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Cardiff University School of Law and Politics - ESRC-funded PhD Studentship in Politics and International Relations


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ESRC Wales DTP - Cardiff University's Department of Politics and International Relations

The Department of Politics and International Relations supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for funded PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship, available to start in October 2022. The Department of Politics and International Relations provides an enthusiastic and intellectually stimulating environment for those wishing to study a PhD. With a combination of established researchers with international reputations, the Department has a dynamic and forward-looking research ethos, and hosts research groups and centers that cover a variety of diverse and cutting edge subject areas.

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree. We welcome applications for both full and part-time study.

These studentships are ‘open’ awards. Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the University and to discuss their draft application. Information on the research interests of our staff can be found on the Cardiff School of Law and Politics webpages.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 04 February 2022

Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in late February/early March 2022. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to a panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. In most cases successful applicants can expect to hear by early April 2022.


The online application link is: Please ensure you apply for the October 2022 start date and put the ESRC 1+3 scholarship in the funding box.

Incomplete applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted.  

The application must contain the following documents:

1. Covering letter: Please address to Dr Claudia Hillebrand. The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University, and the ESRC DTP Politics and International Relations pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly of those relating to your proposed research. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please also specify which pathway you will be applying to and whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.

2. Academic / Professional Qualifications: Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).

3. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include references with their application.

4. Curriculum Vitae: It should be no longer than two pages.

5. Research Proposal: The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:

·        Title, aims and purpose of the research;

·        Brief overview of the academic literature relevant to your field;

·        Proposed design/methods;

·        Academic contributions of your research.

·        Bibliographic References

Funding Notes

Studentship Awards commence in October 2022 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £15,609 p.a. for 2021/22 for full-time students, updated each year); and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), though an element of this latter fund may be ‘pooled’ and require separate applications from 2022 onwards. There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants.
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