ESRC Wales DTP ‘Collaborative’ PhD Studentships in Social Sciences

Cardiff University

Start date: 1 October 2018 (PhD) or 24 September 2018 (1+3 Pathway)

Duration: 3-4 years Full-time or 5-6 years Part-time

Studentships: Up to seven

The School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for funded PhD study. These particular studentships, known as ‘collaborative studentships’, involve liaison with a non-academic organisation, often at many key stages of the research programme.

Projects available for entry 2018 within our School of Social Sciences:

Digital Economy & Society: Investigating social media and offline data to measure extremism and hate crime

Education: The experience of post-compulsory education and integration for asylum seekers in Wales

Education: The impact of employer engagement with secondary schools on young people’s aspirations and transitions from school to post-16 education and employment in Wales

Sociology: Engaging masculinities in a former Welsh Pit Village: supporting preparation for training/education for new industries

Social Policy: Putting principles into practice: frontline practitioners’ enactment of the Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure (2011)

Science and Technology Studies: The Social Shaping of Geological Science

Science and Technology Studies: A Digital Competence Framework in the making: Perceptions, Cultures and Practice

Academic criteria           
ESRC studentships are highly competitive, candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree. Applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency. If English is not your first language, you will need to have achieved at least an overall score of 7.0  in IELTS (or approved equivalent) by the start of the programme.

All study undertaken as part of the ESRC award must be carried out within the UK, except as part of overseas fieldwork which is an integral part of the study, conferences, or training. Students must be resident close to Cardiff University and maintain direct contact with the supervisors.

Additional Funding Information
Full UK/EU tuition fees

Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Studentship Awards commence in October 2018 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £14,553 p.a. for 2017/18 for full-time students, updated each year); and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants. The awards are available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), completing a research training Masters in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).

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