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ESRC 1+3/ +3 PhD Studentship in Demography / Population Studies

  • Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)

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We invite applications from qualified and highly motivated students for an ESRC funded 3-year PhD Studentship in Demography / Population Studies. For applicants just completing their undergraduate degree there is also funding for a one-year master's course in research methodology followed by a three-year PhD. The PhD studentship is based at the University of St Andrews and is funded by the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (within the Health, Families, Relationships and Demographic Change pathway). The successful applicant will investigate how individual and contextual factors influence individuals' fertility behaviour in the UK using advanced quantitative methods and longitudinal data (for further details, please see https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/gsd/opportunities/pg/phdfunding/). The PhD student will be supervised by Prof. Hill Kulu, Dr. Katherine Keenan and Dr. Jed Long.

Students with a first class or an upper secondary undergraduate or master's degree in any area of social sciences (including statistics and applied mathematics) who are interested in this opportunity must complete and submit an online application by 25th May 2018 at the following link: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/apply/postgraduate/research/. Please apply to the “School of Geography and Sustainable Development” and to the programme “PhD Geography (Science)”. Please include a covering letter outlining your interest in human fertility and in applying advance quantitative methods in social science research. Please also indicate whether you apply for a +3 (a three-year PhD) or a 1+3 studentship (a one-year master's course in research methodology followed by a three-year PhD). There will be a variety of opportunities to take training in advanced quantitative methods during the PhD study; some training will be offered in St Andrews, some elsewhere in the UK. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in the week commencing 28th May 2018; Skype interviews are possible.

The successful applicant will become a member of the Population and Health Research Group (PHRG) at the School of Geography and Sustainable Development. The PHRG research covers a wide range of population topics including the analysis of family and fertility dynamics; life course choices; internal and international migration; ethnicity and minority populations; health and mortality; and population inequalities. The group combines expertise in advanced techniques of demographic, longitudinal and spatial analysis. For further details about the research group, please see: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/gsd/research/phrg/; https://populationandhealth.wordpress.com/. The group is part of the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC) (http://www.cpc.ac.uk/) and hosts the Census and Administrative Data Longitudinal Studies (CALLS) Hub (http://calls.ac.uk/).

This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated PhD student to work in an international team of researchers on a policy-relevant social science topic applying advanced quantitative methods to longitudinal data. The studentship starts in October 2018.

For informal inquiries, please contact Prof. Hill Kulu (). Please include ‘ESRC SGSSS PhD studentship' in the subject line of your email.

Funding Notes

The ESRC scholarship covers tuition fees, a yearly stipend of £14,777 per year (in the 2018/19 academic year, subject to increase annually), and a research training support grant (RTSG) of £750 per year. Further, the AQM award comes with additional stipend payment of £3,000 per year. The scholarship is open to UK and EU students. EU students who do not fulfil the ESRC’s residence eligibility criteria will be entitled to a Fees Only award (please check the ESRC’s residential guidelines which can be accessed at View Website).

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