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ESRC Wales DTP Collaborative studentship - Cardiff School of Law and Politics

Cardiff Law School

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ESRC Wales DTP Collaborative studentship

Cardiff 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. These particular studentships, known as ‘collaborative studentships’, involve liaison with a non-academic organisation, often at many key stages of the research programme. They will commence in October 2021. The successful applicant will be part of a thriving PhD community at Cardiff School of Law and Politics, a leading centre of socio-legal studies with a longstanding track record in empirical legal studies.

The following collaborative studentships are available in the Empirical Socio-Legal Studies pathway; ‘Divergence and Devolution: Public Health Values and the Law in Wales Before and After COVID-19’ supervised by Prof John Harrington.


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; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award.  We welcome applications for both full and part-time study.

Application Deadline: Wednesday 03 February 2021 (12:00pm)

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.

How to apply:

The online application link is

Please ensure you apply for the October 2021 start, and put the 'ESRC 3+1 scholarship' in the funding section.

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 Professor John Harrington. The covering letter must name the collaborative studentship being applied for. It must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University University, and the Empirical Socio-Legal Studies Pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the description of the project supplied. 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. 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 the references with their application.

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

5. Research Proposal: For collaborative studentships, the proposal should build directly on the outline description that has been supplied. 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:

·        Your reflections on the title, aims and purpose of the research;

·        An overview of some key research literature relevant to the study;

·        Your proposals for developing the design and methods of the study;

·        A description of potential outcomes of the project for understanding, knowledge, policy and practice (as appropriate to the topic);

·        Bibliographic references

Funding Notes

Studentship Awards commence in October 2021 and 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), though an element of this latter fund may be ‘pooled’ and require separate applications from 2021 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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