50th Anniversary Studentships 2014/2015



Kent Law School (KLS) invites applications for full time research studentships leading to the degree of PhD commencing in September 2014, in celebration of the University’s 50th anniversary.

The funding for these studentships will be available for one year in the first instance, and extended (for registered students only) for a second and then a third year providing verifiable progress has been made (in teaching and research). Successful applicants for the studentships will receive a maintenance grant equivalent to that offered by the ESRC (£13,726 in 2013/2014) and tuition fees paid either at the home/EU rate (£3,900 in 2013/2014) or the overseas rate (£12,030 in 2013/2014). Those awarded a studentship may be expected to do some teaching on an undergraduate law module, at the direction of the Head of School. For more details see the relevant webpage: http://www.kent.ac.uk/law/postgraduate/research/KLS_research_funding.html

Research at KLS
Kent Law School was ranked the 6th best law school in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. It enjoys a pluralistic intellectual environment for research, where both traditional and critical legal scholarship, theoretical and empirical work, and interdisciplinary studies all flourish. 

It would be an advantage if applicants could demonstrate how their research will contribute to existing debates in their field, as well as how the candidate will contribute to our vibrant postgraduate community at KLS. It is expected that successful applicants will undertake their studies in areas of research strength of the School. We particularly welcome research proposals in socio-legal, law and the humanities, and critical legal studies.

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Click here for research specialisations: http://www.kent.ac.uk/law/research/index.html

KLS has a lively and integrated postgraduate research community. There is substantial annual funding available, within determined limits, including for those PhD students without studentships, to attend conferences and present their research. The community of postgraduate students is provided with a common room and a facilitator to help them present, explore and develop their research ideas within a supportive community of their peers. They also take a compulsory research methods module, together with an anchor workshop offered by the Graduate School as part of their Transferable Skills Programme. Many students also participate in regular reading groups.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants should normally have obtained, or be about to obtain an undergraduate degree of at least Upper Second Class Honours level (2:1 or equivalent from other countries), or a postgraduate degree.

How to Apply
Those wishing to apply for the 50th Anniversary Studentships must apply to study for a postgraduate degree electronically at the Apply button below. 

Along with their application, candidates must supply a research proposal of no more than 1500 words (including bibliography), as well as a sample of their written work (not exceeding 4,000 words).

Informal enquiries may be directed to:

Ms Maria Drakopoulou
Director of Postgraduate Research
Kent Law School, University of Kent
Canterbury
CT2 7NS
Kent
Telephone 01227 827949, e-mail m.drakopou[email protected]

Closing Date: Friday 31 January 2014

Interviews are expected to be held in the middle of March 2014

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