ESRC Wales DTP ‘Collaborative’ PhD Studentships in Social Sciences

Key facts

Application deadline 1 February 2018
Start date October 2018
Duration 3-4 years Full-time or 5-6 years Part-time
Funding body ESRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships Up to seven

The School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for funded PhD study. These particular studentships, known as ‘collaborative studentships’, involve liaison with a non-academic organisation, often at many key stages of the research programme.

Projects available for entry 2018 within our School of Social Sciences:

DTP PathwayProject
Digital Economy & Society

Investigating social media and offline data to measure extremism and hate crime

Education

The experience of post-compulsory education and integration for asylum seekers in Wales

Education

The impact of employer engagement with secondary schools on young people’s aspirations and transitions from school to post-16 education and employment in Wales

Sociology

Engaging masculinities in a former Welsh Pit Village: supporting preparation for training/education for new industries

Social Policy

Putting principles into practice: frontline practitioners’ enactment of the Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure (2011)

Science and Technology Studies

The Social Shaping of Geological Science

Science and Technology Studies

A Digital Competence Framework in the making: Perceptions, Cultures and Practice

We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (i.e. one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.

Contact

Graduate Studies Office

Teresa De Villiers

Dr Teresa de Villiers

Director of Postgraduate Research

Email:
devillierst@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 75238

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered Studentship Awards commence in October 2018 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £14,553 p.a. for 2017/18 for full-time students, updated each year); and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants. The awards are 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 3 years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

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. If English is not your first language, you will need to have achieved at least an overall score of 7.0  in IELTS (or approved equivalent) by the start of the programme.

All study undertaken as part of the ESRC award must be carried out within the UK, except as part of overseas fieldwork which is an integral part of the study, conferences, or training. Students must be resident close to Cardiff University and maintain direct contact with the supervisors.

Contact

Graduate Studies Office

Teresa De Villiers

Dr Teresa de Villiers

Director of Postgraduate Research

Email:
devillierst@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 75238

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the PhD in Social Sciences with an October 2018 start date.

Applications should be submitted by the deadline of 16:00, 1 February 2018. Incomplete applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted

In the “Funding” section of the Online Application Form, please indicate that you are applying for an ESRC PhD studentship.

Your application must contain the following documents:

  1. Covering letter (up to two pages): Please address to Dr Teresa de Villiers, Director of Postgraduate Studies. The covering letter must name the collaborative studentship being applied for. It must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University; 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.
  2. Academic / professional qualifications: this includes transcript of marks and degree certificate (if available).
  3. Proof of English Language Competency if English is not your first language: We require an overall minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS, with a score of 6.5 for each category except for writing where we require a score of 7.0.
  4. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and request a reference to be  submitted. Please ensure your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline and have submitted their references by this date.
  5. Curriculum vitae: It should be no longer than two pages.
  6. Research proposal: 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:
    1. Title, aims and purpose of the research
    2. Overview of the academic literature relevant to your field
    3. Proposed methodology
    4. Academic contributions of your research
    5. Bibliographic references.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in February/March 2018. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to a Panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. In most cases, successful applicants can expect to hear by mid-April 2018.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Contact

Graduate Studies Office

Teresa De Villiers

Dr Teresa de Villiers

Director of Postgraduate Research

Email:
devillierst@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 75238

Funding opportunity provided by:

Meet us at our Information Fair on 22 February 2018.

Eligible research programmes