Deadline: 2016-10-31

ESRC Wales DTC PhD Studentships in Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Wales (Wales DTC) invites applications to a number of fully-funded PhD studentships for the 2016/17 academic year.

The School of Social Sciences values diversity and equality at all levels, and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

Studentships will commence in October 2016.

The following ESRC Wales DTC studentship is available:

ESRC Wales DTC PhD in Social Sciences (Social Policy): The Impact of Devolution on the Promotion of Gender Equality in Wales

Full Applications are invited for proposals exploring the impact of devolution on gender (and/or other modes of) equality in Wales with reference to third sector organisations’ public policy engagement. Potential topic areas include: the issues, progress and challenges of meso-level working across devolved policy fields; the extent to which the devolved institutional structures of governance have facilitated or frustrated NGOs’ attempts to shape policy and law-making in order to advance the substantive representation of women; representation and NGOs’ organisational response to the political opportunity structures presented by devolution in relation to action-repertoires, NGO staff standing for/ holding elected office, as well as mobilisation and networking. The research may be single-country focused or comparative in nature.


Academic criteria:

ESRC studentships are highly competitive, candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a Master’s degree (preferably an ESRC recognised Masters or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award.

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To be eligible for a full award a student must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay and
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences) and
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

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