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ESRC Wales DTP General studentships - Modern Languages and Politics

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

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Cardiff University's School of Modern Languages and Department of Politics/International Relations invite applications for PhD study with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship, available to start in October 2020. These are available in the field of Global Language Based Area Studies (GLAS).
Students will use existing, or be trained in new, language skills with a view to undertaking research on:


• European politics, society and culture
• African and development studies
• Nationalism, conflict and contemporary European history
• International relations, comparative politics, industrial relations
• Modern foreign language-learning, (global) cultural industries and translation studies

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or upper second class honours degree, or appropriate Masters' degree. We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and studentships are available as either '1+3' (i.e. one full year of research training Masters followed by three years full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or '+3' (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.


Studentship cover your tuition fees, a maintenance grant (currently £15,009 p.a. for 2019/20 for full-time students, updated each year); and access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), though an element of this latter fund may be 'pooled' and require separate applications from 2020 onwards. Other opportunities may include overseas fieldwork allowance, internships, overseas institutional visits and other grants.


A completed application should be submitted online, via the School of Modern Languages, by the closing deadline: 12 noon on 3 February 2020. In the funding section, please select “I will be applying for a scholarship/grant” and “ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership”. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

These studentships are ‘open' awards. Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity and to discuss their application. Information on staff research interests can be found on the MLANG and/ or Politics/IR webpages. Short descriptions of our accredited pathway is available on the ESRC Wales DTP website. The pathway convener Professor Gordon Cumming () will also be able to advise on topic selection.

Funding Notes

ESRC studentships are highly competitive. Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are only open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.

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