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Fund your Social Sciences or Psychology PhD through the ESRC SCDTP bursary

These prestigious studentships are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for social science research in Psychology and Area Studies only – and a second round of applications are now open for 2019 entry.

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).

Explore the projects
The projects listed below require you to discuss possible methods and research design, and detail how your skills, background and research interests match the project.

It's very important that you discuss the projects with the supervisor. Full instructions are on the SCDTP application form and there are different word limits depending on whether you are applying for a 1+3 (i.e Master's in Social Research Methods plus PhD) or +3 (PhD only) programme.

All projects close for application at 4pm on June 18, 2019.

Area Studies projects

  • Circular Migration, 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
If you've got your own idea for a research project, you can submit your proposal through our Open Call.

First, you'll need to check that your idea fits within our areas of expertise in Area Studies – check the box below for more details, and to make contact with our supervisors and research coordinators.

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

When applying to the University, please quote project code: SLAL4410119

How to apply
A University supervisor is needed 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 above.

There are currently 4 specific projects available across the subjects of Psychology and Area Studies, and details of each project and supervisory leads are listed for each project.

Alternatively, if you've got your own research idea, you're also welcome to submit your own research project proposal. Please check the areas of expertise listed in the 'Open Call' section and then contact the relevant departmental lead to discuss your idea further.

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.

All candidates must be a UK resident and hold a good honours degree (2:1 and above) from a recognised UK higher education institution. For full details on what's required to apply, please visit the SCDTP's eligibility pages.

Funding Notes

The studentships are available to UK students only and cover tuition fees and in 2018/19, included an annual maintenance grant of £15,009 (2019/20 RCUK 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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