PhD Fellowship: Legitimacy Crisis and Anti-Politics

University of Cambridge - Department of Politics and International Studies

The Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) invites applications for a 3 year PhD fellowship on 'Legitimacy Crisis and Anti-Politics'.

This fellowship is part of the PhD network 'The Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union' (PLATO), which is an EU-funded PhD network coordinated by Prof. Chris Lord at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo. The successful fellow will be supervised by Dr Christopher Bickerton, lecturer in politics at POLIS and fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge.

The PhD fellow will be part of a research group led by Dr Bickerton along with other doctoral and post-doctoral students working on populism and related topics. Co-supervision will be offered by a senior scholar at another PLATO partner university, to be selected by the network based on the submitted proposal.

Applicants should hold a Masters degree in political science, public administration, sociology, or a related social science discipline. The official starting date for the fellowship is 1 September 2017 with formal enrolment in the PhD programme starting at the beginning of the Michaelmas term of 2017 (early October 2017). The work will result in a doctorate in political science and international studies.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years and the successful candidate will have no teaching obligations.

Applications must be submitted by Tuesday 31 January 2017 through the University of Cambridge's applications portal. Further information about how to apply for a PhD at Polis is to be found here:

This website also includes details about entry requirements and the necessary documentation that makes up the PhD application. An application must follow the instructions laid out by the Board of Graduate Studies of the University of Cambridge. The web page with the applicant portal and all relevant advisory information is the following:

In addition to the general rules, applicants for the PLATO PhD position must include a letter of motivation; the project proposal must follow the PLATO guidelines; and provide a CV that includes information demonstrating that the MSCA-ITN criteria are met (mobility rule and career stage).

The application and all supporting documents must be provided in English

Please quote reference UE10830 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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