ESCR Wales DTP PhD studentship in Global Language-Based Area Studies: Evaluating Social Dialogue in Europe
|Application deadline||1 February 2017|
|Start date||October 2017|
|Duration||3 or 4 years (or part-time equivalent)|
|Level of study||Postgraduate research|
|Award type||PhD studentship|
This project will examine social dialogue in two EU member states as well as the articulation between national and European levels of social dialogue in these two states. One case will be characterised by strong union organisations and bargaining structures (Germany, Scandinavian countries) and one by weak unions and structures (Central and Eastern European countries) to analyse whether and under what conditions social dialogue can give voice to workers, whether this leads to consensus over macroeconomic and social policy and whether EU notions of social dialogue are transposable to all member states.
This PhD will focus on the following research questions:
- Can social dialogue provide a forum for gaining consensus over social and macroeconomic policies, or do external economic constraints mitigate against ‘genuine’ social dialogue?
- In a context of trade union weakness, can social dialogue give trade unions a voice in policy-making?
- To what extent are EU policies on social dialogue transposable to, and to what extent do they articulate with, national settings where trade unions are weak?
This studentship also involves an internship with the European Trade Union Institute.
The award is available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), completing a research training Masters in the 1st year, followed by three years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).
This studentships is a ‘collaborative’ award. Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project, and may wish to contact the supervisors, particularly Dr Nick Parsons.
For academic queries about the scheme in general, please contact Prof Gordon Cumming.
For any administrative questions, please contact Alex Ford.
Visit our ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre webpage for all current ESRC studentships at Cardiff University.
|Tuition fee support||Full UK/EU tuition fees|
|Maintenance stipend||Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum|
|Additional funding offered||Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of up to £750 for three years for full-time students (pro rata for part-time students).|
|Residency||UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply|
ESRC studentships are highly competitive, candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.
Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Politics and International Relations (October 2017 start date), either full- or part-time, submitted by the deadline of 12.00 pm, 1 February 2017. Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview, which is expected to take place in March 2017. After the interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to the ESRC Wales DTP Doctoral Panel at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. Successful applicants can expect to hear by mid-April 2017.
In the funding section of your application, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from the ESRC.
Guidelines for the application sections:
- The covering letter should be addressed to Prof Gordon Cumming and must name the collaborative studentship being applied for. It must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University, and the Global Language-Based Area Studies Pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the description of the project supplied. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please also specify whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.
- Your academic / professional qualifications should include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).
- All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and request a reference to be submitted.
- Include a Curriculum Vitae, no longer than two pages.
- For collaborative studentships, your research proposal should build directly on the outline description that has been supplied. The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:
- your reflections on the title, aims and purpose of the research
- an overview of some key research literature relevant to the study
- your proposals for developing the design and methods of the study
- a description of potential outcomes of the project for understanding, knowledge, policy and practice (as appropriate to the topic)
We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.
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