ESRC Wales DTP PhD studentship in Social Sciences: Intergenerational Justice and Anti-Poverty Policy

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Key facts

Application deadline 19 May 2017
Start date October 2017
Duration MSc and PhD, 4 years (1+3); or PhD, 3 years (+3)
Funding body ESRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

Applications are being sought for a prestigious, full-time ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP) PhD Studentship to be based in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, to begin in October 2017.

The proposed thesis will investigate how tax and social security policy can, and does, contribute to intergenerational justice in the UK. This collaborative PhD award is jointly funded by the ESRC and the Office for National Statistics.

The academic and political context is one of growing concern about income inequality (Piketty, 2014; Atkinson, 2015) and, relatedly, of justice between generations (Willetts, 2010; Malik and Howker, 2013).  This project will explore changes in poverty and deprivation within and between generations over time in the UK. It will:

  • interrogate competing concepts of intergenerational fairness
  • examine how recent tax and transfer policy has affected anti-poverty outcomes between generations
  • estimate how policy change could result in greater inter-generational fairness.

The first section will be theoretical, and will comprise the early chapters of the PhD. Answering the second question will require a detailed analysis of the Households Below Average Income survey. The thesis may make methodological contributions by advancing the estimation of the anti-poverty effects of social security. Responding to question 3 will require the use of microsimulation to estimate the effects of hypothetical policy change.

There will be scope for the successful candidate to shape the precise topic by amending the research questions and/or design. The supervisory team is likely to comprise Dr Rod Hick and Dr Marco Pomati. The ONS will provide additional mentoring and technical support to the successful candidate.



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Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered £750 p.a. for research and training support

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, as well as holding a Master's degree (or an equivalent background in research training).


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A completed application for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences (October 2017 start date) submitted by the deadline of 12:00 on 19 May 2017.

The application form must contain the following documents:

  1. Covering letter: Please send in a covering letter outlining what makes you a suitable candidate (this should cover what skills/knowledge you bring to the project, what aspects you find particularly interesting and any ideas you may have on how it could be developed). This should be no more than 2 pages.
  2. Academic/professional qualifications: Where relevant, academic certificates and transcripts must be submitted with the online admissions application by the funding deadline. This should also include proof of English Language Competency.
  3. 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 download a copy of our referee formand send it to when completed, not to Admissions as listed on the form. Please ensure your chosen referees are aware of the application deadline, as we will be using these to help us evaluate your ESRC studentship application.
  4. Personal statement: Applicants should use the ‘Personal Statement’ section (approx. 500 words) of the application form to compliment the information given in the covering letter and talk more about your background and interest in postgraduate study.
  5. Miscellaneous information: Candidates may use this section to add their CV. This should include details of academic achievement and any other material relevant to the application. It should be no longer than 2 pages.
  6. Research proposal: Applicants should use the ‘Research Proposal’ section of the application form (max. 1000 words) to summarise how you would approach the given specified research project.

The deadline is absolute and applications received after this specified time and date will not be accepted.

We will not automatically contact an applicant’s referees.

Interviews will be taking place on Tuesday 30 May 12:00 – 17:00 and Wednesday 31 May from 08:30-10:30.

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


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