PhD Stipends in Social Sciences at Loughborough University, UK

Deadline: 21 March 2014
Open to: UK/EU graduates with backgrounds in relevant disciplines, non-EU graduates are subject to higher tuition fees
Scholarship: £13,863 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate


Applications are invited for funded studentships in the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences at Loughborough University. Internationally renowned for its research excellence, the University has a vibrant research student community of around 1200 students supported by a £6 million annual investment. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, every department was found to be undertaking research that is internationally recognised, with many regarded as ‘world leading’. Comfortably ranked in the top 20 of all major university league tables, the University was voted The Times Higher Education ‘Best Student Experience’ in England for six years running.

The School includes world class disciplinary teams in the areas of Communication and Media Studies; Criminology and Social Policy; Geography; Politics, History, and International Relations; Social Psychology, and Sociology, ranging across three Departments. The School is host to many international research centres and groups, including a recently awarded Natural Environment Research Council doctoral training centre, and runs advanced training workshops for postgraduate students. New students will play a vital role in the School’s interdisciplinary research community.

The studentships are central to the School and University’s  strategic research interests in topics including communication; culture; citizenship; media; hydrological and terrestrial environmental processes; governance; crime science; children, youth and families; migration, identity and the state; security, crisis management and resilient societies; health and well-being; and people, knowledge and connectivity.

You must contact the School/Department before submission in order to discuss your proposal and research studentships should relate to SSPGS staff expertise. As a research student you will become involved in leading edge research, and provided with research skills training and support from internationally recognised academics.


The five studentships are open to UK/EU graduates with backgrounds in relevant disciplines and who are articulate, well qualified and highly motivated. International (non EU) students may apply but due to funding restrictions will need to find the difference in fees between those for a ‘UK/EU’ and ‘international’ student themselves. The minimum entry qualification is a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent.


The studentship is for three years and is valued at £13,863 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The candidate will be expected to register for 1 October 2014.


The closing date for applications is 21 March 2014. Applications can be made online HERE. For further details and enquiries about the application process, please contact Sandie Duddle ( Please quote reference SSPGS03/14.

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