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PhD Scholarship in Politics and International Studies 2024/25


Key facts

Monday 11 March 2024
Funding start date
Tuesday 1 October 2024
Number of funding places
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Source of funding
University of Leeds
School of Politics and International Studies
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Two prestigious scholarships in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) for excellent applicants, covering full fees and maintenance. <br /> <br /> The School of POLIS invites applications from prospective postgraduate researchers who wish to commence study for a PhD in the academic year 2024/25 for the Politics of Global Challenges Doctoral Scholarship.

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

<p>One full scholarship is available for UK applicants and one full scholarship is available for international applicants. We are looking for excellent applicants who can contribute to our vision to investigate the &lsquo;politics of global challenges&rsquo; and to play a dynamic role in our research community in advancing original research informed by a rigorous research design. We are looking for applicants who can develop into future leaders in their research area and/or make an impact on the work of a non-academic organisation.</p> <p>All research proposals which fit within <a href=";new_categoryID=6">our staff&rsquo;s area of expertise</a> will be considered &ndash; all applicants are strongly encouraged to demonstrate how their proposal relates to the school&rsquo;s strategic vision for research and the work of at least one of our research centres:&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Centre for Democratic Politics</a><br /> Collectively our aim is to analyse and theorise changing forms of political engagement in an unstable and unpredictable political moment.<br /> <br /> <a href="">Centre for Global Development</a><br /> CGD helps to shape the international research agenda into the transformation of human societies in response to critical global challenges.<br /> <br /> <a href="">European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect</a><br /> The ECR2P is dedicated to advancing the responsibility to protect principle through research, education and policy dialogue.<br /> <br /> <a href="">Centre for Global Security Challenges</a><br /> With multi-method expertise in the study of security this centre focuses on how security is framed, perceived, and experienced.<br /> <br /> <a href="">Centre for Contemporary Political Theory</a><br /> Our current research activities span a range of areas united by our common interest in the interface between political theory, cultural values and practical politics.<br /> <br /> <a href="">Centre for African Studies</a><br /> This interdisciplinary centre operates across the University to bring together scholars with an active interest in Africa.<br /> <br /> <a href="">Leeds Institute for Data Analytics</a><br /> Bringing together researchers and data scientists from across the University to raise the bar in standards of data quality, access, protection and exploitation.</p> <p>Our PhD programme provides comprehensive support in research training and professional development. Our postgraduate researchers are closely integrated within the School&rsquo;s centres of research excellence and contribute actively to their research and engagement agendas. We are looking for excellent applicants who can play an active and dynamic role in our research centres. In addition to working on original and rigorous PhD projects, many of our PhDs attend and organise research events, publish in world-leading journal, and engage with practitioners and policy-makers. &nbsp;It is our fundamental aim to foster an equal, diverse, inclusive and nurturing space for rigorous scholarship in the politics of global challenges, combined with a deep commitment to student education, and researcher training and development. We therefore encourage applications that support this aim from a diversity of backgrounds and all sections of the community.</p> <p><strong>Information about the Award</strong><br /> o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;We are offering 2 full-time PHD scholarships in the School of POLIS for one UK candidate and one international candidate, covering&nbsp;UK or International tuition fees and a maintenance grant matching UKRI maintenance stipend <strong>(currently &pound;18,622 in 2023/24)</strong>&nbsp;for three and a half years, subject to satisfactory progress. Please note in year 4 the scholarship covers up to 6 months of maintenance allowance but does not cover the <a href="">overtime fee</a> (currently &pound;290).&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Duration of the Award</strong><br /> o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Full-time (3.5 years). The award will be made for one year in the first instance and renewable for a further period of up to two and a half years, subject to satisfactory academic progress.<br /> <br /> <strong>Other Conditions</strong><br /> o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Applicants must not have already been awarded or be currently studying for a doctoral degree.<br /> o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Awards must be taken up by 1st October 2024.<br /> o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this scholarship.</p>

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

<p><strong>Stage 1</strong></p> <p>First, apply for a research place of study, through the <a href="">online application form</a>. Please state clearly that the funding you wish to be considered for is &ldquo;PhD Scholarship in Politics and International Studies&rdquo;. You will be expected to meet <a href="">our eligibility criteria</a> for PHD candidates.</p> <p>In order to be considered for the Studentship you must submit all the <a href="">required supporting documents</a> for your application for PhD study.<br /> Once you have received your student ID number (a 9-digit number) move onto stage 2.</p> <p><strong>Stage 2</strong><br /> <br /> Apply for the Politics of Global Challenges Doctoral Scholarship by completing the <a href="">Scholarship Application Form</a>. You must submit your scholarship application by <strong>12.00 p.m. on Monday 11<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;March 2024</strong>.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p>

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

Applicants to this scholarship in the School of POLIS should normally have a First class Undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) AND/ OR a Distinction (or predicted Distinction) in their Masters degree (both in an appropriate discipline). Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the Graduate School Admissions Office prior to making an application.

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

The minimum English language entry requirement for postgraduate research study in the School of POLIS 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>

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