Deadline: 23 November 2011
Open to: Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the PhD programme in their chosen subject area
Scholarship: £12,372 per annum over three years, which includes a fee-waiver of £3,732 and a stipend of £9,000
Brunel University is delighted to announce nine funded PhD studentships in social sciences for UK, EU and international students for a January 2012 start.
The School of Social Sciences is providing opportunities for promising academic talent to undertake doctoral study. This is a significant opportunity for those who show academic excellence in our areas of expertise.
They are interested in receiving applications across the following disciplines and welcome applications that are inter-disciplinary in nature:
Anthropology: Brunel has, for over 25 years, maintained a distinctive profile in British anthropology, pioneering research fields that were new in Europe as well as making significant contributions to mainstream theory. With expertise covering south Asia, Melanesia, south-east Asia, central and South America, and southern Africa, Brunel anthropologists have also carried out influential ethnographic research in Britain and Europe. Groundbreaking research agendas in medical anthropology and the anthropology of childhood have been spearheaded by two research centres, CRIMA and CFAR.
Economics and Finance: Their research is focused in our four research centres: Economic Development and Institutions, Empirical Finance, Accountancy and Corporate Governance and Macroeconomics.Each group encourages and supports individual researchers, from those just starting out as PhD students to those who have reached the highest levels of acheivement. The groups provide support for research activities and funding proposals and provide opportunities for discussion of research ideas and the dissemination of findings.
Politics, International Relations and History: The Department of Politics and History is a thriving, interdisciplinary Department in the School of Social Sciences, with 20 full-time academic staff and a large number of associated staff, including Honorary Fellows.The Department of Politics and History employs world-leaders in the fields of modern and contemporary history, British and American politics, international relations, intelligence studies, EU studies and more.
Psychology: Research in Psychology is organized around University Centres, which support advanced study for undergraduates, postgraduates, post-doctoral fellows and academic staff. Centre for Culture and Evolutionary Psychology (CCEP)provides a powerful means to tackle the difficult issues associated with evolution and culture. Centre for Cognition and Neuroimaging (CCNI) was established with the acquisition of a jointly owned 3-Tesla fMRI scanner dedicated to research, as part of the “Foursites” collaboration with Royal Holloway, Reading and Surrey universities. CCNI’s expertise encompasses not only the latest advances in cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, and visual psychophysics, but also neuroimaging techniques including VEP, MEG and fMRI. Centre for Research in Infant Behaviour (CRIB) is mainly concerned with studying the properties of visual development and how this impacts on cognition and behaviour. Centre for the Study of Expertise (CSE) uses scientific approaches on a number of levels ranging from the neural level to the social and cultural level. Centre for the Study of Health and Well-being (CSHW) was established in 1989 and aims to promote research into health, well-being and illness.
Sociology and Communications: group is a dynamic and internationally respected community of researchers. Members of our two research centres are at the forefront of study into subjects as diverse as: globalisation, health, multiculturalism, new media, popular culture, and science and technology.
- meet the entry criteria for the PhD programme in their chosen subject area,
- be a new applicant for a PhD (all applications must be received by the deadline) or,
- hold an existing offer of a PhD from Social Sciences at Brunel University.
Selection criteria: In addition to applicants having to meet the subject’s normal entry criteria, the School’s Studentship Selection Panel will be reviewing applications to ensure that the research topic proposed is of excellent quality, well developed, coherent and achievable within the three years. The Panel is seeking candidates who have demonstrated significant progress in their academic career so far.
Successful applicants will be awarded £12,372 per annum over three years, which includes a fee-waiver of £3,732 and a stipend of £9,000. In exceptional cases an additional fee contribution for international students may be available. Students will be required to undertake up to 150 hours of teaching/academic work per year. This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable experience for their future academic career.
How to apply?
UK/EU Applicants: Applications can now be made online.
They also require copies of transcripts of previous studies; a Research Proposal and two satisfactory references (at least one of which must be academic) on institution headed paper in signed, sealed envelopes.
International applicants: Applications can now be made online.
They also require copies of transcripts of previous studies; a Research Proposal; two satisfactory references (at least one of which must be academic) on institution headed paper in signed, sealed envelopes and certified proof of English language – further information available: English language requirements.
New applicants must attach a letter to the application stating that they wish to apply for the scholarship. Existing offer holders must submit a letter of application to [email protected] by the deadline.