Three fully-funded MSc & PhD/ PhD studentships opens or applications to undertake research projects that use creative and participatory methodologies in the area of contemporary childhoods, culture and identity to begin in October 2015. Three core and interdisciplinary fields of study have been identified to guide applicants’ research ideas:

  • Children, sexuality/gender and digital cultures
  • Children, religion and citizenship
  • Children, well-being and inequalities

Worth of Award

  • This studentship is generously funded by ESRC Wales DTC.
  • It consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,167 p.a. for 2015/16, updated each year).
  • Additional funding of the value £750 p. a. for research and training is available.

Location of Study: United Kingdom


  • Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education.
  • EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.
  • Academic criteria: Candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences or humanities, holding a 1st or upper 2nd class undergraduate degree.

Level of Study: Graduate

How to Apply

  • Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation by the deadline of 12.00pm, 5th January 2015. Note that the deadline is absolute and applications received after this specified time and date will not be accepted.
  • Covering letter and CV: Please send in a covering letter outlining what makes you a suitable candidate (this should cover what skills/knowledge you bring to the core areas, what aspects you find particularly interesting in relation to creative and/or participatory approaches to childhood research). The application should be no more than 3 pages. Please also specify whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis. You will also need to submit a CV with this.
  • A completed application form for admission to doctoral study in the School of Social Sciences: submitted to the Academic Registry via the Online Admissions Service (Please specify the School of Social Sciences – Research Degree – Doctor of Philosophy (Social Sciences) with a start date of October 2015 whether you are applying for a +3 or 1+3 award).
  • Applicants should complete the ‘Research Proposal’ section of the application form (approx. 500 words) to outline a potential theoretically-informed research project that addresses one or more of the key themes. This must include how they seek to engage with creative and/or participatory methodologies and at which stage of the research process.
  • They should use the ‘Personal Statement’ section (approx. 500 words) of the application form to compliment the information given in the covering letter and write more about their background and interest in postgraduate study.
  • Academic References: all applications require two references to be submitted in support. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline, as we will be using these to help us evaluate your ESRC studentship application.
  • Academic Transcripts: where applicable, academic transcripts must be submitted with the online admissions application by the funding deadline.

Deadline: application closes January 5, 2015

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