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PhD Studentship in Irish Studies and Politics

   School of Histories Languages and Cultures

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About the Project

The Institute of Irish Studies, in conjunction with the Department of Politics at the University of Liverpool, is pleased to invite applications for a PhD studentship beginning in September 2022.

The successful applicant will be based in the Institute of Irish studies and will avail of joint supervision between the Institute of Irish Studies and the Department of Politics.

We welcome well-developed applications in the areas of power-sharing, post-conflict governance, gender and the politics of Northern Ireland/Ireland, constitutional change, political economy of Ireland/Northern Ireland, British-Irish relationships, parliamentary studies, or UK devolution. Applications broadly focussed on the governance and politics of Northern Ireland, or comparative projects which include the governance and politics of Northern Ireland, will also be considered. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods projects are welcome.

Please note that the project supervisor will be dependent on the application topic. For expertise within the Institute of Irish Studies and Department of Politics, see our research pages at: and respectively.

Applicants should submit a CV, the name of an academic referee, plus a 2-3 page research proposal to Dr Niall Carson ([Email Address Removed]) by 5pm on Wednesday 31st August 2022. The research proposal should include a brief overview of research questions(s) to be addressed, a literature review summarising existing research in the field and any gaps in knowledge, a description of the project’s methodology, plus an indication of any potential ethical issues associated with the proposal.

Applicants may contact Dr Sean Haughey ([Email Address Removed]) to informally discuss their proposal.

Additional information about the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures is available here:

Funding Notes

The studentship is funded by the Blair Chair in Irish Studies at a rate of £20,000 pa for three years for each successful applicant. This encompasses home tuition fees (£4,596), a £15,000 Award. School funding will also be available for Research expenses. Paid teaching opportunities may be available during the PhD subject to satisfactory progress and completing internal training.
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