Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law PhD Studentships 2017, UK

Publish Date: Mar 21, 2017

Deadline: Mar 31, 2017

2017/18 CISRUL PhD Studentships

We are delighted to offer TWO 3-year PhD studentships with an EU/Overseas fee waiver and a full living stipend of £14,539 per annum, starting in September 2017.

We welcome applicants from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, cultural and literary studies, education, history, legal theory and socio-legal studies, philosophy, politics, religious studies, sociology, and theology.

The programme

Founded in 2009, CISRUL studies the application of political ideas globally. The Centre draws on expertise across disciplines to examine how political principles function within and beyond the contemporary West. Concepts such as ‘citizenship’, ‘civil society’, and the ‘rule of law’ are used as often by policy makers as by scholars. Core to CISRUL’s mission is informing academic and public debate on how they are used, and to what effect.

In advance of submitting your application, you are encouraged to contact potential supervisors (click on CISRUL Faculty under Home tab) to discuss the potential topic of your research.

Selection criteria

Our selection criteria for the PhD studentships are:

  1. Quality of application – we are looking for world-class applicants, so please make sure you submit the very best application you are capable of.
  2. Closeness of fit to CISRUL’s ongoing debates – please browse this website for detailed information about our interests, which include radical protest, political community, religion and the secular, democracy, constitutionalism, human rights and pluralism.
  3. Closeness of fit to one or more of CISRUL’s core members’ expertise – see CISRUL Faculty Members under Home tab. We are also happy to consider co-supervision with other Aberdeen staff.

NB: Applicants must hold or be close to completing a postgraduate Masters degree in a relevant field.

What PhD programme should I apply for?

You can either apply to the Centre’s own inter-disciplinary PhD in Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law, or to PhD programmes within Anthropology, Divinity, Education, French, Hispanic Studies, History, Law, Sociology, Philosophy, Politics, and International Relations.

The PhD in Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law 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 apply for CISRUL funding if you are interested in our topics but decide to enrol for a PhD in Anthropology, Divinity, Education, French, Hispanic Studies, History, Law, Sociology, Philosophy, Politics, and International Relations. Several of our current PhD students are enrolled in one of these disciplines and are supervised (or co-supervised) by CISRUL Faculty in that discipline.

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