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Dawes Trust PhD Studentship in Criminology (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R2194
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), International (Non EU), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

Key Studentship Information

Project Title: Dawes Trust PhD Studentship 2014

The Cardiff School of Social Sciences is pleased to announce the launch of a new Dawes Trust Bursary for 2014 and welcomes applications from prospective candidates.

The objectives of the Dawes Trust charity are “the fighting of crime including organised crime by the protection of people and property, the preservation of public order and the prevention and detection of crime for the public benefit”. In light of these objectives, the trustees judge it appropriate to make grants in respect of a wide range of activities, including:

The Trustees will be looking to support as wide a range of studies as possible and will thus welcome applications for work in widely differing fields relevant to the Trust’s objectives. They and their Advisory Council will be willing, as far as they are able, to assist and support the successful students with their studies.

Supervisors: A full list of potential supervisors can be found on the School of Social Science website.

Number of Studentships Available: 1

Start Date: October 2014


This studentship is generously funded by the Dawes Trust. It consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, plus a Doctoral Stipend of £14,250 p.a. Additionally, £1,000 is available as a contribution towards research and travel costs.


The Dawes Trust Bursary scheme will be awarded to successful applicants who fulfil the following criteria:

  1. The subject of the proposed PhD research must fall within the objects of the charity as explained.
  2. The subject matter must bear on crime affecting the United Kingdom.
  3. It must be relevant to criminal policy and/or criminal practice; and
  4. The continuation of bursaries awarded will be subject to satisfactory progress as demonstrated to the Dawes Trust trustees in June each year by a report on progress from each student and a research supervisor’s report. The latter will need to provide an assessment of the student’s work and a judgement on the likelihood of its completion for the degree.

Academic Criteria: Candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or upper 2nd class degree and have completed or be currently completing a relevant Masters degree. Applications are particularly welcomed from graduates in HUmanities and Social Science subjects.

Residency Criteria: This studentship is open to students of any nationality without restrictions. However, International students from outside of the UK/EU will be responsible for paying the difference between UK/EU fees and International fees.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation by the deadline of 12.00pm, 21st February 2014. Note that the deadline is absolute and applications received after this specified time and date will not be accepted.

The same documents can be used in support of both the scholarship and admission applications. However, they must be submitted separately to both: i.e. Dawes Bursary application documents emailed to and University admission application documents uploaded via the Online Application Service.

When putting together their proposals applicants should also look at the research interests of the staff in the School of Social Sciences.

Application deadline: 12pm, 21st February 2014

How your Application will be Assessed

Application forms will be assessed by a specialist panel made up and the Director of Graduate Studies, following which short-listed applicants will be invited to interview. We expect interviews to take place towards the end of March 2014.

The School will nominate a maximum of three applicants for the bursary in April 2014, with the final assessment of applications and decisions on the allocation of funding made by the Dawes Trustees. Students will be notified of the Trust’s decision regarding bursaries by 1st May 2014.

If you have any queries about this studentship, please contact Vicky Parkin via email at, or by telephone on +44 (0)2920 870 855 (weekdays, 9am-1pm).

About the School of Social Sciences

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 via email to, or via telephone on +44 (0)2920 870 855 (weekdays, 9am-1pm)

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