ESRC Wales DTP Studentship in Politics

Key facts

Application deadline 1 February 2018
Start date October 2018
Duration 4 years (ie 1+3) or 3 years (+3) full-time or the equivalent part-time.
Funding body ESRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship

The School of Law and Politics, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership of Wales (DTP), invites applicants for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship, available to start October 2018.

We are expecting to make doctoral studentship award in the area of Politics and International Relations. In particular, the Department of Politics and International Relations welcomes research proposals in the following areas:

  • comparative politics, policy and governance
  • critical global politics
  • critical military studies
  • development and post colonialism
  • digital technologies, internet governance and cyber-security
  • European politics and area studies
  • gender and international relations
  • global environmental politics
  • intelligence and security
  • international law and international relations
  • nuclear politics
  • political and international theory
  • public policy
  • The Cold War
  • security studies
  • Wales, territorial and devolutionary politics.

The Department of Politics and International Relations at the School of Law and Politics provides an enthusiastic and intellectually stimulating environment for postgraduate research to those wishing to study a PhD, with supervision available across a wide range of research topics.

With a combination of established researchers with international reputations the Department has a dynamic and forward-looking research ethos, and hosts research groups and centres in a range of fields including Welsh governance; political theory; digital technologies and global politics; critical global politics; global environmental politics; law and global justice.

You are encouraged to look at The School of Law and Politics' staff web pages to identify potential supervisors or supervision teams.

These studentships are ‘open’ awards. Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the University and to discuss their draft application.

Information on the research interests of our staff can be found on the School of Law and Politics' staff web pages.

Contact

Andrea Calderaro

Dr Andrea Calderaro

Lecturer in International Relations

Email:
calderaroa@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 8819

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered An additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of up to £750 for three years for full-time students (pro rata for part-time students). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities and overseas institutional visits.

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

This studentship is 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 master's degree (or an equivalent background in research training) with an average mark of at least 65% will be considered for a +3 award.

We value diversity and equality at all levels and encourage applications from all sections of the community.

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.

EU nationals who had been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the three year period immediately preceding the start date of an award (including for the purposes of full-time education) are eligible for a full award. Other EU nationals are eligible for a fees-only award.

Contact

Andrea Calderaro

Dr Andrea Calderaro

Lecturer in International Relations

Email:
calderaroa@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 8819

A completed application form for admission to Doctor of Philosophy (Politics and International Relations) (October start) must be submitted by the deadline of 16:00 on 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.

The application must contain the following documents:

  1. Covering letter - please address to the relevant pathway convenor. The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University, and specify your chosen pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly of those relating to your proposed research. The covering letter should be no more than two pages, and can be uploaded to the 'Personal Statement' section of the online application form. Please also specify which pathway you will be applying to and 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. You must approach referees yourself 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 1,000 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. references.

Please visit our web pages for advice on writing a research proposal.

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

Contact

Andrea Calderaro

Dr Andrea Calderaro

Lecturer in International Relations

Email:
calderaroa@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 8819

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