ESRC Wales DTP PhD studentship in Global Language-based Area Studies (general competition)

Key facts

Application deadline 1 February 2018
Start date October 2018
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 & International Relations (IR), supported by the Wales DTP, invite applications for PhD places with the possibility of a fully funded ESRC studentship.

The Global Language-based Area Studies (GLAS) pathway, which is hosted by the School of Modern Language in collaboration with Politics/ IR, 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 or 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 and the creative economy; 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 or even some aspects of translation studies. However, before applying for these ‘open’ awards, students should check that there is the necessary research and supervisorial expertise within School of Modern Languages and/or the School of Law and Politics. Students should feel free to contact supervisors directly but should also keep the pathway convenor, Professor Gordon Cumming informed of their progress.

Supervisors

For advice on the academic aspects of your proposal, including your choice of supervisors, please contact Professor Gordon Cumming (Cumming@cardiff.ac.uk) in the School of Modern Languages or Dr Andrea Calderaro (CalderaroA@cardiff.ac.uk) in the Department of Politics and International Relations.

Contact

Alex Ford

Alex Ford

Admissions and Recruitment Officer

Email:
forda9@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0824
Gordon Cumming

Professor Gordon Cumming

Professor

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

Dr Andrea Calderaro

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

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 Masters degree (preferably an ESRC recognised Masters 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.

EU Nationals who do not meet the 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

Alex Ford

Alex Ford

Admissions and Recruitment Officer

Email:
forda9@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0824
Gordon Cumming

Professor Gordon Cumming

Professor

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

Dr Andrea Calderaro

Lecturer in International Relations

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

Application deadline is 4:00 pm, Thursday 1 February 2018.

Please apply in the first instance for a PhD within the School of Modern Languages (languages-pg-admissions@cardiff.ac.uk). Successful applicants will either be located in that School or within the Department of Politics and International Relations.

Before preparing your PhD proposal on an area studies topic, particularly one of those highlighted above, you are advised

  • to consult our guidelines on writing a research proposal and
  • to contact a potential supervisor with the School of Modern Languages or the Department of Politics and International Relations.

Please indicate clearly on your application form that you wish to be considered for this ESRC Wales DTP general competition.

Your application must include must include the following six elements:

  • a covering letter of up to two pages
  • details of academic/professional qualifications
  • proof of English language competency
  • the names of two academic referees
  • a cv (two pages maximum)
  • a research proposal of up to 1000 words (plus 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, following which short-listed applicants will 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 further details of the application process, please contact Alex Ford.

For advice on the academic aspects of your proposal, including your choice of supervisors, please contact Professor Gordon Cumming (Cumming@cardiff.ac.uk) in the School of Modern Languages or Dr Andrea Calderaro (CalderaroA@cardiff.ac.uk) in the Department of Politics and International Relations.

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

Contact

Alex Ford

Alex Ford

Admissions and Recruitment Officer

Email:
forda9@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0824
Gordon Cumming

Professor Gordon Cumming

Professor

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

Dr Andrea Calderaro

Lecturer in International Relations

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

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Eligible research programmes

Eligible research areas