Funded PhD Studentships in Politics and International Studies (PAIS)

University of Warwick

Applications are invited for funded PhD studentships in Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick. We seek high calibre doctoral candidates with a proven track record of academic excellence – demonstrable via outcomes of assessed work, the quality of the research proposal, and professional and/or academic experience.

PAIS is one of the leading Politics departments in the UK and boasts an ambitious and pluralist research culture as recognised by our strong REF2014 performance (4th on Research Intensity; 1st on Research Environment). PhDs are a fundamental part of our success story.

PAIS is dedicated to the professional development of doctoral students via high quality supervision, a range of professional socialisation courses, and full inclusion in one or more of our four specialist research clusters – Political Theory, Comparative Politics and Democratisation, International Political Economy, and International Relations and Security. Many of our PhD students publish in highly ranked academic journals and several of our students have either been nominated for or won the BISA and PSA thesis prizes. Moreover, PAIS has an enviable track record of supporting students as they transition from doctoral studies to post-doctoral and early career research positions in the UK and globally.  

Students interested in applying for funding should first consult our PhD application pages at before developing a strong academic proposal in co-ordination with an expert academic supervisor. After developing their proposal and with guidance from a potential supervisor, they will need to apply for a place on the PhD programme.

Either after or concurrent with submitting an application to the PhD programme, candidates may apply for one or more of the following studentships:

Chancellors International Scholarship (Deadline January 19th 2018). Fees and funding for up to 3.5 years. Open to overseas students only. The application for the scholarship is integrated in the main application for the PhD programme.

ESRC DTP Studentships (Deadline: January 18th 2018). Fees and funding for up to 4 years (UK students) or fees for up to 4 years (EU students); note that PAIS will offer one maintenance grant in line with the ESRC standard to up to one student eligible for the tuition fee award but not the maintenance funding.

PAIS Studentships (Deadline January 19th 2018). Fees and Funding for up to 3.5 years. Open to all students.

For further information please contact the PAIS Director for Research Degrees Dr Ed Page

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