ESRC Wales DTP PhD studentship in Global Language-Based Area Studies: Evaluating the Legacy of the World War One Centenary in British Tourist Experiences at the Western Front

Key facts

Application deadline 1 February 2019
Start date October 2019
Duration 3 or 4 years (or part-time equivalent)
Funding body ESRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships One

Cardiff University's School of Modern Languages and the Department of Politics/ International Relations, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invite applications for funded PhD study.

This particular studentship, known as a ‘collaborative studentship’, will involve liaison with a non-academic organisation, the In Flanders Fields Museum, at one or more key stages of the research programme. The project will commence in October 2019 and be supervised by staff from departments which have strong research cultures and which were highly ranked in the last university research exercise (the ‘REF’).

The research itself aims to evaluate the impact of the centenary celebrations in the UK on touristic consumption of the extra-territorial heritage of the Western Front, focused on the city of Ieper/Ypres. It asks the following research questions:

  • How does the consumption of extra-territorial heritage at Ieper and the Western Front allow tourists to negotiate their own British identity in relationship to Europe at this critical juncture ?
  • How have local actors and UK agencies based in the region responded to UK visitors’ expectations in this context?
  • How does such production and consumption of extra-territorial heritage impact on international relations, specifically UK-European relations,  as a lived experience for citizens?

This studentship will include a three-month placement at the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres.

Supervisors

Contact

Duncan Stockwell

International, Engagement, Recruitment and Admissions Administrator

Email:
stockwelld1@cardiff.ac.uk

Funding details

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) for three years for full-time students (pro rata for part-time students). An overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable).

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 requirements.

Contact

Duncan Stockwell

International, Engagement, Recruitment and Admissions Administrator

Email:
stockwelld1@cardiff.ac.uk

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Languages and Translation Studies (October 2019 start date), either full- or part-time, submitted by the deadline of 12:00 noon, 1 February 2019.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview, which is expected to take place in late February/ early March 2019. 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 2019.

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 Dr Andrew Dowling 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, where appropriate, 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:
    1. your reflections on the title, aims and purpose of the research
    2. an overview of some key research literature relevant to the study
    3. your proposals for developing the design and methods of the study
    4. a description of potential outcomes of the project for understanding, knowledge, policy and practice (as appropriate to the topic)
    5. Bibliographic references.

This studentship 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.

For academic queries about the scheme in general, please contact Professor Gordon Cumming (up to the end of January 2019) and Dr Andrew Dowling (as from February 2019).

Visit our ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre webpage for all current ESRC studentships.

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

Contact

Duncan Stockwell

International, Engagement, Recruitment and Admissions Administrator

Email:
stockwelld1@cardiff.ac.uk

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