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ESRC Wales DTP PhD studentship in Global Language-Based Area Studies: Evaluating the Legacy of the World War One Centenary in British Tourist Experiences at the Western Front

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    Dr D Clarke
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Cardiff University's School of Modern Languages and the Department of Politics/ International Relations, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invite applications for funded PhD study.
This particular studentship, known as a ‘collaborative studentship’, will involve liaison with a non-academic organisation, the ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum, at one or more key stages of the research programme. The project will commence in October 2019.


The research itself aims to evaluate the impact of the centenary celebrations in the UK on touristic consumption of the extra-territorial heritage of the Western Front, focused on the city of Ieper/Ypres. It asks the following research questions:
1. How does the consumption of extra-territorial heritage at Ieper and the Western Front allow tourists to negotiate their own British identity in relationship to Europe at this juncture?
2. How have local actors and UK agencies based in the region responded to UK visitors’ expectations in this context?
3. How does such production and consumption of extra-territorial heritage impact on international relations as a lived experience for citizens?

This studentship will include a three-month placement at the ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum in Ypres.

The award is available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), completing a research training Masters in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree. Both the University and the ESRC Wales DTP value diversity and equality at all levels and we encourage applications from all sections of the community.

This studentship is a ‘collaborative’ award. Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project, and may wish to contact the supervisors, particularly Professor David Clarke
For academic queries about the scheme in general, please contact Dr Andrew Dowling.
For any admissions and administrative questions, please contact Duncan Stockwell.
Visit our ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre webpage for all current ESRC studentships at Cardiff University.

Eligibility Criteria

UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
ESRC studentships are highly competitive, candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.

How to Apply

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (October 2019 start date), either full- or part-time, submitted by the deadline of 12.00 noon, 1 June 2019. Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview, which is expected to take place in mid-June 2019. After the interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to the ESRC Wales DTP Doctoral Panel at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. Successful applicants can expect to hear by mid-July2019.

In the funding section of your application, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from the ESRC.

Funding Notes

Tuition fee support: Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend: Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum. This was £14,777 per annum in 2018/19 for full time students who satisfied UK residency requirements.
Additional funding offered: Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) for three years for full-time students (pro rata for part-time students). An overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable).



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