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ESRC WRDTP Collaborative Studentship - From #nucleargirlposse to ‘disarm the patriarchy’, analysing the gendering of nuclear weapons.


Key facts

Friday 12 March 2021
Funding start date
Friday 1 October 2021
Number of funding places
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Source of funding
Research council
Key staff
Dr Laura Considine
School of Politics and International Studies
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Leeds invites applications for an ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership fully funded PhD project to investigate the impacts of an increasing focus on gender in nuclear weapons policymaking. This PhD project will analyse the impact of recent attempts to gender the nuclear policy space. The PhD is in partnership with the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), an independent think-tank on nuclear security. The successful candidate will join BASIC&#039;s programme on Gender, Youth and Diversity and spend a portion of their time each year of the PhD working with BASIC and developing policy-relevant outputs. <br /> <br /> International institutions, states and civil society have increasingly asserted the importance of gender for nuclear weapons and promoted gender-mainstreaming in advocacy and policymaking, but no academic research to date has examined the effects of this and asked what the goals of these initiatives are and what impact, if any, such initiatives have had. Gender approaches vary greatly, from those that focus on mentoring women (e.g. the twitter hashtag #nucleargirlposse), to feminist challenges to nuclear violence (with the slogan `disarm the patriarchy`), with sometimes conflicting goals and methods. Policy initiatives also often equate gender with women and focus on representation. This PhD project will address the research question: how has gender been incorporated into the field of nuclear weapons policymaking, and with what outcomes? The project will involve extensive engagement in nuclear policy, developing and sharing research with states, international institutions and civil society.<br /> <br /> The award will begin in October 2021. Funding will include tuition fees and a maintenance grant (15,609 GBP p.a. for 21/22 for full-time students) plus an additional ESRC Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) as well as financial support for travel to London to work with BASIC, and to attend international nuclear weapons policy events as part of the BASIC team.<br />

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible"Full description</h2>

<p>Nuclear weapons have been traditionally studied in International Relations (IR) as gender neutral but are deeply gendered. It is a world in which women are &lsquo;grossly underrepresented&rsquo; (WIIS 2020) and gendered ideas of masculinity and power structure thinking and policymaking (Cohn 1982).&nbsp;</p> <p>While activists (such as the WILPF) have incorporated gender at the core of their work for many decades and Cold War feminist security studies highlighted the gendered nature of nuclear discourse, there has been little post-Cold War academic work on the topic. Meanwhile, gender has become increasingly common in state and policymaker discourse &ndash; but for what purpose and with what effect? This project will conduct sustained research on how gender has been incorporated into the field of nuclear weapons policymaking and will examine what impact this has had. The project will combine work across disciplines including Feminist Theory, Gender Studies and Cultural Anthropology to advance knowledge on a topic traditionally understood in IR as a non-gendered realm.</p> <p>The PhD will combine academic research and training with policy-relevant work and training with the project partner <a href="">BASIC</a>. The collaboration takes the form of sustained regular contact, combining in-person visits and remote working with weekly online meetings. The student will have hands-on experience as part of the BASIC team travelling to policy forums. The PhD will provide professional development training in policy writing, working through practitioner networks, organising and managing policy events. The student will contribute to BASIC&rsquo;s programmes by developing and disseminating two BASIC policy briefs.</p> <p>This project is part of the White Rose DTP <a href="">Security, Conflict and Justice (SCJ) pathway</a>&nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Faculty information</h2>

<p>These awards are available to applicants who are both home and overseas rated. UKRI has set a maximum limit of 30% of studentships for international students.</p> <p>We welcome applications for full and part-time study, and the studentship is available as either &#39;1+3&#39; (one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or &#39;+3&#39; (three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.&nbsp;</p> <p>Applicants applying for a +3 award must demonstrate that they have already completed substantial social sciences training in research methods which would enable them to undertake an independent research project in a particular discipline or interdisciplinary field. An applicant must have at least 60 credits at Masters level of core social sciences research methods acquired in the last five years. Applicants should read the <a href="">ESRC WRDTP studentship information and eligibility criteria</a> for further details of pathways, eligibilty and schemes.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<h4><strong>Stage 1 </strong></h4> <p>Applicants applying on both a +3 (3 year PhD) and a 1+3 (MA Social Research (Interdisciplinary) + a 3 year PhD) basis should first of all <a href="">apply online</a> for the PhD&nbsp;programme in Politics and International Studies.</p> <p>You shoud clearly state that&nbsp;the funding you wish to apply for is &#39;ESRC WRDTP Collaborative Studentship&rsquo; and that the Project Title is &ldquo;From #nucleargirlposse to &lsquo;disarm the patriarchy&rsquo;, analysing the gendering of nuclear weapons&rdquo;.</p> <p>You will need to submit the PhD application before you are able to complete the studentship&nbsp;application so should make sufficient time to do this.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Applicants must provide the following supporting documentation with their PhD application:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Degree transcripts and certificates for both Undergraduate degrees and Postgraduate&nbsp;degrees (if relevant)</li> <li>Two academic references (applicants should arrange for their referees to send references by e-mail to <a href=""></a>&nbsp;references should be on letterheaded paper or using the University of Leeds <a href="">reference form</a></li> <li>A sample of your academic writing (this could be an essay from your most recent degree for example)</li> </ul> <h4><strong>Stage 2 - Deadline 17:00 p.m. (GMT) on 12<sup>th</sup> March </strong></h4> <p>Once you are in receipt of your 9-digit Student ID Number, you should complete the <a href="">online studentship application form</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>When the panel considers the applications they will also decide on the suitability&nbsp;of applicants for either a +3 or 1+3 studentship. If an applicant&nbsp;is&nbsp;awarded on a 1+3 basis we will at that point also make an offer for a place on the&nbsp;MA Social Research (Interdisciplinary) for September 2021 entry to be undertaken prior to the PhD.&nbsp;</p> <ul> </ul> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. &nbsp;All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em><br /> &nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes in the School of Politics and International Studies should have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or International equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. If applying on a +3 basis, applicants should also have a Masters with at least a Distinction or Merit (or International equivalent) that includes substantial training in Social Science research methods and meets the requirements for the +3 programme. <br />

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study in the School of Politics and International Studies is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the Graduate School Office<br /> e: <a href="">;</a></p> <p>Or Dr Laura Considine</p> <p>e: <a href=""></a></p>

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