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Cardiff University School of Law and Politics - ESRC Wales DTP General studentships - Empirical Studies in Law Pathway

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

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ESRC Wales DTP General studentships - Empirical Studies in Law Pathway
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.

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.
Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in late February/early March 2020. 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 2020.

Applicants should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Law 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. 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 £15,009 p.a. for 2019/20 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.

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 or appropriate Masters degree will be considered.

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