Sustainable Care: Connecting People and Systems: 5 Exceptional PhD Study Opportunities linked to a Multi-disciplinary ESRC-funded Programme within an Extensive International Research Network

University of Sheffield

The ESRC Sustainable Care Research Programme, based mainly at the Universities of Sheffield lead partner ; Kings College London; and the University of Birmingham is offering 5 funded, full-time PhD studentships beginning late September 2017.

The new programme, announced by ESRC on 29 June 2017, offers students with relevant interests and expertise an exceptional opportunity to engage with a major programme of linked research. The programme will address challenges in meeting the care needs of ageing populations, in an integrated programme comprising Work Strands on ‘Care Systems’ and on ‘Care Work and Care Relationships’.

Suitably qualified applicants committed to excellence in research and to working collaboratively with other scholars are invited to apply. Funding is available to cover 3 years' tuition fees at the UK/EU level*, with a living costs stipend, also payable for 3 years at Research Councils UK funding rates .

An exciting new development, funded 2017-2021 through the prestigious ESRC Large Grants scheme, Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems, directed by Professor Sue Yeandle University of Sheffield , will deliver internationally excellent, innovative research in a collaborative programme linking seven Universities, with links to a wider international network of scholars across 15 countries and in 26 research centres / institutes . All are committed to innovative and excellent comparative research, to the advancement of theory and methods, and to investigations which achieve impact.

The 5 studentships offered are in the following topic areas / disciplines:


The deadline for applications is 31 August 2017. Candidates who apply before this deadline may be assessed in advance of the deadline, therefore candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in person or remotely, as appropriate, in most cases in the week commencing 4 or 11 September 2017. Appointees will ideally start during the week commencing 25 September 2017 or as soon as practicable after that date. Start dates are negotiable for non-UK appointees who require a visa for study.

Candidates should email to apply. Applications should include:

  • Clear indication of which of the 5 studentship s candidates are applying for candidates can apply for more than 1 if they wish ;
  • A CV maximum 2 pages , focusing on educational achievements qualifications, clearly specifying if these have already been awarded or are in prospect before the end of 2017 ; any relevant experience of paid or voluntary work; any relevant awards and prizes; and other information about the candidate’s skills or experience they consider potentially relevant to PhD studies in the relevant topic area;
  • The names of two referees who can comment in detail on the candidate’s academic achievements and potential;
  • A statement maximum of 500 words setting out why the candidate is interested in the specific studentship s they are applying for and why they feel they are suitably qualified/motivated to undertake a PhD study on the topic chosen. Candidates who are applying for 2 studentships should submit 2 statements .

* Overseas students from outside the EU may apply, but will need to pay additional fees up to the overseas student rate.

Candidates should read the additional information:

Please note that offers to successful candidates will only be made after applications have been submitted through the online application system of the University at which the candidate's studentship will be based, and that offers will be subject to eligibility checks.

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