PhD Studentship in Comparative Politics at University of Leicester UK

PhD Studentship in Comparative Politics at University of Leicester UK

PhD Studentship in Comparative Politics

The Department of Politics and International Relations is pleased to offer a fully-funded studentship for September 2015 entry to its Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme.

The Department of Politics and International Relations is pleased to offer a fully-funded studentship for October 2015 entry to its Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme. This studentship will pay full-time University UK/EU tuition fees for three years and include an annual stipend of £14,057. The successful applicant will also have access to a Research Training Support Grant worth £750 each year to help cover costs associated with their research work.

Research Areas and Supervision

The successful applicant for this PhD studentship in comparative politics will be attached to the Department’s Parties, Participation, and Public Opinion Research Cluster.

We welcome research proposals from suitably qualified applicants looking to undertake research in areas consistent with the research interests of theDepartment’s academic staff. However, we would particularly welcome applications from those looking to undertake research with a focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • British Politics
  • Representation
  • Gender Politics
  • Legislatures
  • Political Parties

Entry Requirements

  • First class or upper second class undergraduate degree or an equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant subject*
  • It is expected that applicants will also hold a Masters degree in a relevant subject*
  • Standard English language requirements
  • Available to suitable UK/EU and International (i.e., outside the EU) applicants – please note though that the award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only; international applicants (and those not eligible to pay UK/EU tuition fees) must demonstrate at the time of their application that they can fund the difference in tuition fee rates
  • Available for full-time registration only
  • Available to new applicants only – i.e., existing PhD students are not eligible for this studentship
  • Applicants must be able to start in September 2015

* or show evidence of achieving this by September 2015

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries are welcome – please contact Dr Richard Whitaker:

  • +44 (0)116 252 2756

Apply Now

1. Draft a research proposal that tells us what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing

2. Prepare your supporting documents – with your application you need to include proof that you meet the academic and English language entry requirements:

    • include all relevant certificates/diplomas and transcripts
    • international applicants must provide official copies of their entire course transcripts including explanations of the mark schemes used and, where possible, an indication of their class ranking/position in class
    • supporting documents not in English must be provided with a certified English translation

You must also provide contact details for two academic (not personal) referees who can comment on your suitability for the research degree programme

3. Submit your online application or apply by post

Important Advice for Applicants

  • The closing date for receipt of applications is 19 April 2015
  • Applications that do not include a full research proposal and the required supporting documents will not be considered
  • In the Fees and Financial Support section of the application, applicants must state that they wish to be considered for this September 2015 PhD Studentship in Politics and International Relations (Ref. Comparative Politics)

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