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

  • Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)

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ESRC Wales DTP - Cardiff University's Department of Politics and International Relations
The Department of Politics and International Relations/School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University, 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.

The Department of Politics and International Relations at the School of Law and Politics provides an enthusiastic and intellectually stimulating environment for postgraduate research to 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 centres that cover a variety of diverse and cutting hedge subject areas.

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. Information on the research interests of our staff can be found on the Cardiff School of Law and Politics webpages. We welcome applications for both full and part-time study depending on the needs of the applicant.

The closing deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 3rd February.

Applicants should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Politics or International Relations with a start date of October 2020.In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select 'I will be applying for a scholarship/grant' and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from [title of studentship].

The application must contain the following documents:
1. The covering letter should be addressed to Pathway Convener Dr Andrea Calderaro , and it must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; your academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the Politics and International Relations Pathway. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please also specify whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.
2. Your academic / professional qualifications should include, where appropriate, proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).
3. All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and request a reference to be submitted.
4. Include a Curriculum Vitae, no longer than two pages.
5. A research proposal of up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including 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.

Please mark your application for consideration for ESRC Politics and International Relations Open studentship. Incomplete applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted.

Funding Notes

Studentship Awards commence in October 2020 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £14,777 p.a. for 2020/21 for full-time students, updated each year); and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) and other benefits.

Candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree or appropriate Master's degree.

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