ESRC Wales DTP PhD studentship in Global Language-based Area Studies (general competition)

Cardiff University - School of Modern Languages

Application deadline
1 February 2018

Start date
October 2018

1+3 years, or +3 years

Award type
PhD studentship

The School of Modern Languages and the Department of Politics & International Relations (IR), supported by the Wales DTP, invite applications for PhD places with the possibility of a fully funded ESRC studentship.

The Global Language-based Area Studies (GLAS) pathway, which is hosted by the School of Modern Language in collaboration with Politics/ IR, would welcome applications with a social science orientation on topics which require good knowledge of, or a readiness to undertake study of, a modern foreign language, notably French, Spanish, German, Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, Chinese or Japanese. Other languages may also be available via the University’s Language for All programme or, subject to the approval of the DTP, in the form of bespoke hard language training.

Language-based area studies draws upon foreign language skills to explore the society, politics or culture of a particular country or region. Students may apply to do language-informed research on any aspect of area studies: the politics, society and culture of Europe and its member states; African and development studies; China and the creative economy; nationalism (in Spain and France); contemporary European history; modern foreign language-learning in Wales; migration studies; gender studies; international relations; governance, comparative politics, industrial relations or even some aspects of translation studies. However, before applying for these ‘open’ awards, students should check that there is the necessary research and supervisorial expertise within School of Modern Languages and/or the School of Law and Politics

Academic Criteria

ESRC studentships are highly competitive, candidates should have an excellent academic background in the humanities or social sciences, holding a 1st or an upper 2nd class degree (or the overseas equivalent); applications from those also holding a Masters degree (preferably an ESRC recognised Masters or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. There is no requirement to have already undertaken a Master’s as 1+3 students will have fully funded access to Cardiff University’s MSc in Social Science Research Methods.

Please note that we consider all individual applicants on their specific merits. If you do not have the standard qualifications but have relevant experience or expertise, you may still apply and your application will be considered.

If you are not a native speaker of English, you are normally expected to have passed an appropriate test in English, and you should provide evidence of this (including test scores) when you submit your application.

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees-only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.

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