Collaborative PhD studentship provided by English Bridge Education and Development, UK and Irish Bridge Unions and University of Stirling: Bridging the Gap: An Exploration of Transitions in Play through the Lifecourse

University of Stirling - Faculty of Social Sciences

3 year PhD studentship based in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, commencing Autumn 2018

The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling is seeking applicants for a full-time PhD studentship to begin in the 2018/2019 academic year. This studentship is funded by English Bridge Education and Development, UK and Irish Bridge Unions and the University of Stirling. The studentship provides full fees (at UK/EU rates), along with a living allowance and a training grant (at ESRC rates, see Applications from overseas candidates will be considered, however, they will be required to pay the difference in fees between the Home/EU and Overseas rates. The studentship is open to applicants with an excellent undergraduate or Master’s level qualification in a social science or related discipline.

The study will be supervised by University of Stirling academics:

It will be further supported by colleagues from English Bridge Education and Development (EBED – see, led by Dr Caroline Small, EBED Trustee and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College.

Candidate requirements and eligibility

The successful applicant will have:

  • A degree level qualification in a social science or related discipline, either an excellent undergraduate degree or Master's degree
  • A track record of excellent performance in previous academic studies
  • An interest in qualitative sociological research
  • An interest in the research areas and methodologies involved in the project
  • Skills in time management and completion of work.

Other desirable attributes include:

  • Some knowledge or experience of playing bridge
  • Experience and skills in qualitative research methods
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience of research or practice with children or older adults
  • Knowledge of relevant fields such as childhood or youth studies, the lifecourse, gerontology, lifelong learning, sociology of leisure or mind sports, educational games.

How to Apply

Applications should include a covering letter (referring to the essential and desirable criteria above);

  • A full CV including the names of two referees (at least one referee should be an academic);
  • A transcript of grades achieved during previous university studies;
  • A sample of the candidate’s written academic work;
  • A short summary (500-1000 words) written by the candidate that explains how they would approach the project’s research.

The sample of academic work should be up to 2000 words, comprising a piece of work (or an extract from a longer piece of work), that the candidate has submitted in their previous University studies, and that demonstrates their competency as a prospective PhD candidate. The short summary of how the candidate would approach the research should refer to the project summary and will be used to assess the applicant’s knowledge of the research field and of relevant methodological issues, including the opportunities and challenges involved in this study.

Applications to by Friday 22nd June.

For further information, please contact Prof Samantha Punch, or tel 01786.467985

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