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PhD Scholarship: Queen Mary University of London offering ‏PhD studentships


The School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London offers several fully-funded PhD studentships. We have a particular interest in receiving applications from those wishing to work on EU enlargement and the Western Balkans. See below for details:
 
Research Studentships in Politics & IR

The School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) at QMUL offers a number of generous studentships for students commencing their doctoral studies in September 2015. The deadline for consideration for funded places is 31st January 2015. Candidates whose applications are received after this date may be considered for admission, but not for funding.

Applications are welcome in all the fields and disciplines for which we provide expert supervision. A full list of research interests in SPIR is available by following the links here. Applicants with interdisciplinary projects (for example, with history and geography) are also encouraged to apply.

Before applying, you should make informal contact with a potential supervisor to establish whether we can provide you with expert supervision. Make sure you include a draft research proposal with any enquiry to a potential supervisor – academic members of staff are unable to respond to general, undefined queries about research degrees. If you would like general information on the research degree programmes, please contact the Research Manager (see below for email).

Funding Available for Sept 2015 Entry

QMUL Principal’s Studentships Queen Mary Principal’s studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. The school will have up to eight studentships available for entry in September 2015. They cover tuition fees and a maintenance allowance of around £15,590*per year for up to three years. Candidates will normally be expected to have a good first degree and a Master’s degree in Politics, International Relations, or a related subject.

*New* SPIR Graduate Teaching Studentships Subject to final approval, SPIR are delighted to announce for the academic year 2015/16, they are offering up to two Graduate Teaching Studentships which would be open to UK, EU and International students. They cover tuition fees, and a maintenance grant of around £15,590* per year for up to three years. In exchange, the studentship holder would be required to undertake up to 4 hours of teaching assistance per week during teaching periods of the academic year.

China Scholarships Council One studentship is available through the China Scholarships Council (CSC). The CSC administers government scholarships to sponsor Chinese citizens wishing to study abroad. Under this scheme, Queen Mary provides a fee waiver to cover all tuition fees, and the CSC provides living expenses (for up to 3 years) and one return flight ticket to successful PhD applicants.

Economic & Social Research Council: Doctoral Training Centre (London Social Science) Studentships


The School of Politics & IR is part of a prestigious ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), London Social Science, with QMUL and Goldsmiths, University of London. The DTC will provide funding for up to two PhD studentships in SPIR for entry in 2015.

Studentships cover up to four years of tuition fees and provide a standard maintenance grant of £15,863*per year. PhDs with a particular emphasis on quantitative research may receive an additional Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) stipend of £3,000. Successful applicants will be offered a variety of flexible models of combined PhD study and research training: either a 1 + 3 model (i.e. 1 year doing an MRes in advanced research training, plus 3 years of PhD) or a model where the research training is completed throughout the course of the 4 years of the studentship. Students who already hold a Masters degree with sufficient training can also apply for the standard 3-year funded PhD.

Please note that you need to complete an additional ESRC application form to be considered for funding through the DTC. Further details and guidance on how to apply are below and available here: http://www.londonsocialscience.org.uk/index.php.

Candidates must adhere to the current residential eligibility rules as laid out in the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide availablehere<http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/postgraduates/prospective-students/eligibility/index.aspx>.

How to Apply

Please read these details carefully.

1. For the QMUL Principal’s Studentships and the SPIR Graduate Teaching Studentships, apply via the standard PhD application process, indicating in your application that you wish to be considered for funding. Applications can be made online here. Further details on how to apply are here. Hard copies of the application form are also available.
2. For China Scholarships Council studentships: apply via the standard PhD application process, indicating in your application that you wish to be considered for CSC funding. Applications can be made online here. Further details on how to apply arehere. Hard copies of the application form are also available. In addition, you will need to make a separate application to the CSC for funding: http://www.csc.edu.cn/.
3. For ESRC 1+3 Studentships, apply for a relevant MRes here and complete the additional ESRC application form, which is available to download from: http://www.londonsocialscience.org.uk/index.php (under Studentships). This additional form should be uploaded to your online QMUL application.
4. For ESRC 3-year and +4 Studentships, apply via the standard PhD application process here and complete the additional ESRC application form, which is available to download from here: http://www.londonsocialscience.org.uk/index.php (under Studentships). This additional form should be uploaded to your QMUL online application.
5. Applications to all studentships must consist of the following:
* A research proposal which should include a hypothesis, key questions to be addressed by your research, methodology and an indicative bibliography. Further advice on writing a research proposal is here. Please note that the research proposal word length for a studentship application is max. 1500 words.
* You should have a 2:1 or equivalent in your first degree and if your first language is not English you must be able to provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which you have applied. You need to provide evidence of an English language test score or intend to take a test before your studies. Information about English language entry requirements can be found here.
* Transcripts from previous degrees
* 2 academic references (ensure that you complete and send the reference request form to your referees)
* A full curriculum vitae (CV)
* A supporting statement (1 page A4), which explains why you want to take the programme. This should address the following: previous academic and other experience relevant to your proposed research; why you wish to undertake this research at Queen Mary; what research training and professional preparation you have already received, and what further training you think you will need; any ethical issues you will need to consider in undertaking your research.

Your complete application must be submitted online or received in the Admissions Office no later than midnight on 31st January 2015. ESRC DTC funding forms must also be received by this date. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that academic references are also received by this date. Applications without references will be considered incomplete and will not be processed further.

Candidates whose applications are received after this date may be considered for admission but not for funding. Candidates may be interviewed for a place in February 2015. Those shortlisted for funding will be passed to a selection panel for final assessment. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application from mid-March 2015. CSC candidates will be informed of the result of their application from April 2015. Please note that you are likely to receive an offer of a place on our PhD programme before you hear the result of your funding applications.

General enquiries about making a formal application can be addressed to the Research Manager by email politics-pgresearch@qmul.ac.uk, or call +44 0207 882 5829.

*Amount subject to change for 2015/16 academic year

Closing Date: 31st January 2015