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New ESRC funded PhD Studentships

We are pleased to announce the availability of ESRC funded PhD studentships beginning in September 2011.

These studentships are offered as part of the new ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). These awards will replace previous ESRC funded PhD studentships, including the open competition. The Scottish DTC in Politics and International Relations will be governed by representatives from the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews. Although awards will be shared among the three universities, interested applicants should apply directly to the university where they believe their research interests are best represented in staff research activity. There will be at least two studentships for next academic year, which will be determined by the governance committee representing the three universities.

Candidates may apply for two types of studentships in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh:

(a) 1+3 awards: Students will be funded for a one year MSc by Research in Politics, with an emphasis on research methods, followed by three years of research on a topic matching the research interests and expertise of staff in the subject area.

(b) +3 awards: Students demonstrating sufficient training in research methods will be funded for three years of research on a topic matching research interests and expertise in the subject area.

For information on the subject area of Politics and International Relations see:

For details on the research interests and expertise of staff see:


Studentships are available to UK and EU students only. Full awards are available to applicants with established UK residency. Fees-only awards are available for EU applicants without UK residency. Fuller details of eligibility can be found in the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide here.  In addition to the normal application materials required by the Graduate School of Social and Political Science (, applicants must also provide the following:

1. A research proposal of 1000 words maximum (excluding references).

2. Supporting statement from potential supervisor.

Deadline for receipt of full applications is 16.00 on 3 May 2011. Awards will be announced on 1 June 2011.

Interested applicants are strongly advised to contact potential supervisors and/or the Postgraduate Adviser, Dr Andrew Thompson (, about their suitability for the awards.

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