ESRC Wales DTP Studentships in the School of Modern Languages and the Department of International Relations

Key facts

Application deadline 1 February 2019
Start date October 2019
Duration 1 +3 years, or +3 years
Funding body ESRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship

The School of Modern Languages and the Department of Politics and International Relations (IR), supported by the Wales Doctoral Training Programme, invite applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully funded ESRC DTP studentship, available to start in October 2019.

The Global Language-based Area Studies (GLAS) pathway, which is hosted by the School of Modern Languages in collaboration with Politics and International Relations, would welcome applications with a social science orientation on topics which require good knowledge of, or a readiness to undertake study of, a modern foreign language, notably:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Italian
  • Catalan
  • Portuguese
  • Chinese
  • Japanese.

Other languages may also be available via the University’s Language for All programme or, subject to the approval of the DTP, in the form of bespoke hard language training.

Language-based area studies draws upon foreign language skills to explore the society, politics or culture of a particular country or region. Students may apply to do language-informed research on any aspect of area studies:

  • the politics, society and culture of Europe and its member states
  • African and development studies
  • China, new media and the cultural industries
  • nationalism (in Spain and France)
  • contemporary European history
  • modern foreign language-learning in Wales
  • migration studies
  • gender studies
  • international relations
  • governance, comparative politics, industrial relations
  • some aspects of translation studies.

However, before applying for these ‘open’ awards, students should check that there is the necessary research and supervisor expertise within Modern Languages and/or Politics and International Relations. Students should feel free to contact supervisors directly but should also keep the pathway convenor – Professor Gordon Cumming (cumming@cf.ac.uk) until January 2019 and Dr Andrew Dowling (DowlingA@cf.ac.uk) after February 2019 – informed of their progress.

Supervisors

For advice on the academic aspects of your proposal, including your choice of supervisors, please contact Professor Gordon Cumming in Languages or Dr Andrea Calderaro in Politics and International Relations.

Contact

Gordon Cumming

Professor Gordon Cumming

Professor

Email:
cumming@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5590
Andrea Calderaro

Dr Andrea Calderaro

Senior 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 Research training support grant

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 humanities or social sciences, holding a 1st or an upper 2nd class degree (or the overseas equivalent) - applications from those also holding a master's degree (preferably an ESRC recognised master's or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a  +3 award. There is no requirement to have already undertaken a master’s as 1+3 students will have fully funded access to Cardiff University’s MSc in Social Science Research Methods.

Please note that we consider all individual applicants on their specific merits. If you do not have the standard qualifications but have relevant experience or expertise, you may still apply and your application will be considered.

If you are not a native speaker of English, you are normally expected to have passed an appropriate test in English, and you should provide evidence of this (including test scores) when you submit your application.

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees-only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.

Contact

Gordon Cumming

Professor Gordon Cumming

Professor

Email:
cumming@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5590
Andrea Calderaro

Dr Andrea Calderaro

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

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

Please apply for a PhD via the School of Modern Languages before preparing your PhD proposal on an area studies topic, particularly one of those highlighted in the overview tab. You are advised (i) to consult our guidelines on writing a research proposal and (ii) to contact a potential supervisor within the School of Modern Languages or Politics and International Relations. Please indicate clearly on your application form that you wish to be considered for this ESRC general/open competition.

Your application must include the following elements:

  1. A covering letter of up to two pages. The covering letter should be addressed to Dr Andrew Dowling (DowlingA@cf.ac.uk) and 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.
  2. Your academic/professional qualifications should include, where appropriate, proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).
  3. All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and request a reference to be submitted.
  4. Include a CV, no longer than two pages.
  5. A research proposal of up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including 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.

How your application will be assessed

Application forms will be assessed by the convenor of the GLAS pathway and relevant academic staff within Languages and Politics. Short-listed applicants will then be invited to interview. After interview, a final short-list will be put forward to the Wales DTP which will select only the very strongest candidates. The judgements of the Wales-DTP are final. Candidates should be notified of the results of their bids by mid-April.

For administrative queries regarding the admissions and application process, please contact Duncan Stockwell or languages-pg-admissions@cf.ac.uk.

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

Contact

Gordon Cumming

Professor Gordon Cumming

Professor

Email:
cumming@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5590
Andrea Calderaro

Dr Andrea Calderaro

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

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

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