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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - ESRC South Coast DTP funded opportunities

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

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Fund your Social Sciences or Psychology PhD through the ESRC SCDT

Applications are now open for the 2019 entry round of PhD bursaries, funded by the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP). The studentships are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for social science research in Psychology and Area Studies only.

Successful candidates will be part of the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP), a collaboration between the universities of Portsmouth, Southampton and Brighton.

We're accepting applications for a general call as well as applications aligned with specific projects for PhD programmes (+3) or Master's and PhD programmes (1+3) at these three institutions.

How to apply
The first thing you'll need is a University supervisor to support your SCDTP application -- so you'll need to contact prospective supervisors before you submit an application. You'll find their name(s) and contact details within the individual project details below.

Alternatively, if you've got your own research idea, you're also welcome to submit your own research project proposal.

Please note: you'll need to submit an online application to the University of Portsmouth plus an application for funding to the SCDTP. For more details, visit the SCDTP website.

Explore the PhD projects
The projects listed below don't require a project proposal; instead, you'll need to submit a 500 word personal statement which includes the following:

• Details of how your skills and interests match the project
• Your background and previous experience
• Your research interests

PhD projects
Fog in the Channel? The Impact of Brexit on the Transnational Relations of British Political Parties
Circular Migratiom, Wellbeing and Citizenship: Central & Eastern European (CEE) family experiences in the UK
The Policy Impacts of Mental Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education in the UK


Submit your own PhD proposal
The University's Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) brings together world leading research in Area Studies. There are more than 60 members of CEISR, and their research is organised into eight clusters:

To discuss your own research project proposal and find out more about postgraduate programmes in Area Studies at the University, use the contact details of the relevant supervisor below.

Francophone Africa/Franco-African Relations – contact Professor Tony Chafer
Language Across Borders – contact Dr Mario Saraceni
History – contact Dr Robert James
Transnational Politics and Society – contact Professor Wolfram Kaiser or Dr Angela Crack
Sociology and Social Theory – contact Professor Barry Smart
Women's and Gender Studies – contact Professor Tamsin Bradley
Citizenship, Race and Belonging – contact Dr Olivia Rutazibwa


All candidates must be a UK resident and hold a good honours degree (2:1 and above) from a recognised UK higher education institution.


Application deadline
The application deadline for both open call and specific projects is Thursday 24 January 2019.

Funding Notes

The studentships are available to UK students only and cover tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £14,777 (2018/19 rate).

How good is research at University of Portsmouth in Area Studies?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 39.40

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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