Deadline: 30 May 2016
The Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL) at the University of Aberdeen is delighted to offer two 3-year PhD studentships to start in September 2016. The studentships will include home/overseas fees and a full stipend of £14,296 per annum. We welcome applicants from anthropology, cultural and literary studies, history, legal theory and socio-legal studies, philosophy, politics, religious studies, sociology and theology.
Founded in 2009, CISRUL studies the application of political ideas globally.  The Centre draws on expertise across disciplines to examine how political principles function within and beyond the contemporary West. Concepts such as ‘citizenship’, ‘civil society’, and the ‘rule of law’ are used as often by policy makers as by scholars. Core to CISRUL’s mission is informing academic and public debate on how they are used, and to what effect.
Note that applicants must hold or be close to completing a postgraduate Masters degree in a relevant field. The holders will reside in Aberdeen during the studentship period, except for periods of research and conference travel.
The deadline for full consideration of applications is 30 May 2016.
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The Newberry Library's Centre for Renaissance Studies in Chicago had published the Call for Papers for its 2016 interdisciplinary conference and Postgraduate students are invited to apply. CEMS is a member of the Newberry consortium and travel and accommodation for successful applicants will be subsidised by CEMS. We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers from master’s or PhD students at consortium institutions, from any discipline on any medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topic in Europe, the Americas, or the Mediterranean world. Please contact The deadline for submission is October 15, 2015.

We announce and invite postgraduate students to our next training week-end at the Burn at Edzell, from 13-15 November 2015. This is an opportunity to meet postgraduates and staff from St Andrews University’s Centre for Reformation Studies and the Institute for the History of the Book. There will be sessions for postgraduates to present their current work in 15-minute working papers, which will be discussed. It is also a social and networking event in the relaxed atmosphere of the great manor house and gardens of The Burn. The excursion is subsidised by CEMS and DHP and costs for room and board (incl.) for the whole week-end will be kept at a minimum. For further information and application to participate, please contact Prof. K. Friedrich at, Tel. 01224-272451 by 20 October 2015