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ESRC Wales DTP Studentships

ESRC Wales DTP Studentships

Cardiff University's School of Modern Languages and the Department of Politics/ International Relations, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invite applications for:

I) Up to three possible PhD studentships via the ESRC general competition

II) One Collaborative PhD studentship: Evaluating the Legacy of the World War One Centenary in British Tourist Experiences at the Western Front

Key facts

Application deadline: 1 February 2019

Start date: October 2019

Duration: 3 or 4 years (or part-time equivalent)

Tuition fee support: Full UK/EU tuition fees

Maintenance stipend: Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum. This was £14,777 per annum in 2018/19 for full time students who satisfied UK residency requirements.

Additional funding offered: Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) for three years for full-time students (pro rata for part-time students). An overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable).

Residency:UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply

Academic criteria: ESRC studentships are highly competitive, candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.


You may enter the ESRC general competition and apply for the possibility of being awarded one of three studentships on the ESRC DTP Global Language-based Area Studies (GLAS) pathway.

We would welcome applications with a social science orientation on topics which require good knowledge of, or a readiness to undertake study of, a modern foreign language, notably French, Spanish, German, Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, Chinese or Japanese. Other languages may also be available via the University’s Language for All programme or, subject to the approval of the DTP, in the form of bespoke hard language training.

Language-based area studies draws upon foreign language skills to explore the society, politics or culture of a particular country or region. Students may apply to do language-informed research on any aspect of area studies: the politics, society and culture of Europe and its member states; African and development studies; Wallonia and Wales; China, new media and the cultural industries; nationalism (in Spain and France); contemporary European history; modern foreign language-learning in Wales; migration studies; gender studies; international relations; governance, comparative politics, industrial relations or even some aspects of translation studies. However, before applying for these ‘open’ awards, students should check that there is the necessary research and supervisorial expertise within the School of Modern Languages and/ or Politics/ IR.

How to Apply

Please send your application to [email protected] For full details on funding, eligibility and how to apply, see our page on the Cardiff University website.


This studentship aims to evaluate the impact of the centenary celebrations in the UK on touristic consumption of the extra-territorial heritage of the Western Front, focused on the city of Ieper/Ypres. It includes a three-month placement at the ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum in Ypres. The research asks:

  1. How does the consumption of extra-territorial heritage at the Western Front allow tourists to negotiate their own British identity in relationship to Europe?
  2. How have local actors in the region responded to UK visitors’ expectations?
  3. How does such production/ consumption of extra-territorial heritage impact on international relations as a lived experience?

How to Apply

Please send your application to [email protected] For full details on funding, eligibility and how to apply, see our Cardiff university page on collaborative studentships.

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