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ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre

Cardiff University is the lead partner in the Economic and Social Research (ESRC) Wales Doctoral Training Centre. As an ESRC-accredited training centre, the Wales Doctoral Training Centre is awarding a number of research studentships to support doctoral research and training.

Each DTC has accredited pathways, onto which 4-year or 3-year studentships are awarded. Cardiff University's pathways are:

  • Economics
  • Empirical Studies in Law
  • Environmental Planning and Geography
  • Language Based Area Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management and Business Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences, including Criminology, Education, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work and Social Care.

At Cardiff University, the following ESRC studentships for an October 2015 entry are currently available:

School of Social Sciences

ESRC Wales DTP Studentships in Social Sciences (Open PhD Studentships)
This opportunity consists of 10 open studentships in Social Sciences and the School expects to make doctoral studentship awards in the areas of Criminology, Education, Science and Technology Studies, Social Policy, Social Work and Social Care and Sociology.

Urban ethnography
Public space, street care and homelessness in a UK capital city.

Communities and Work
Young people’s access to employment in disadvantaged communities in Wales.

Social Work/Social Care
Adoption and schools.

Health Improvement in Schools
Young people’s access to employment in disadvantaged communities in Wales.

Youth e-cigarette use
Electronic-cigarette use among young people in Wales: mixed method case-study research.

Experience of Genetic Disease
Looking the same and different: Growing up with a rare disease and the implications for belonging, identity and self.

Worker's Educational Association in 21st Century Wales
The Worker’s Educational Association in Wales in the 21st Century: identity, purposes and practices.

Responding to Wildlife Crimes
Wildlife Crimes and Responses to them.

Collaborative Online Social Media Observatory (COSMOS)
The Collaborative Online Social Media Observatory (COSMOS) and Crowd-Sourcing Social Sensing for Statistical Modelling.

Contemporary Childhoods (PhD Studentships)
Three 1+3 or +3 studentships in the area of contemporary childhoods, culture and identity to begin in October 2015.

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

PhD Language and Communication Research (PhD Studentship)
One studentship is available in the field of linguistics, to start October 2015.

School of Law and Politics

Human Rights and the Environment
One studentship is available at the Cardiff School of Law and Politics, in partnership with the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment.

Cardiff Business School

PhD Economics (PhD Studentship)
One fully-funded 4-year ‘2+2’ PhD studentship is available in Economics to commence late September 2015.

PhD Studentships in Management and Business Studies (PhD Studentships)
Four fully-funded PhD Studentships in Management and Business Studies, to commence late September 2015.

Management, Employment and Organisation (PhD Studentship)
One fully-funded (1+3 or +3) PhD Studentship to begin in late September 2015.

Management and Business Studies (PhD Studentship)
One fully-funded ESRC Wales-DTC PhD Studentship in Management and Business to begin in late-September 2015.

School of Planning and Geography

Environmental Planning: Low Carbon Planning (PhD Studentship)
One PhD Studentship in Environmental Planning available for the 2015/16 academic year.

Environmental Planning: Rewilding (PhD Studentship)
One +3 PhD Studentship in Environmental Planning, to commence October 2015.

Environmental Planning: Risk Perception and Climate Change Policy (PhD Studentship)
One +3 PhD Studentship in Environmental Planning to begin October 2015.

Environmental Planning: Open Studentships (PhD Studentships)
Three 1+3 or +3 Studentships in Environmental Planning, to begin October 2015.

Contact us using our contact form and indicate your interest in ESRC funding if you want to be kept up-to-date with any further studentships that are published under this scheme.

Emilie Crossley

"I have been fortunate in having secured ESRC funding for my Masters and subsequent PhD studies, which has allowed me to live very comfortably and to focus on studying rather than worrying about finances. My home school was very supportive throughout the funding application process, holding information sessions and workshops to deal with the paperwork."

Émilie Crossley
PhD Psychosocial Studies

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How to apply

For further information contact the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre, WalesDTC@cardiff.ac.uk

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