Spring into Methods

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) are collaborating on Spring into Methods to commission high quality methods training for our postgraduate students.  

The Spring into Methods programme brings together arts, humanities and social science doctoral researchers from across Scotland and offers sessions providing an interdisciplinary and in-depth approach to learning a specific research method for up to a maximum of 10 hours. 

SGSAH and SGSSS invite proposals from members of staff in any of the affiliated HEIs to provide this interdisciplinary online training. Considering the global pandemic, and to increase accessibility, we are asking for interactive online proposals that may be flexibly spread over several days. We aim to support 6-8 proposals for events with a maximum cost of £1500 each. In 2021, we are also accepting applications and offering the training to staff and doctoral researchers affiliated with the SOCIAL CDT and the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)

Please read these guidance notes (and A summary of feedback on online sessions held April-June 2020, in Appendix I) before submitting your application to ensure that the proposal meets all of the requirements.

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 22nd January 2021.

Potential topics for Spring into Methods 2021

We welcome proposals on the following topics where we have identified particular demand. However, we also welcome proposals in an open category for new ideas if you can build a convincing case that demonstrates need and demand.

For 2021, these topics are:

  • Building research methods on principles of equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Adapting methods for research during a pandemic
  • Rethinking ethics for research during a pandemic
  • Decolonising Methods
  • Methods and Climate Crisis
  • Creating and using open research data
  • Feminist research methods
  • Mining administrative data
  • Exploring secondary analysis of multimodal or qualitative datasets
  • Posthumanist or more-than-human research
  • Survey design and analysis
  • Relating your research to the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Rethinking ‘vulnerability’ in participatory research
  • + open category

We will accept applications for events that have been held in previous years. Please indicate this on the application and provide evidence of the event’s success, describing any updates you are planning as a result of the previous feedback.

We welcome interdisciplinary teams, but we will also accept applications from single disciplinary areas if it can be demonstrated that the proposed event meets the needs of doctoral researchers across the arts, humanities and social sciences.


Friday 22nd January 2021

Deadline for workshop proposals

Friday 22nd January 2021
Monday 8th February 2021

Applicants informed of decision

Monday 8th February 2021
Monday 15th February 2021

SGSSS/SGSAH start promotion of events to students

Monday 15th February 2021
Monday 1 March 2021

Deadline for students to apply to attend

Monday 1 March 2021
w/c 15 March 2021

Students informed whether they have a place

w/c 15 March 2021
Tuesday 6 April to Friday 21 May 2021 (note: Easter weekend 2-5 April 2021)

Events take place

Tuesday 6 April to Friday 21 May 2021 (note: Easter weekend 2-5 April 2021)
Wednesday 30 June 2021

Deadline for evaluation forms and invoices to be submitted

Wednesday 30 June 2021

Submit a proposal

To submit a proposal, download and fill in this proposal document, submitting it via the form below.

  • Lead Organiser Details

    Please provide the details of the lead organiser of the proposed event
  • Event Details

  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.