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South Coast DTP ESRC: Area Studies

The University of Portsmouth, part of the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) welcomes applications for PhDs in Area Studies with the possibility of a fully-funded ESRC studentship. The Area Studies pathway, which the Centre for European and International Studies Research coordinates, welcomes applications with a social science orientation to undertake PhD research on any aspect of area studies, including contemporary social history, African/Asian development studies, anthropology, language studies, migration studies, gender studies, international relations and security, governance, comparative politics and sociology. As a PhD student you will be attached to one [or more] of the following research clusters: Francophone Africa; Justice in Fragile States; Language across Borders; Security, Citizenship and Social Justice; Social and Cultural History; Sociology and Social Theory; Transnational Europe; Women's and Gender Studies. For details of supervisor expertise, visit

You will also be attached to one of the SCDTP's Thematic Cluster Pathways (see the SCDTP website for more information on the pathways).

Start date: October 2018
Duration: 1+3 years, or +3 years

Funding details
In addition to covering the cost of all programme fees, those in receipt of a South Coast DTP studentship award will also receive an annual maintenance grant of £14,777 (2018/19 RCUK rate). South Coast DTP PhD students will also have access to additional funds for carrying out fieldwork, purchasing essential equipment and attending relevant conferences.

To apply for funding:
1. Contact us so you can talk with potential supervisors about your proposals and ideas before you apply. Details of who to contact at the University for each subject area can be found via this link. 

2. You will then need to apply to the University before you submit your application to the SCDTP. The closing date for University applications is 4pm, Monday 25 June 2018.

3. Finally, you will need to complete an SCDTP application form - full details can be found here and send it to [email protected] by 4pm, Monday 25 June 2018.

Eligibility criteria: Please see the FAQs on the SCDTP website.

Academic criteria: Candidates should have an excellent academic background in the humanities or social sciences, holding a 1st or an upper 2nd class undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent). + 3 applications must hold a Masters degree that meets ESRC social research methods training requirements. 1+3 students will complete the SCDTP MSc in Social Science Research Methods in their first year.

Please note that all applications are considered on their specific merits.

Deadline for applications: All SCDTP Area Studies candidates must apply to the University of Portsmouth as well as to the SCDTP (see instructions above). Remember that you need to complete two separate applications if you wish to be considered. The deadline for both applications is 25 June 2018, 4pm

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is only available to UK citizens or those who have been resident in the UK for a period of 3 years or more. Some projects, which are funded by charities or by the universities themselves may have more stringent restrictions.

How good is research at University of Portsmouth in Area Studies?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 39.40

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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