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One PhD studentship on Transformative Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development at SPRU, University of Sussex, UK

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 17, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), within the University of Sussex Business School, is offering a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship within the 5-year research programme Transformative Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development. Based on a partnership across South Africa, Kenya and the UK, the programme seeks to strengthen African scholarship on transformative innovation and policy in the context of the 4th industrial revolution and efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The PhD project will support the programme’s agenda. The studentship would be expected to start in September 2020. The PhD student will be enrolled for a PhD in Science and Technology Policy Studies and is expected to produce either a monograph or papers-style PhD thesis.

About the research programme:
Funded by the South African National Research Foundation and the British Council, the 5-year Transformative innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and sustainable development programme is a research collaboration between the University of Johannesburg, the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in Nairobi and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex in the UK. Over the course of the programme, we expect to support a total of eight PhD projects with full studentships: five based at the University of Johannesburg, two based at Jaramogi Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOUST) in Kenya, and one based at SPRU in the UK. All PhD candidates will undertake joint workshops and short training courses in South Africa, Kenya and the UK, and all PhDs will involve some degree of joint supervision across the partner organisations. For details on the research proposal topic, please see https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/phd-funding/view/1157-PGR-Studentship-in-Transformative-Innovation,-the-4th-Industrial-Revolution-and-Sustainable-Development.

PhD studentship:
The SPRU-based candidate will receive a full studentship to cover their tuition fees and basic living expenses.
Students will have to be registered as full-time in order to receive the full studentship.
Doctoral degree studies require a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years registration for full-time studies.

How to apply:
Applications should be sent by email to Dr Rob Byrne () by 23:59 British Daylight Saving Time (GMT+1), 31 March 2020. Please mark the subject as “Trilateral Chair PhD application”.
Please provide the following, compiled into one PDF document
1) A one-page covering letter explaining the applicant’s motivation for pursuing this PhD. Please indicate which SPRU faculty member might supervise the PhD and whether they have been contacted about this.
2) Candidate’s CV
3) A recommendation letter from a supervisor and/or a senior scholar.
4) A short proposal (maximum 10 pages) describing the candidate’s proposed PhD research. Proposals will be selected on the basis of the alignment of the proposed research with the theme of this Call. See below for guidance on the proposal structure.

We welcome applications from suitably qualified people, regardless of ethnicity, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation.

PhD proposal structure:
The proposal should be no longer than 10 pages, and must include the following:
1) Introduction
2) Summary of Preliminary Literature Review
3) Theoretical/Conceptual Framework
4) Main research question and/or research objectives
5) Planned research methodology
6) Proposed structure of the study
7) References

Contact us:
Please direct enquiries about the studentship to Dr Rob Byrne
General queries can be sent to .

Key dates:
Deadline for submission of applications: 23:59 British Daylight Saving Time (GMT+1), 17 April 2020
Interviews (which can be virtual): end of April/beginning of May 2020
Selection by May 2020

For further details, please see https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/phd-funding/view/1157-PGR-Studentship-in-Transformative-Innovation,-the-4th-Industrial-Revolution-and-Sustainable-Development.

Funding Notes

Eligibility:
a) Applicants should have a Masters in Economics, Political Sciences, or related disciplines, with experience in sustainable development and innovation, and demonstrably deep knowledge of an African context. Preference will be given to applicants with interdisciplinary Masters in relevant fields: e.g. Innovation Studies, Development Studies, etc.
b) The research proposal must demonstrate interdisciplinary methodological skills.
c) Applicants from any country are eligible.

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