ESRC PhD Studentship in Social Sciences: Family Support and the Early Years

Applications are being sought for a prestigious full time PhD Studentship, to be based in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, to begin in October 2014

Applications are invited for PhD proposals on any topic area related to support needs of families with pre-school children and the effectiveness of help provided. Potential topic areas include: father involvement, the needs of particular demographic groups, family support for families in the military and support needs associate with specific challenges such as domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental illness. Service delivery could also be the focus of study, including the role of volunteers in supporting families, the helping relationship, culturally appropriate services, the relationship between universal and specialist approaches and the relationship between voluntary sector and child protection interventions.

More information about the studentship is available on our own website by following the apply link at the bottom.


Residency Criteria: Due to funding restrictions full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.

Further information on eligibility can be found on our website by following the apply button at the bottom.


Applicants must submit an application by 12.00pm, 6th December 2013.

More information on how to apply can be found by following the apply link below.

About the School of Social Sciences

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Cardiff School of Social Sciences is a large School with over 160 staff and a thousand undergraduate and postgraduate students. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise rated almost all of its research to be of an international standard, with 55% of it either “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. This rating, together with the size of the School, places it amongst the top five centres in the UK. Since its creation in 2000, the School has attracted over £18 million of research funds.

Cardiff University is the home of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre, part of a national network of 21 accredited Doctoral Training Centres across the UK judged by the ESRC to deliver truly excellent postgraduate training provision.

About Cardiff University

The University is a member of the Russell Group and internationally recognised as one of Britain’s leading universities.

Our University Graduate College enhances the postgraduate experience by providing an extensive training and support programme.

The University is attractively located at the heart of a modern capital city, providing a high quality of life to our students.

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