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  CISRUL PhD Studentship


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 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

The Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society, and Rule of Law (CISRUL) studies the life in the world of political concepts. The interdisciplinary Centre examines how political principles function within and beyond the contemporary West. Concepts such as citizenship, civil society, and the rule of law are used as often by journalists, social movements, artists and policy makers as by scholars.

CISRUL brings together an extraordinary range of researchers, including PhD students, to study these and other political principles, including democracy, human rights and pluralism. We consider how they have been fostered historically, debated philosophically and in politics, fought over by social movements, codified in law, transmitted through education and the media, and lived out in everyday life.

CISRUL supports a vigorous community of PhD students, who take a leading role in our many activities. Each year, CISRUL provides funding for its PhDs to design and host a major international conference on a topic proposed by them. Recent conferences were on Conceptualizing Political (2019) and Conceptualizing Difference (2021) and the next in May 2022 is on Conceptualizing Community.

You may apply for CISRUL funding for a PhD in Law, History, Philosophy, Divinity or Education, or in one of the Modern Languages or in English or Film Studies. If your research is interdisciplinary or sits within another discipline such as anthropology, sociology or politics, you can instead apply to the PhD programme in Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law.

Our CISRUL studentships include:

  • tuition fees (home or overseas)
  • an allowance for research and conference travel (£1000/year)
  • partial maintenance (£6000/year). Note that the UK government estimates that students will need £1023 per month for living expenses in the UK.
  • funding to design and host workshops and/or conferences at CISRUL.

Applicants must hold or be close to completing a postgraduate Masters degree in a relevant field. In most cases, we will be looking for the equivalent of a First Class or Distinction in the Masters, especially in the dissertation.

Our criteria for selection are:

Please submit your application with the following supporting materials:

  • Transcripts and certificates of your UG and Masters degrees. (If you have not yet graduated from your Masters, you do not need to provide a Degree Certificate, but please send the latest version of your Degree Transcript.)
  • 2 letters of reference, preferably from your academic supervisors and ideally including your Masters dissertation supervisor.
  • CV or resumé
  • Proof of English proficiency if you are not a native speaker. (If you do not already have the appropriate certification, any offer will be conditional on securing it prior to commencing study.)

For further details, please visit our website here.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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