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Wales DTC ESRC PhD studentships in Social Sciences (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R1143
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 1 +3 years, or +3 years awards available
Funding Amount: full UK/EU fees, plus stipend at UK Research Council National Minimum, and a Research training support grant.
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

ESRC Wales DTC, ESRC, Cardiff University

Key Studentship Information

The Cardiff School of Social Sciences, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Wales (Wales DTC) invites applications to a number of fully-funded PhD studentships for the 2014/15 academic year. We have up to 11 fully-funded PhD Studentships available and the School expects to make doctoral studentship awards in the areas of Criminology, Education, Science and Technology Studies, Social Policy, Social Work and Social Care and Sociology.

The School holds up to 11 awards, available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years, completing the MSc in Social Science Research Methods in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years research study only. The Cardiff School of Social Sciences values diversity and equality at all levels, and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

Studentships will commence in October 2014 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (set at £13,726 for full-time students in 2013); the award includes an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £750 for three years for full-time students.

Supervision: These studentships are ‘open’ awards therefore the School welcomes proposals in a wide range of areas, however applicants should ensure that they have approached a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is supervisory capacity within the School. Information on the research interests of our staff can be found here on the School of Social Sciences webpages.

If you or need help in identifying an appropriate supervisor, please contact Vicky Parkin using the contact details below.

A list of potential supervisors can be found here.

Number of Studentships Available: Up to 11

Start Date: October 2014


This studentship is generously funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. It covers full UK/EU tuition fees, and includes a Doctoral Stipend matching the UK Research Council National Minimum (£13,726 p.a. for 2013/14, updated each year). There is also a research training and support grant of £750 p.a. to support research activities such as conference attendance, fieldwork, or a travel allowance.

The deadline for applications is 12.00pm, 28th February 2014.


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 Masters degree (preferably an ESRC recognised Masters or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award.

Residency Criteria: 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.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation by the deadline of 12.00pm, 28th February 2014. Note that the deadline is absolute and applications received after this specified time and date will not be accepted. A complete application includes the following:

NOTE: Please specify Social Sciences – Research Degree – Doctor of Philosophy (Social Sciences) (Full-time) with a start date of October 2014 whether you are applying for a +3 or 1+3 award.

NOTE: Applicants should use the ‘Research Proposal’ section of the application form (approx 500 words) to set out their doctoral thesis and project in summary. They should use the ‘Personal Statement’ section (approx 500 words) of the application form to set out their academic background and interests and their reasons for wanting to pursue postgraduate research study.

How your application will be assessed

The closing deadline for applications is 12:00pm 28 February 2014. Application forms will be assessed by the Director of Graduate Studies and relevant academic staff in the School, following which short-listed applicants will be invited to interview. We expect interviews to take place in the week commencing 17th March. After interview a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to the School's ESRC Doctoral Panel at which final decisions will be made. Successful applicants can expect to hear by the end of April.

All School decisions will be ratified by the Wales-DTC, and its judgements are final.

About the School

Cardiff University is acknowledged as one of Britain's leading teaching and research universities, held in high esteem both nationally and internationally. It has gained further recognition recently as one of the UK's top 20 universities and was short listed for the University of the Year title in The Sunday Times University Guide 2013. Cardiff University is also the home of the ESRC funded Wales DTC, part of a national network of 21 accredited Doctoral Training Centres across the UK judged by the ESRC to deliver truly excellent postgraduate training provision.

Cardiff School of Social Sciences is a large School with over 160 staff and a thousand undergraduate and postgraduate students. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise rated almost all of its research to be of an international standard, with 55% of it either “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. This rating, together with the size of the School, places it amongst the top five centres in the UK (and ranked number one in the UK for social sciences ‘research power’). The School’s academic and research staff and PhD students are engaged in high quality research employing a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, have an excellent publication record and are very active in international collaboration and interdisciplinary projects. About 120 full and part-time PhD students are currently enrolled in our doctoral programme, making ours a large and vibrant postgraduate community.

Further Information

Enquiries should be directed to:

Vicky Parkin

Telephone: +44 (0)2920 870 855

Further information about the School can be found here.

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