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School of Social Sciences and Humanities PhD Studentships PhD

Entry requirements 2:1+
Full-time3 years
Start date1 October 2020
Application deadline31 January 2020
Reference numberSOCSCIHUM 2020
UK / EU feeFully funded
International feeFully funded


Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF, 2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. Find out more.

Project detail

Applications are invited for up to nine fully-funded studentships in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Loughborough University. The School is looking for highly motivated and talented scholars able to extend our international reputation for excellent, adventurous and cutting-edge research.

The School is composed of five units:

  • Communication and Media
  • Geography and Environment
  • Humanities (including English, art history and visual culture)
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Social and Policy Studies.

We are a partner in the Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA) for doctoral training and the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral training Partnership.

Project detail

Applications are invited from outstanding scholars working in any area of art history and visual culture, communications and media, English, human and physical geography, politics and international studies, and social and policy studies. We are especially keen to receive proposals in the following areas:

  • artificial intelligence
  • child development
  • conversation analysis
  • criminal justice
  • democratic representation
  • European politics
  • gender-based and sexual violence
  • migration and mobility
  • poverty and inequality
  • slavery and its legacies
  • social media
  • Victorian and neo-Victorian literature and culture
  • youth and aging.

You must contact us before submission to discuss your proposal. Please follow the links below to identify a potential supervisor for your project. If you require advice in this regard, please contact socsciresearch@lboro.ac.uk.

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Funding information

The studentships are open to articulate, well-qualified and highly motivated UK/EU graduates with backgrounds in relevant disciplines. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non-UK/EU) students may apply, however the total value of the studentship will be used to cover the cost of the international tuition fee – no stipend will be available.

Studentships are for three years and all students will be expected to register for 1 October 2020.