PhD Studentships

We invite applications for one or more CISRUL studentships starting in 2014-15 with a deadline of 7 March 2014.

CISRUL is building a vigorous community of PhD students who work closely with the academic staff and play an important role in all our activities. PhD studies can often be a lonely experience and PhD student often find themselves working in splendid isolation; this is not the case at CISRUL, where we give great importance to including PhD students in our many events, both for their benefit and our own.

We do offer our own inter-disciplinary PhD programme in Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law. This is perfectly suited to students whose interests cross more than one discipline, and who are worried about being told that their PhD project does not fit with the strictures of a single discipline.

However, you are equally welcome to join the CISRUL community if you are interested in our topics but decide to enrol for a PhD in a single discipline, such as law, politics, anthropology, history, sociology or theology. Some of our current PhD students are enrolled in another discipline but are supervised (or co-supervised) by CISRUL members in that discipline. Similarly, you may join the CISRUL community if you are funded by another studentship, whether external or funded by the University.

PhD studentships

Those interested in being part of the CISRUL community may apply for our own PhD studentship, which will provide fees and partial maintenance funding, and/or for another PhD studentship such as the Comparative Statecraft one. Please indicate clearly in your application form:

  1. whether you are applying for acceptance into the PhD programme in Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law, or another programme (e.g. Law, Politics, History, Anthropology...)
  2. and whether you are applying for our CISRUL studentship to fund your study, and/or another studentship such as Comparative Statecraft, in which some CISRUL staff are involved.

We assume that most applicants for the PhD in Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law will apply for the Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law studentship, but they may also choose to apply for the Comparative Statecraft or another studentship, if their proposed topic fits within it.

CISRUL PhD studentship

Our studentship will include full UK/Europe fees and may include partial maintenance. Overseas students are welcome to apply and would receive the same partial maintenance but may need to pay the difference between UK/Europe and overseas fees (the difference is around GBP7100 per year). We welcome applicants from anthropology, business, cultural and literary studies, history, legal theory and socio-legal studies, philosophy, politics, religious studies, sociology and theology.

Note that applicants must hold or be close to completing a postgraduate Masters degree in a relevant field.

The deadline for full consideration of applications for the studentship starting in September 2014 is 7 March 2014, although we may consider late applications.

Our criteria for selection will be:

  1. Quality of application
  2. Closeness of fit to the Centre's Mission Statement (available on website)
  3. Closeness of fit to one or more of our PhD supervisors (see list of People on website)

You can apply using the Postgraduate Study website.

In Section 2 of your application form please make sure you do the following:

  1. Under Programme, you can either:
    1. select Doctor of Philosophy in your preferred discipline, e.g. Anthropology, Politics, History
    2. or select Doctor of Philosophy in Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law
  2. Under Intended Source of Funding:
    1. if you have printed out the form, write "Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law studentships"
    2. if you are applying online, select "Univ of Abedeen Waiver or Scholarship" and then write "Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law studentship" in the research title box under For Research Students Only.
  3. Under Prospective Supervisor (if known) you could write the name of the Centre member or members whose interests are closest to yours (see list of People on the CISRUL website) or otherwise just leave it blank.
  4. Write "Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law studentship" in the box for research title, followed by the title of your proposed project (maximum 240 characters).

In Sections 12 and 13

  1. Make sure you give us as much information as possible in your Personal Statement (Section 12).
  2. In Section 13, you must upload evidence of your degree certificate, transcript, two letters of reference, and proof of English proficiency if you are not a native speaker.

Then email to (as a Word or PDF file) a full, clear account of your proposed research. Remember we will consider how closely your research proposal fits with our CISRUL research profile - the best way of learning about our research is by reading on this website about our previous and future events. Give your application reference and your name in the email, and state that you are applying for a PhD studentship from the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law.

For full consideration you must submit your application by 7 March 2014 although we may give some consideration to late applications.

Again, you are encouraged to apply at the same time for Research Project Award Scheme (especially Comparative Statecraft) or the Career Development Scholarship Scheme. Further information about CASS postgraduate study is available on our funding website.

If you have any questions please email Lisa Baxter in the first instance.