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Challenging racialised borders and boundaries in British Secondary Schools


   Department of Sociological Studies

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  Prof Kate Reed, Dr Nadena Doherty  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Global Challenges Centre for Doctoral Training provides a stimulating interdisciplinary environment for students to research a key global challenge. There are 6 projects for students starting their PhD in the 2022 - 2023 academic year. These projects sit under two key themes: New Horizons in Borders and Bordering and Emerging Urban Inequalities.  

Students will benefit from supervision from world leading researchers in interdisciplinary teams and will equip students with the skills to combine theoretical concepts and innovative research methods across disciplines. Students will study as part of a cohort and will have access to tailored training, in addition to expert training in knowledge exchange and opportunities to engage with our key strategic partnerships to maximise the beneficial societal impacts of their projects.

Led by Professor Majella Kilkey from our Department of Sociological Studies, the CDT in New Horizons in Borders and Bordering will build an interdisciplinary community of expertise in borders, bordering and debordering (resistance). The CDT takes bordering as a key global challenge for communities around the world, recognising that new bordering practices will have a range of social impacts for the foreseeable future which need to be understood. In doing so, we will build interdisciplinary understanding of emerging phenomena, which will also contribute to building expertise for future developments. The CDT will offer advanced training in this sometimes hard to research area, a cross disciplinary supervisory framework, expertise and guidance from academic experts beyond the University of Sheffield, including internationally, and opportunities for knowledge exchange beyond academia.

This project will explore the impact of racism and its effects on Black British and African migrant pupils in British secondary schools. By combining the fields of education, health, ethnic and racial studies and migration, the project will explore the existence and effects of these subtle forms of racism on Black students’ mental health and wellbeing.

Applicants are expected to have a strong first degree (2.1 or a first class honours) ideally in a relevant social science subject. Candidates applying with a Masters Degree must have obtained at least a Merit (or equivalent). For those candidates for whom English is not their first language or who do not possess a degree from an educational institution using the English language for instruction, there are minimum English language requirements of an IELTS average of 6.5 or above (with not less than 6.0 in any component).

Application process

Applications should be made through the University of Sheffield Postgraduate Online Application Form. Applications should be made to the named department for the relevant CDT, as outlined above.

As part of the application, applicants should upload the following additional information:

A one-page personal statement explaining how their skills, experiences, interests and career plans make them a suitable candidate for the studentship.

A 500 word statement explaining why you think this research is important. Please cite the title of this studentship in your application.


Funding Notes

Three fully funded studentships are available within the CDT in New Horizons in Borders and Bordering, offering funding for three and a half years of fees and a stipend (£15,609 per annum for 2022 entry). We are pleased to be able to offer funding for two home fee paying studentships and one international fee paying studentship. In addition, a Research Training Support Grant of £2,250 is available for each studentship across the funded period to support the costs of field trips.
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