PhD Studentship: Hope-Lille Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship Scheme

Liverpool Hope University

Applications are invited from outstanding applicants of a high caliber to pursue PhD research at Liverpool Hope University and Université Catholique de Lille in selected areas. The PhD student will be registered at Liverpool Hope University and these fee-only* PhD scholarships will be jointly supervised by academic staff from Liverpool Hope University and l’Université Catholique de Lille. We are seeking confident, innovative postgraduates with a record of achievement to undertake a broad range of thematic and inter-disciplinary projects. This call is open to both UK/EU and international applicants.


Liverpool Hope University and l’Université Catholique de Lille have signed a new strategic roadmap detailing their plans for joint collaboration around research, teaching, and development of joint degree programmes over the next three years and beyond. Central to the Strategic Alliance is the development of a European Institute, which aims to provide a framework for cross-disciplinary research projects, publications, joint masters degrees and co-supervision of PhD students. The Institute will be embedded within eight academic projects involving a wide array of disciplines - English language and literature, business, law, environmental studies, politics and international relations, education, health sciences, psychology, theology and philosophy. Fostering new, intellectually and culturally enriching learning opportunities for students is high on the agenda of both universities.

Liverpool Hope University has an outstanding reputation and commitment to research that shapes humanity, science and society. In the recent REF 2014 Research Assessment our research programme was ranked in the top half in the UK and fourth in the North West for Research Intensity. Overall, more than a third of our research received the prestigious 4* and 3* rating as world-leading and internationally excellent. You can find out more information at

We provide a rich and vibrant research environment for our doctoral students. You will have access to the University’s well equipped research infrastructure, extensive library resources and multi-million pound state-of-the-art new science laboratory facilities. Supervision is provided from world-leading and internationally excellent academic staff who will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills, and share the techniques and professional networks cultivated through their own cutting-edge research. Pastoral support is also provided, alongside academic guidance. You will become part of the lifeblood of the University’s research community, and will be considered active partners in your own and the community’s development. You will also undertake professional development through a research skills training programme, accessing development opportunities which support the production of excellent research and enhance your employability.

This award would cover full tuition fees for a maximum of three years of full-time doctoral study (subject to evidence of satisfactory progress and periodical review as deemed suitable by the supervisory team). It is an expectation that these PhDs will be successfully completed before June 2020.


Candidates should have or expect to achieve:

  • A Masters degree with Distinction from a UK university OR;
  • A Masters degree with Merit from a UK university, including a Distinction grade for the Dissertation [or equivalent] OR;
  • An equivalent qualification from outside of the UK – equivalency to be judged by Liverpool Hope’s Registrar.

Where an applicant holds a Masters Degree from a UK university that does not offer awards with Merit, Liverpool Hope’s Registrar will confirm that the profile of marks satisfies or exceeds our requirements.

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are prerequisites of any successful application. International applicants must produce appropriate TOFEL or IELTS score. Please refer to International Unit website at for more information.


Prospective applicants are advised to contact the relevant faculty member, i.e. Principal Investigator (PI) named on the Eligible Project listed to informally discuss their application before submission. Eligible applicants should apply via the Online Application System located on our applicant web pages at – please refer to the ‘Apply Now’ tab.

The deadline for full applications is midnight on Thursday 25th May 2017 for June 2017 (or as soon as practically possible) start.

Expression of Interest is a formal stage of the online application – students applying should insert the following statement only: ‘2017 Hope-Lille PhD Scholarships’. Applicants are advised to do this at the earliest opportunity as the full application form is not released until this stage of our application process is complete.

Applicants will be able to upload copies of official academic achievements in undergraduate degree classification and master degree award, plus copies of official transcripts of all degree subjects taken, proof of English fluency (for non-native English speakers only). Written sample of no more than 3,000 words will be required to demonstrate the applicant’s skills as a researcher and/or shows skills in organising and presenting research findings. Please see the attached guidelines.


Further details can also be obtained by contacting Professor Atulya Nagar ( or Professor Andra Cotiga-Raccah ( quoting ‘2017 Hope-Lille PhD Scholarships’ in the subject line of your email message.

Applicants must also arrange for three academic references from academic referees to be sent directly to Professor Atulya Nagar at by the application deadline. Applications without supporting references will not be accepted.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview.


For more information on the 2017 Hope-Lille PhD Scholarships and specific projects, please see the list below:

  1. Title: Public Dying
    Supervisors: Dr Mike Brennan ( and Dr Cathy LeBlanc (
    Roadmap Research Theme: Identity & Religion
  2. Title: Food Waste Policy
    Supervisors: Dr Sabine Weiland ( and Dr Bryce Evans (
    Roadmap Research Theme: Health Care & Public Policy
  3. Title: European integration
    Supervisors: Dr Michael Holmes ( and Dr Giulia Sandri (
    Roadmap Research Theme: Future of Europe
  4. Title: Disability + Trans- Humanism
    Supervisors: Dr David Bolt (, Dr Owen Barden ( and Dr David Doat (
    Roadmap Research Theme: Health Care & Public Policy
  5. Title: 'Pedagogical Innovation and the Learning Environment'
    Supervisors: Dr Penny Haughan (, Prof Jean-Charles Cailliez (, and Dr Nick Almond (
    Roadmap Research Theme: Innovation in Teaching Methods
  6. Title: Early Modern Women and Intellectual History
    Supervisors: Dr Lisa Walters ( and Dr Roger Vincent (
    Roadmap Research Theme: Literature, History and Culture
  7. Title: 'Teaching Excellence in Higher Education'
    Supervisors: Dr Frank Su (, Dr Namrata Rao ( and Prof Jean Charles Cailliez (
    Roadmap Research Theme: Innovation in Teaching Methods

*Please note: This is a full-time study. Successful candidates are not necessarily required to be based at Liverpool or Lille however they will be required to spend time at Liverpool and Lille during this split site PhD programme and a travel bursary will be provided to enable this. Some paid opportunities for light teaching related support activities (GTA role) may be available depending on the requirements in the Faculties.

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