ESRC Wales DTP Studentships in Politics

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    Cardiff University
    United Kingdom
    Social sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)


The School of Law and Politics, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership of Wales (DTP), invites applicants for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship, available to start October 2018.

We are expecting to make doctoral studentship awards in the area of Politics and International Relations. In particular, the Department of Politics and International Relations welcomes research proposals in the following areas:

  • comparative politics, policy and governance
  • critical global politics
  • critical military studies
  • development and post colonialism
  • digital technologies, internet governance and cyber-security
  • European politics and area studies
  • gender and international relations
  • global environmental politics
  • intelligence and security
  • international law and international relations
  • nuclear politics
  • political and international theory
  • public policy
  • The Cold War
  • security studies
  • Wales, territorial and devolutionary politics.

These studentships are ‘open’ awards. Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the University and to discuss their draft application.

What is funded

Full UK/EU tuition fees and Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

An additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of up to £750 for three years for full-time students (pro rata for part-time students). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities and overseas institutional visits.


4 years (ie 1+3) or 3 years (+3) full-time or the equivalent part-time.


UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply

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 relevant research training master's degree (or an equivalent background in research training) with an average mark of at least 65% will be considered for a +3 award.

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements