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ESRC Wales DTP General studentships - Empirical Studies in Law Pathway - October 2021 start

Cardiff School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship. We expect to make doctoral studentship awards to research in the area of Empirical Studies of Law which draws on theories, tools and techniques from social science to address legal questions. Cardiff School of Law and Politics are a leading centre of socio-legal studies with a longstanding track record in empirical legal studies.

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. 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 Monday 3rd February 2021.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in late February/early March 2021. 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 2021.


The online application link is: . Please apply for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Law ensuring you apply for the October 2021 start. Put 'ESRC 3+1 scholarship' in the funding section.

Please mark your application for consideration for ESRC studentship.

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. Rachel Cahill-O'Callaghan. The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University, and the empirical studies in law 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 5000 words, not including bibliographic references. If you are invited for interview, you will be asked to prepare a shortened proposal of a maximum 1000 words. 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 will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £15,285 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 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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