuable opportunity for postgraduate research students to undertake a package of training and development in addition to their chosen research area which will help them to develop the necessary skills required to meet their career choices.

The scholarships focus on one of the following areas: public engagement, teaching, entrepreneurship and research. Each scholarship covers the UK/EU rate of tuition fee as well as a stipend of £14,000 and subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarships are awarded for three years.Each year the university will award approximately 50 scholarships.

For public engagement scholars they can develop their skills in disseminating and promoting research to audiences beyond the University. This might include giving public talks; developing activities for science festivals; working with science centres or museums; or seeking public input into research. If you would like to find out more about the public engagement scholarship, please contact Dr Jenny Bos.

Megan SeymourMegan Seymour

Megan Seymour is a first year PhD student on a Principal's Career Development Scholarship. She is studying small molecule activation by low valent uranium complexes with Professor Polly Arnold in the School of Chemistry. She studied her undergraduate Masters in Chemistry at Durham University, where she was awarded a Principle's Prize for her outstanding contribution to the wider community.

Her public engagement work in Edinburgh is focused on outreach with secondary school aged students, and ranges from school visits and Science Festivals to hosting work experience students. Megan enjoys running, climbing and volunteering with animals in her spare time.