Further details - Collaborative research studentship (fixed project)


Tackling policy challenges that others cannot reach: sub-state governments, policy integration and policy mainstreaming’


Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree. Both the University and the ESRC Wales DTP value diversity and equality at all levels and we encourage applications from all sections of the community. We welcome applications for both full and part-time study. This studentship are available as either ‘1+3’ (i.e. one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.

Welsh Language skills are desirable but not essential for this studentship.

Applications welcomed by 1 Febuary 2018 (12 noon)

This studentship is a ‘collaborative’ award. Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project, and may wish to contact Dr Elin Royles, ear@aber.ac.uk (01970 622690) for a discussion prior to applying.

This studentship commences in October 2018 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £14,553 p.a. for 2017/18 for full-time students, updated each year); and includes an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of up to £750 for three years for full-time students (pro rata for part-time students). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities and overseas institutional visits.

ESRC studentships are highly competitive; candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.

1+3 OR +3?
The awards are available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), completing a research training Masters in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).

The closing deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on 1 February 2018. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in late February/early March 2018. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to the ESRC Wales DTP Doctoral Panel at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. Successful applicants can expect to hear by mid-April 2018.

A completed application form for admission to doctoral study in Aberystwyth University: submitted by the deadline of 12.00 noon, 1 February 2018. Information on how to make on-line and off-line applications is available at: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/apply/  Incomplete applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted.

The application must contain the following documents:

1. Covering letter: The covering letter must name the collaborative studentship being applied for (Sub-state governments, Policy Integration and Policy Mainstreaming’). It must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Aberystwyth University, and the Politics and International Studies Pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the description of the project supplied. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please also specify whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.


2. Academic / Professional Qualifications: This should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).

3. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and request a reference to be submitted.

4. Curriculum Vitae: It should be no longer than two pages.

5. Research Proposal: For collaborative studentships, the proposal should build directly on the outline description available here. The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:

  • Your reflections on the title, aims and purpose of the research;
  • An overview of some key academic literature relevant to the study;
  • Your proposals for developing the design of the project and research methods to be employed in the study;
  • A description of potential outcomes of the project for understanding, knowledge, 
policy and practice (as appropriate to the topic);
  • References