ESRC Wales DTP studentships in Law and Politics
|Application deadline||1 February 2019|
|Start date||October 2019|
|Duration||1 +3 years, or +3 years|
|Level of study||Postgraduate research|
|Award type||PhD studentship|
Cardiff University School of Law and Politics, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for PhD study with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship, available to start in October 2019.
We expect to make doctoral studentship awards to research in the area of empirical studies of law, which draws on theories, tools and techniques from social science to address legal questions. The School of Law and Politics is a leading centre of socio-legal studies with a longstanding track record in empirical legal studies.
Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, or appropriate master’s degree. The University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages 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’ (one full time year of research training master's followed by three years of full-time doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.
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 webpages. The pathway convener Dr. Rachel Cahill-O'Callaghan may be able to advise you.
|Tuition fee support||Full UK/EU tuition fees|
|Maintenance stipend||Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum|
|Additional funding offered||There is access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), though an element of this 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.|
|Residency||UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply|
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 master's 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.
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).
A completed application form for admission to doctoral study in Cardiff School of Law and Politics Postgraduate must be submitted by the deadline of 12:00 (noon) on 1 February 2019. Please mark your application for consideration for ESRC studentship.
Incomplete applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted. Please ensure you apply for an October 2019 start, and put the ESRC 3+1 scholarship in the funding box.
The application must contain the following documents:
1. Covering letter - Please address to Dr. Rachel Cahill-O’Callaghan. The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University, and the empirical studies in law 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. 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 - Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).
3. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include references with their application.
4. Curriculum Vitae: It should be no longer than two pages.
5. Research Proposal: The proposal should be up to a maximum of 5000 words, not including bibliographic references. If you are invited for interview, you will be asked to prepare a shortened proposal of a maximum 1000 words. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:
- title, aims and purpose of the research
- brief overview of the academic literature relevant to your field
- proposed design/methods
- academic contributions of your research
- bibliographic references.
Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in late February/early March 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. In most cases successful applicants can expect to hear by early April 2019.
We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.
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