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Graduate Research Assistantship in Sociology and History, University of Leicester, UK

Publish Date: Apr 02, 2015

Deadline: Jun 30, 2015

The Department of Sociology and the School of History is pleased to offer a funded Graduate Research Assistantship for September 2015 entry to their Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme.
Graduate Research Assistantship
School/Department - Department of Sociology and School of History
Supervisor(s) - Dr Leah Bassel and Professor Clare Anderson
Start Date - September 2015
Eligibility - UK/EU and International Applicants
Application Close Date - 30 June 2015
This Graduate Research Assistantship is available for full-time registration. The successful applicant will receive a full UK/EU tuition fee waiver for four years subject to annual progress review.

The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend of £9,901 and salary of approximately £4,156. The successful applicant will also have access to a Research Training Support Grant worth £750 each year to help cover costs associated with their research work.

About Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate Research Assistantships allow research students to fund their PhD through part-time research support work with the University.

A Graduate Research Assistant is responsible to the Head of Department and is expected to undertake research-related duties within the Department - not normally exceeding eight hours per week - while undertaking research leading to a PhD.

Approximately 80% of their time will be spent on their doctoral research and 20% on their GRA responsibilities. Training is provided to help Graduate Research Assistants develop their research related skills and enhance their professional competencies. 

The GRA will be expected to attend relevant training courses run for doctoral students within the Department of Sociology and College of Social Science, and can draw on such courses in the School of History and College of Arts, Humanities, and Law if appropriate.

Research Areas and Supervision

The successful applicant will be based in the Department of Sociology, under the supervision of Dr Leah Bassel  (Sociology) and Professor Clare Anderson (History).

We are looking for a highly promising student who will relish the opportunity of combining academic research on the topic ofDeportation and Detention in Comparative Historical Perspective with research assistance to Dr Bassel and Professor Anderson. We welcome applications from students with an understanding of the sociology and/ or history of deportation, detention, and migration, and/ or related areas. Individuals with backgrounds in the broad subject area are encouraged to apply, including those with an interest in:

  • 'free' and 'forced' migration, past and present (slavery, 'trafficking', migration/exile as punishment)
  • the gender, race, and class dimensions of migration, coercion and confinement, and detention and deportation
  • tracing forms of resistance to coerced migration, detention and deportation in contemporary and/ or comparative, historical perspective
  • the presence of the past in contemporary pro-migrant and migrant-led social movements, particularly the absence or presence of the colonial legacy in discourses and practices of mobilisation

Applicants can learn more about PhD research in the Department of Sociology and School of History.

Entry Requirements

  • First class or upper second class undergraduate degree or an equivalent overseas qualification in sociology, history, or another relevant subject*
  • A Masters degree in sociology, history, or another relevant subject is desirable*
  • Research experience is desirable - e.g., through a previous degree or a professional context
  • Standard English language requirements
  • Available to suitable UK/EU and International (i.e., outside the EU) applicants - please note though that the award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only; international applicants (and those not eligible to pay UK/EU tuition fees) must demonstrate at the time of their application that they can fund the difference in tuition fee rates
  • Available for full-time registration only
  • Applicants must be able to start in September 2015

* or show evidence of achieving this by September 2015

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries are welcome - please contact Nita Sudra:

Apply Now

1. Prepare a statement of up to 1,000 words on:

a. How you propose to develop the project theme

b. How your education and experience to date has prepared you for this research position

2. Prepare your supporting documents:

  • a 4-5,000 word sample of your written work
  • with your application you need to include proof that you meet the academic and English language entry requirements:

i. include all relevant certificates/diplomas and transcripts

ii. international applicants must provide official copies of their entire course transcripts including explanations of the mark schemes used and, where possible, an indication of their class ranking/position in class; supporting documents not in English must be provided with a certified English translation

You must also provide contact details for two academic (not personal) referees who can comment on your suitability for the research degree programme

3. Submit your online application or apply by post

Important Advice for Applicants

  • The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 June 2015
  • Applications that do not include a full statement and the required supporting documents will not be considered
  • In the Fees and Financial Support section of the application, applicants must state that they wish to be considered for this September 2015 Graduate Research Assistantship in Sociology/History (Ref. Bassel)

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