8 March deadline: PhD studentships in Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law

At the University of Aberdeen, College of Arts and Social Sciences:

PhD Studentships

CISRUL is building a vigorous community of PhD students who work closely with the academic staff and play an important role in all our activities. PhD studies can often be a lonely experience and PhD student often find themselves working in splendid isolation; this is not the case at CISRUL, where we give great importance to including PhD students in our many events, both for their benefit and our own.

We do offer our own inter-disciplinary PhD programme in Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law. This is perfectly suited to students whose interests cross more than one discipline, and who are worried about being told that their PhD project does not fit with the strictures of a single discipline.

However, you are equally welcome to join the CISRUL community if you are interested in our topics but decide to enrol for a PhD in a single discipline, such as law, politics, anthropology, history, sociology or theology. Some of our current PhD students are enrolled in another discipline but are supervised (or co-supervised) by CISRUL members in that discipline. Similarly, you may join the CISRUL community if you are funded by another studentship, whether external or funded by the University.

PhD studentships

Those interested in being part of the CISRUL community may apply for our own PhD studentship, which will provide fees and partial maintenance funding, and/or for another PhD studentship such as the Comparative Statecraft one. Please indicate clearly in your application form:

1. whether you are applying for acceptance into the PhD programme in Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law, or another programme (e.g. Law, Politics, History, Anthropology…)

2. AND whether you are applying for our CISRUL studentship to fund your study, and/or another studentship such as the Comparative Statecraft one, in which some CISRUL staff are involved.

We assume that most applicants for the PhD in Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law will apply for the Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law studentship, but they may also choose to apply for the Comparative Statecraft or another studentship, if their proposed topic fits within it.

CISRUL PhD studentship

Our studentship will include full UK/Europe fees and may include partial maintenance. Overseas students are welcome to apply and would receive partial maintenance but would need to pay the difference between UK/Europe and overseas fees (the difference is around GBP7100 per year). We welcome applicants from anthropology, business, cultural and literary studies, history, legal theory and socio-legal studies, philosophy, politics, religious studies, sociology and theology.

Note that applicants must hold or be close to completing a postgraduate Masters degree in a relevant field.

The deadline for full consideration of applications for the studentship starting in September 2013 is 8 March 2013, although we may consider late applications.

 See for more info the website.

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