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SSPSSR ARC KSS Ph.D. Studentship in Social Work Research

  School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR)

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 Thursday, June 30, 2022
 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

The University of Kent, in collaboration with the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey, Sussex (ARC KSS) welcomes applications from a prospective doctoral student interested in advancing our knowledge and understanding of social work practice across a wide range of potential areas.


The studentship opportunity is open to all candidates with the following requirements:

  • Have completed a health- or social work/care-related postgraduate training course at Master's level equivalent to merit or distinction.
  • A combination of qualifications and/or experience that is equivalent to a relevant UK degree may also be accepted.


Project proposals, coming from students who are enthusiastic about Children’s social care/social work with children and families and who wish to undertake doctoral research in any of the following:   

  • child protection in both intrafamilial and extrafamilial settings,
  • family support and parenting
  • young people in care
  • place-based social work and related interventions
  • fostering and adoption services
  • health and well-being of young people
  • family and carers including young carers 
  • social work related support for migration, refugees and asylum seekers with asylum seeking children/young people and families across borders;

Scholarship Value

The studentship will cover tuition fees at the standard postgraduate Home rate (£4,596 for 2022/23) rate plus an annual maintenance stipend of £16,062 per annum (in line with the UKRI rate for 2022).

Annual Research Training Support allowance of £750 to cover conference attendance, training courses, equipment, and books. 


30 June 2022, 23:59 BST

Interviews to be held in late July 2022

How To Apply

Informal enquiries: Dr Jo Warner, j.warner@kent.ac.uk

Questions regarding the online application process: lssjadmissions@kent.ac.uk or lssjpgfunding@kent.ac.uk

Further details

  • This studentship will be based within the School for Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, at the University of Kent.
  • Starting in October 2022 in a 3-year full-time or 5 years part-time capacity.

About The School for Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, at the University of Kent

Within our School, ranked 3rd for research in the UK by the Times Higher Education REF2021 and 1st for Social Work research quality in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, both students and staff are genuinely interested in making a difference. We don’t just explore how society works but whether we can make it better.

Our research looks into some of the most challenging issues of the day, from tackling crime and drug addiction to bringing about a fairer society. At Kent, you can really start to explore what kind of contribution you can make.

This studentship is linked to the ARC KSS

NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) support applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems. The NIHR ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) is one of 15 ARCs across England, with the aim of supporting applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems.

The appointee will benefit from the support opportunities within the ARC KSS including it’s academy, support and research development opportunities for researchers from a wider range of personal and professional backgrounds. The ARC KSS champions researcher development through the following values:

  • Providing a supportive and consistent culture focussing on place-based applied research
  • Conducting meaningful research to benefit practice and in the public interest.
  • Sharing excellent practice – doing things better and achieving better things
  • Encouraging socially-driven collaboration through shared interests
  • Learning together through inclusive opportunities for development

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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