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PhD Studentship: School of Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

Application details:
Reference number: SOCSCIHUM 2020
Start date of studentship: 1 October 2020
Closing date for applications: 17 January 2020
Interview date: by arrangement

Applications are invited for up to nine fully funded studentships in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Loughborough University. The School is looking for highly motivated and talented scholars able to extend our international reputation for excellent, adventurous and cutting-edge research.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you will work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Find out more: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research-degrees/student-support/

Internationally renowned for its research excellence, the University has a vibrant community of around 1200 doctoral students supported by a £6 million annual investment. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, every unit was found to be conducting research that is internationally recognised with many regarded as ‘world leading'. In the past two years, Loughborough has been ranked in league tables as one of the Top 5 universities in the UK. Both Social Sciences and Humanities are listed in the Top 100-150 in the THES 2019 world university rankings.

The School is composed of five units: Communication and Media, Geography and Environment, Humanities (including English, Art History and Visual Culture), Politics and International Studies, Social and Policy Studies. It is a partner in the Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA) for doctoral training and the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral training Partnership. 

Project Detail:

Applications are invited from outstanding scholars working in any area of Art History and Visual Culture, Communications and Media, English, Human and Physical Geography, Politics and International Studies, Social and Policy Studies. We are especially keen to receive proposals in the following areas: artificial intelligence, child development, conversation analysis, criminal justice, democratic representation, European politics, gender—based and sexual violence, migration and mobility, poverty and inequality, slavery and its legacies, social media, Victorian and neo-Victorian literature and culture, youth and aging.

You must contact the School before submission to discuss your proposal. Please follow the links below to identify a potential supervisor for your project. If you require advice in this regard, please contact .

Find out more:

Communication and Media:

Geography and Environment:


Art History and Visual culture-

English -

Politics and International Studies:

Social and Policy Studies:

Entry requirements:
e.g. Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in the major subject of their research field, or in a related subject. A relevant Masters degree would be advantageous.

Contact details:
Name: Deirdre Lombard
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 223879

How to apply:
All applications should be made online at https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/research-applications/

Under programme name, select Art, English, Geography, Politics and International Relations, or Social Sciences.

Please quote reference number: SOCSCIHUM2020

Funding Notes

The studentships are open to articulate, well-qualified and highly motivated UK/EU graduates with backgrounds in relevant disciplines. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non-UK/EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used to cover the cost of the International tuition fee. Studentships are for three years and all candidates will be expected to register for 1st October 2020.

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