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Government PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 20 Government PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Government is an exciting and intellectually stimulating journey that delves deep into the world of politics and governance. If you have a passion for understanding how governments function, shaping public policy, and analyzing political systems, then pursuing a PhD in Government could be the perfect path for you.

What's it like to study a PhD in Government?

Studying a PhD in Government offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the field of political science through original research. You will have the chance to explore various aspects of government, such as political theory, comparative politics, international relations, public administration, and more. This program will equip you with advanced research skills, critical thinking abilities, and a deep understanding of political systems and processes.

During your PhD journey, you will work closely with experienced faculty members who are experts in their respective fields. They will guide and mentor you as you develop your research proposal, conduct extensive literature reviews, collect and analyze data, and write your dissertation. You will also have the opportunity to engage in stimulating discussions and debates with fellow students, broadening your perspectives and enhancing your analytical skills.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Government

To be eligible for a PhD in Government, most universities require applicants to hold a Masters degree in a relevant field, such as political science, international relations, or public policy. Additionally, a strong academic background and research experience are highly valued. Admissions committees often consider factors such as GPA, letters of recommendation, and a well-crafted statement of purpose that outlines your research interests and goals.

PhD in Government funding options

Funding for PhDs in Government may be available from various sources, including governments, universities and charities, business or industry. See our full guides to PhD funding for more information.

PhD in Government careers

A PhD in Government opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Many graduates go on to pursue academic careers, becoming professors or researchers at universities and think tanks. Others find employment in government agencies, non-profit organizations, or international institutions, where they can contribute to policy-making, political analysis, and public administration.

The skills acquired during a PhD in Government, such as critical thinking, research expertise, and strong communication skills, are highly transferable and sought after in various sectors, including consulting, journalism, advocacy, and public service.

Embarking on a PhD in Government is not only a personal and intellectual challenge but also a chance to make a meaningful impact in the field of politics and governance. If you are passionate about understanding and shaping the political landscape, this program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become a leader in the field.

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CoSS PhD Scholarship: Forced Migration and the Politics of Bordering in the Middle East

  Research Group: School of Social & Political Sciences
Information on the School/Research Group. The project falls within the auspices of the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, as well as a five-year project on “The International Politics of Mobility Sanctions,” funded by the European Research Council (led by Professor Gerasimos Tsourapas). Read more
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CoSS-USYD Joint PhD Scholarship - The health and wellbeing impacts of the energy transition for low-income renters: a comparative UK-Australia study.

  Research Group: School of Social & Political Sciences
Information on the Schools/Research Groups. This PhD will be jointly hosted by the University of Glasgow & the University of Sydney, with a supervisory team comprising Professor Gerry McCartney, Professor Lynne Chester, Professor Robert McMaster, and Professor Harriet Thomson. Read more
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Why so few working-class women? A comparative case of British and Scottish Elections

In the UK, less than three percent of members of parliament (MPs), and none of those newly elected in the 2017 and 2019 elections, have a genuine working-class background, which unfavourably compares to the 34 percent of the British population with a working-class background. Read more
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Understanding the Multi-level Voter: Evidence from the Scottish Election Study

About the Project. The University of Edinburgh is inviting applications from suitably qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship in Politics & International Relations to research voting behaviour in Scotland, with an eye on comparing over time voting behaviour in Scottish and UK elections. Read more

Political Parties in Africa

The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading seeks to appoint an outstanding and highly motivated PhD candidate for three full years (36 months). Read more

Dividing lines: drivers and solutions to polarisation in democracy

Across democracies around the world, there is widespread partisan polarization. Political conflict is central to democracy. However, democratic functioning is under threat when political identities solidify into polarized groups who are unwilling to engage respectfully with each other. Read more

Postgraduate Research Opportunities in Global Development, Politics and International Relations & Security

About the School of Politics and International Studies. The School of Politics and International Studies is at the forefront of interdisciplinary research into international development, international relations and political studies. Read more

Data protection surrounding mass graves

As new technologies for identification emerge, concerns surrounding access to, and protection of, information and individuals’ data are likely to persist… Read more

Cultural and Indigenous rights surrounding mass graves

The recent discovery of suspected mass graves at Canadian residential schools designed to systematically assimilate Indigenous children, thereby destroying cultures, languages and possible ties with the land, indicates the issue is both pressing and current. Read more

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