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PhD Scholarships – School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University

We have an outstanding reputation for our commitment to research that shapes lives and society. As part of our continued pledge to invest in research excellence, the School of Social Sciences  will be offering up to 10 fully-funded PhD bursary places.  The scholarships will pay UK / EU fees* and provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate (currently £14,057 for academic year 2015/16) for up to three years. The scholarships are due to commence in October 2015.


The bursaries are for excellent candidates who intend to work on specific projects; Politics-related projects include:

  • The Human Subject and Attitudes to Nature – Dr Ros Hague
  • A Critical Analysis of the challenges to the transition from State Owned to Private Owned Enterprises in Modernising states – Dr Liam McCarthy
  • A Critical Analysis of Counter-Radicalisation Policy in Europe and/or the Middle East – Dr Chris Baker-Beall
  • The Political Economy of Energy Security and Nuclear Energy Proliferation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – Dr Imad El-Anis
  • Young people and political (dis)engagement – Professor Matt Henn

For more information about the PhD Scholarships and for specific projects available in the School of Social Sciences, please visit


The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 11 December 2015.


*Applications from non-EU students are welcome, but a successful non-EU candidate would be responsible for paying the difference between non-EU and UK/EU fees. (Fees for 2015/16 are £12,300 for non-EU students and £4,052 for UK/EU students)

Up to 50 Fully-funded PhD Studentships in Gender Equality in Europe

Nottingham Trent University is offering a fully-funded PhD studentship in Gender Equality in Europe. Please contact Gill Allwood for further information. See below for an outline of the scheme and the project. The deadline for applications is 12 pm, Friday 11 December 2015.:

The Vice-Chancellor’s Researcher Development Scheme – nurturing the next generation of researchers

Up to 50 Fully-funded PhD Studentships

We create strong relationships that enable discovery, drive innovation, and change both the world and ourselves.

As part of our new Strategic Plan (2015-2020), we are committed to expanding our research excellence, and nurturing the next generation of researchers as well as our existing research staff. We recognise the essential contribution our postgraduate community can make in the pursuit of research excellence and impact.

With our ambition to support and develop research excellence, the new Vice-Chancellor’s Researcher Development Scheme will enable the strongest research students to take their first steps towards a career as a future research leader.

If you have, or expect to receive a first-class honours degree, then we can offer you the opportunity to become a Vice Chancellor’s Scholar. This includes the chance to follow your PhD with a one year position at NTU as a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate.

If you are as interested in pursuing research excellence, making an impact, and have ambitions to be a future research leader, we would love to hear from you.

We now invite applications for 2016 across a broad range of disciplines, including this project:

Gender Equality in Europe

Have gender equality policies contributed to greater gender equality? What would make them more effective?

Despite extensive gender equality policies and widespread endorsement of the idea of gender mainstreaming, there is still clear evidence of persistent gender inequality in Europe: violence against women; the gender pay gap; the gendered distribution of care, are just some examples. This project explores the gap between policy and practice, contributing to the growing scholarly interest in this area, with its important policy implications.

Focusing on policy issues such as domestic violence, forced marriage, reproduction, migration and poverty, this project explores:

the way in which gender equality is included in, and excluded from, policymaking institutions and processes;

the relation between, and the relative importance of, the European and the national level;

the impact on gender equality.

The project is connected to three overlapping international networks of scholars, practitioners, and activists: Re-integrating Gender in the EU; the (In)visibility of Gender in the European Union; and Gender Equality Policy in Practice.

Contact: for informal discussions.

One-day Workshop – Male Over-Representation in Politics: Preliminary Research and Developing a Research Agenda

A One-Day Workshop

Held at the University of Bristol’s SPAIS Gender Research Centre,

Wednesday, 3rd of Feb 2016

Hosted by the University of Bristol SPAIS Gender Research Centre, the School of Politics and IR at QMUL and Uppsala Universitet, Sweden, and the UK PSA Women & Politics.

At the 2015 ECPR Joint Session of Workshops, Elin Bjarnegård and Rainbow Murray hosted the workshop, ‘The Causes and Consequences of Male Over-Representation’. Reframing the question of gender and representation, the workshop permitted the identification of new research agendas focusing explicitly on men’s presence in politics rather than women’s marginalization or under-representation. New questions and research areas within the field of gender and politics were invoked, and during the workshop it became clear that the study of men, masculinities and politics was fertile ground for research, requiring much greater exploration.

This one-day workshop provides an opportunity to revisit such research almost one year on: for researchers who were present at ECPR and for those who have come to the topic since. We are seeking papers that examine the reasons for men’s over-representation, and the means by which they perpetuate their position. Papers might explore differences between men vis a vis political participation, as well as men’s reactions to women’s participation. Concepts of representation, accountability, and men’s interests would also be of critical importance to the workshop. Theoretical and empirical papers are welcome.

We have secured sufficient funding so as to require no registration fee. There are, however, no general funds for travel. We are pleased to announce that there is now a small fund to support PhD students’ attendance for research students presenting their work.

The workshop also has limited places, and so we ask for abstracts (no more than 250 words) to be submitted to by the 1st of November 2015.

APRA Foundation Berlin Graduate Student Teaching Scholarship in Philosophy – £14,057 plus £4,096 fees p.a.

We have the following exciting opportunity to study full-time for a PhD, while undertaking teaching and research and editorial responsibilities within the Philosophy discipline area, in SPIRE (School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and the Environment) within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.
SPIRE has a strong track record of research excellence, as recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). 100% of research returned to the REF2014 Philosophy panel was assessed as at least international standard, with over half (57%) judged to be World Leading or Internationally Excellent.
The successful candidate’s doctoral project will be on a topic in the area of Kantian Studies. The topic can be in any of the areas of scholarship related to the work of Immanuel Kant – for instance, Kant’s practical philosophy (ethics, political philosophy, legal philosophy, philosophy of religion), Kant’s theoretical philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind or logic), Kant’s teleology (including philosophy of art and aesthetics or philosophy of biology), or Kant’s philosophy of history or anthropology.
The studentship is part-sponsored by the Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation (APRA) in Berlin, and as such, the student will be required to undertake editorial and other research duties required by Professor Adrian Piper and the Foundation. These may include, but are not limited to the area of Kantian Studies.
The student will join the recently created Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Kantian Research Centre (KOSAK) and will be supervised by Dr Sorin Baiasu, with possible joint supervision from colleagues at Oxford University of University of St Andrews.
The post is for a maximum of 180 hours per annum. This will normally involve contributing to no more than 6 hours per week of teaching, editorial or other duties relating to APRA. The post will commence on 1 October 2015 and can only be held in conjunction with full-time PhD study.
Application Information
£2,052 GTA salary pa
£12,005 Stipend pa
£4,052 Tuition fee waiver pa
The total package is worth £18,109 per year. You will receive a salary/stipend of £14,057 per year for three years. Overseas (non-EU) students will be eligible, but will need to cover the difference between EU and international fees.
Applications should comprise of a PhD application form, including a personal statement re-garding suitability for the APRA Foundation Berlin Graduate Teaching Scholarship position. For further particulars, job description, person specification and application form see:…/choosingaresearchdeg…/studentships/
Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Sorin Baiasu to discuss their project plans before applying,, telephone 01782 733364.
Enquiries about the application process should be directed to the Postgraduate Administrator, Helen Farrell at or 01782 733641.
The closing date for this role is Friday 18 September 2015