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Leverhulme Trust PhD Scholarship

University of York

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: York
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th August 2018
Closes: 24th August 2018

The Department of Politics at the University of York is delighted to offer one fully funded 3-year PhD scholarship (UK / EU tuition fees + stipend at UK research council rates), funded by the Leverhulme Trust as part of its Research Leadership Award (2016) to Dr. Timothy Stanton for his project Rethinking Civil Society: History, Theory, Critique.

The successful applicant will be one of a team of eight doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working on this five-year project, which is based at York but involves collaboration with the Lichtenberg Kolleg, The Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study. The scholarship is available to outstanding intellectual historians, political theorists, and historians of political thought seeking to conduct research on feminist thought in relation to civil society. The scholarship can begin at any time during the academic year 2018-19. 

In the past two generations, feminist critics of civil society have sought to expose the ways in which the institutions of politics, and civil society itself, have excluded women and denied them an equal status and opportunity. In the 1970s and 1980s feminists were highly critical of the state, which they damned as a hierarchical, bureaucratic, and male-dominated institution, looking to grassroots activism to build an oppositional feminist civil society, without hierarchy, dependence, and gender injustice. The gathering attack on the welfare state since that time led some feminists to challenge the assumed dichotomy between state and civil society, and likewise the boundary between the family and civil society, as originally theorised by Aristotle, as part of an attempt to revivify civil society by conceptualising ‘competing civil societies alongside the liberal one’, both in a national and global context. The successful candidate will explore these and related challenges to dominant conceptions of civil society in contemporary feminist theory. 

The closing date for applications is 24 August 2018.

Informal enquiries may be made to: or

"To apply for this scholarship you will need to apply for the PhD in Politics. On the application form please enter 'Leverhulme scholarship' in the 'How studies will be funded' field. You should submit a relevant research proposal based on the information above."

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