PhD Studentship in Politics

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Deadline for expressions of interest: 5th of November 2018

The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading is home to a range of world-class researchers working on topics from climate justice to the European far right and legitimacy in the UN.  We are currently inviting applications from excellent UK/EU students for a PhD funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership. We welcome applications in any area where our staff have expertise (see www.reading.ac.uk/spirs/staff-profiles/spirs-staff-profiles.aspx).

In particular, the Department hosts three research centres:

  • Reading Ethics and Political Philosophy (www.reading.ac.uk/spirs/research/spirs-REAPP.aspx) which brings together moral and political philosophers working in the analytical tradition.
  • The Leverhulme Climate Justice Centre (www.reading.ac.uk/climate-justice) which addresses both the scientific and justice aspects of climate change to enable key research issues to be addressed and appropriate policy developed.
  • The Ways of War Centre (www.reading.ac.uk/spirs/research/spirs-WaysofWarCentre.aspx) devoted to study of the practices, beliefs and motivations that have together constituted the phenomenon of warfare. It includes researchers with a background in the study of strategy, history, political science, international relations and international law.

The SeNSS studentship is available full- or part-time over 3-4 years depending on previous qualifications.

Further information about SeNSS see www.reading.ac.uk/graduateschool/funding-and-fees/gs-senss-info.aspx.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants for a 3 year award should typically hold or expect to gain a minimum of a high merit (an overall mark in the high 60s or equivalent) in a Master’s programme in Politics, International Relations or a related discipline. If you are applying for a four year award, you need to have achieved or expect to achieve a high 2.1 (an overall mark in the high 60s or equivalent) in your undergraduate degree.
  • Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is open to UK/EU students.

Funding Details:

  • Starts October 2019
  • RCUK Tuition fees plus stipend

How to apply

How to apply:

We are encouraging candidates to express an interest as early as possible in the autumn term and preferably before 5th November 2018. Candidates shortlisted by Reading will go forward to the next round of the SeNSS competition with a deadline early in 2019.

For the initial stage, please:

  1. Contact Dr Robert Jubb, Director of Postgraduate Research Studies for Politics and International Relations, r.s.d.jubb@reading.ac.uk, with brief details of your area of research interest and academic qualifications to date. Candidates going into competition will be expected to further develop their proposal after consultation.
  2. Submit an application for a PhD in Politics at www.reading.ac.uk/graduateschool/prospectivestudents/gs-how-to-apply.aspx. Please quote the reference ‘ESRC SeNSS’ in the ‘Scholarships applied for’ box which appears within the Funding Section of your online application.

Enquiries:

For more information about the Politics and International Relations pathway email Dr Robert Jubb, Director of Postgraduate Research Studies for Politics and International Relations: r.s.d.jub@reading.ac.uk.

Please note that any offer of funding will be provided separately from an offer of admission and will be subject to standard checks for eligibility and other criteria.

The University of Reading is ranked as one of the UK’s 20 most research-intensive universities and as one of the top 200 universities in the world. We enjoy a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. Established as an extension college of Christ Church, Oxford in 1892, we received a Royal Charter in 1926, the only university to do so between the two world wars.