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ESRC Wales DTP Collaborative PhD Studentships in Social Sciences

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Key facts

Application deadline 15 July 2019
Start date October 2019
Duration 3-4 years full-time, or 5-7 years part-time
Funding body ESRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships One

The School of Social Sciences supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (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. They will commence in October 2019.

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree. Both the University and the ESRC Wales DTP value diversity and equality at all levels and encourage applications from all sections of the community.

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

DTP Pathway: Digital Economy and Society


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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 Includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) though an element of this latter fund may be 'pooled' and require separate applications from 2019 onwards. 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.

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.


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These studentships are ‘collaborative’ awards. Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project, and may wish to contact the named member of staff in the Project Proposal for a discussion prior to applying.

A completed application form for admission to Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences (October Start): submitted to the Academic Registry by the deadline of Monday 15 July 2019 by 12:00 noon.

Please note: A complete application, with supporting documentation must be submitted by no later than Monday 15 July 2019 and that there will be no opportunity to submit further documentation following this deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application must contain the following documents:

  • Covering letter: (to be uploaded to Personal Statement section) 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.
  • Academic/Professional Qualifications and English Language Competency (where appropriate - proof of 7.0 IELTS minimum).
  • References: All applications require two academic references. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include references with their application.
  • Curriculum Vitae: (to be uploaded to Professional Experience section) This should be no longer than two pages.
  • Research Proposal: (Please note: in the text box please state "See attached" as this cannot be left blank). For collaborative studentships, the 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 bibliographic 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)
    • Bibliographic references.

In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.

The closing deadline for applications is Monday 15 July 2019 at 12:00 noon. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which is expected to take place Friday 26 July 2019. 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.

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


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