Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights (Lebanon)

Graduate StudyThe Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights is a unique programme designed to meet the needs of students, professionals and experts who want to deepen their knowledge and develop their skills in the field of democratic governance and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa. It is part of the Global Campus of Regional masters in Human Rights and Democracy supported by the European Union.

Our aim is to support the next generation of experts, academics and practitioners and to give them the practical experience needed for building up their professional career and academic activities.

The Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights is supported by a growing network of partner universities from the region and beyond. The partnership is composed of the following academic institutions:

  • Saint Joseph University (Lebanon) as the coordinating University (Lebanon),
  • Birzeit University (Palestine),
  • International University of Rabat (Morocco),
  • University of Carthage (Tunisia)

The University of Jordan (Jordan) and the University of Cairo (Egypt) are currently in the process of joining ARMA.

Loughborough U PhD Studentship (UK)

Receptionist-led telephone triage in GP Practices: Communication barriers to patient access?
ESRC DTP Joint Studentship in the Midlands Graduate School
Loughborough University and University of Nottingham

The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), with the first intake of students to begin in October 2017. One of 14 such partnerships in the UK, the Midlands Graduate School is a collaboration between the University of Warwick, Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham. The Midlands Graduate School is now inviting applications for an ESRC Doctoral Joint Studentship between Loughborough University (where the student will be registered) and the University of Nottingham to commence in October 2017.

The project will investigate how receptionist-led triage happens in patients’ telephone calls to GP practices. The study will investigate a corpus of real-time recorded interaction between receptionists and analyse the data using conversation analysis. Analysis might focus on, for instance, what happens when receptionists ask patients to ‘give some idea of what the problem is’, in order to ‘triage’ their needs. Overall, the project will identify troubles that can emerge, as well as practices that work, in enabling patient access to GP services.

Application Process To be considered for this PhD, please complete the Joint Studentship application form available online here. Please include a CV along with two references and email all documents to Dr Bogdana Huma (b.huma AT

Application deadline is Friday, 17th February 2017

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP
Our ESRC studentships cover fees and maintenance stipend and extensive support for research training, as well as research activity support grants. Support is available only to successful applicants who fulfil eligibility criteria. Check your eligibility.

Informal enquiries about the research or the Department of Social Sciences prior to application can be directed to Professor Elizabeth Stokoe (e.h.stokoe AT

Masters in Intercultural Communication at USI (Switzerland)

Applications invited for the 8th edition of the Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication (MIC) offered by the University of Italian Switzerland (USI) in Lugano. MIC is a part-time postgraduate program for professionals engaged in managing operational or strategic situations in a multicultural context and in managing multicultural human resources. The Master is organized in 9 intensive weeks of courses spread 6 to 8 weeks apart from March 2017 to September 2018 in order to allow participants to pursue their professional activity:
· 6 weeks of classes will be held at USI’s Executive Center in Lugano;
·       1 week of classes will be held at Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Fès, Morocco;
·       1 week of classes will take place in Lausanne, at the Swiss Institute for Comparative Law (ISDC). This will include visits to selected Swiss federal institutions in Bern and international organizations in Geneva;
·       1 week of courses will take place at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand.

The deadline for applications is December 31, 2016. There is a limited number of scholarships available. The official language of the Masters is English.

For information about pre-requisites, admission and fees, and a brochure, candidates can visit the MIC website.

Masters in Democratic Governance (Venice)

The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) and its partner univeristies Birzeit University (Palestine), Saint Joseph University (Lebanon), International University of Rabat (Morocco) and Ca’ Foscari University (Italy) are proud to present to you the second edition of the Master in Democratic Governance – Democracy and Human Rights in the Mena Region (DE.MA), starting in September 2016.

DE.MA is a multidisciplinary curriculum offering courses in law, political science, sociology and other fields relevant to the study of democratic governance and Human Rights. Open to professionals and graduates, it will combine a theoretical and practical approach and it will deliver a professional Master’s degree (60 ECTS) from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. The first semester from mid/late September 2016 until January 2017 is held at the EIUC premises in Venice and the second one from February to May 2017 takes place in one of the partner universities in the Master’s Consortium. Thesis defence and graduation ceremony are in July 2017.

This is meant to play an active role in the ongoing debate about the principles underpinning the transition of political regimes to democracy. It aims at:
•Creating high-profile experts in the fields of democratic governance and the protection of human rights, allowing them to act as promoters of a process leading to the affirmation of the democratic principles;
•Fostering the creation of an élite group of people committed to the promotion of democratic institutions;
•Building a network of experts to be active in political institutions, in national and international, governmental and non-governmental organizations in the Region.

Interested? Here are the practicalities:
Deadline: 30 June 2016
Language: English, (knowledge of French and Arabic recommended)
Teaching method: Face to face teaching

TUITION FEES: 4.000.00 euro.
TUITION WAIVERS/SCHOLARSHIPS: EIUC offers financial support in the form of a partial contribution towards living expenses and/or a full or partial tuition waiver. This type of financial support is awarded to a limited number of students on the basis of academic achievement, need and geographical distribution.


PhD Research Project: 3 Faith Forum and Peace

PhD Research Project exploring the role and impact of 3 Faith Forum in fostering peaceful relations
Coventry University – Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations
Closes: 31st March 2016

PhD research project exploring the role and impact of 3 Faith Forum in fostering peaceful relations.
Full-Time – three years fixed term

The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) builds on the strong track record of scholars at the University on human security, peace studies and social relations. CTPSR brings together expertise from across the social sciences and humanities to drive progressive change and strengthen human security and resilience.

CTPSR is committed to achieving excellence through a stimulating multi-disciplinary research environment. Currently with 30 PhD students, CTPSR’s Doctoral Training Programme delivers a first year of quantitative and qualitative methods training, equipping research students to undertake primary research in year two. Throughout the three years our research students receive training covering academic writing, specialist analytical software and attendance at conferences, as well as two intensive summer schools.

Coventry University is offering one full-time PhD studentship to a well-qualified individual, to start in September 2016. The studentship will support our partnership with 3FF (Three Faiths Forum), one of the leading interfaith and intercultural organisations in the UK.

Proposals are invited for a PhD project exploring the role and impact of 3FF in fostering peaceful relations. We welcome proposals that will provide new insights about the difference 3FF’s work makes to the communities it works with, including young people, schools, universities, students, religious groups, members of Parliament, women and local communities. We welcome proposals that are interdisciplinary, innovative and use participatory research methods. Proposals should challenge existing ideas, expand current thinking and contribute to change within 3FF and the communities it works with.

The PhD studentship will be based within the Faith and Peaceful Relations Research Group, one of six research groups in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. The PhD student will work 6 hours per week as a Research Assistant within the research group. Students are supervised by three supervisors. For information about potential supervisors, visit the CTPSR website.

The studentship will cover UK/EU or overseas fee equivalence plus a bursary of £14057 per annum for three years.

Candidate specification:
• a taught Masters degree in a relevant discipline, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 60% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark
• the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
• a first or good upper second class undergraduate degree in a related social science or in the humanities and a strong interest in pursuing research in this field
• skills in quantitative and qualitative methods

Enquiries may be addressed to:
Dr Kristin Aune

Application information can be found in our how to apply section. Applicants are advised to read the following information (3FF information sheet) prior to submit a formal application.

UK/EU/International students with the required entry requirements

Application deadline date: 31 March 2016


PhD Studentship: Migration, Refugee & Global Curriculum (UK)

Migration, refugee and global curriculum in the 21st century: an interdisciplinary response at Key Stages 2 & 3
University of Sheffield – School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences
Closes: 6th March 2016

The School of Education is advertising a funded ESRC PhD White Rose Collaborative Studentship based at the University of Sheffield and Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY) and seeks to attract high quality applicants. In 2014, the School was ranked first for research impact, and fourth overall in Education in the UK. Ninety-four percent of our research was ranked 3* and 4*, making us the leading School of Education in the UK. The successful applicant will join a collaborative research environment that supports world-leading and internationally excellent research.

The aims of the PhD are to: a) investigate ‘Promoting British Values’ (PBV) policy and the global school curriculum in Humanities subjects at Key Stages 2 and 3 amongst recently arrived and established migrant students, their parents and teachers and b) conduct participatory research with students, parents and teachers to co-construct curriculum units for anti-racist global curriculum.

With changing patterns of global migration, the ethnic diversity of schools increases and intercultural relations become a pressing issue for teachers. Eurocentric perspectives dominate the English school curriculum (Lambert and Morgan, 2011; Harris, 2013; Winter, 2015) and whilst Gillborn illuminates institutional racism in schools (2008, 2015), recent ‘Promoting British Values’ (PBV) policy raises concerns about inciting Islamophobia (Richardson, 2015). This studentship investigates curriculum policy discourses of nationhood, national and global identity (Anderson, 1991) and the emergence of new ‘cultural hybridities’ (Bhabha, 1994) through Geography, History and Religious Education (RE)/Citizenship curricula in case study multi-ethnic schools.

A questionnaire survey will be administered to parents of KS2 and 3 students in a sample of multi-ethnic schools in 3 English Local Authorities (LA). The questionnaire will focus on parents’ views about global learning; perspectives on PBV policy and topic suggestions for curriculum development. Semi-structured focus group interviews will be conducted with KS2 and 3 students in three case study primary and two secondary schools. Interviews will be held with Humanities teachers and in a sample of case study classes, students, parents, teachers and PhD student will develop the curriculum.

The main collaborator is DECSY, with inputs from the Geographical (GA) and Historical Associations (HA).

Principal supervisor: Dr Christine Winter, School of Education, University of Sheffield
Co-Supervisors: Dr Louise Waite, School of Geography, University of Leeds and Mr Rob Unwin, DECSY, Sheffield.

Interested candidates should, in the first instance, contact Dr Christine Winter.

Entry requirements and eligibility criteria:
• White Rose DTC ESRC awards are only available to nationals from the UK and EU and are not open to applicants who are liable to pay academic fees at the international fee rate.
• Applicants must hold at least a UK upper second class honours degree or equivalent
• Applicants should hold or be eligible for DBS approval
• This project is suitable for a candidate with an academic background in Education; Cultural Geography; Cultural/Postcolonial Studies; Geography, History, Religious Studies or Citizenship, Language and Literacy Education. The following experience would be an advantage: a) PGCE and teaching experience in English primary/secondary school classrooms b) teaching experience with NGO/INGO educational programmes c) school curriculum development experience d) community-based third sector educational experience.
• The successful candidate would need to travel regularly to participating schools.
• UK applicants will be eligible for a full award (paying fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates). EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award.

How to apply.

PhD Studentships: Multimodal Information Access (Dublin)

PhD Studentships in multimodal information access
Dublin City University – Adapt Centre
Closes: 29th February 2016
Apply for 4 year PhD Studentship
Benefits: Payment of tax free stipend and academic fees

The Adapt Centre at DCU is seeking applications for 4 PhD studentships in areas of multimodal information access as follows:
• Augmenting speech recognition with cross-modal features
• Cross-modal multimodal content delivery
• Dialogue-based multimodal information retrieval
• Proactive information retrieval

Successful applications will join the outstanding and energetic research teams within the laboratories of the ADAPT Centre at DCU with access to excellent computing facilities and travel support.

General enquiries concerning these posts can be addressed to Sinead Gorham.

The ADAPT Centre
ADAPT is Ireland’s global centre of excellence for digital content and media innovation. Led by Trinity College Dublin (TCD), it combines the expertise of researchers at four universities (Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University College Dublin, and Dublin Institute of Technology) with that of its industry partners to produce ground-breaking digital content innovation.

ADAPT brings together more than 120 researchers  who collectively have won more than €100m in funding and have a strong track record of transferring world-leading research and innovations to more than 140 companies. With EURO 50M in new research funding from Science Foundation Ireland and industry, ADAPT is seeking talented individuals to join its growing research team. Our research and technologies will continue to help businesses in all sectors and drive back the frontiers of future Web engagement.

Dublin City University (DCU)
Dublin City University (DCU) is a young and vibrant university with a strong culture of scholarship and enterprise, developed through its strong, active links with academic, research and industry partners in Ireland and around the world. DCU provides a unique learning environment where students are encouraged to develop their creativity and skills as innovators. Researchers at DCU are translating their ideas and discoveries into new solutions in business, technology and society through their engaged with spin out companies and established industrial clients.

PhD Studentship at University of Aberswyth (Wales)

PhD studentship at Aberystwyth: Education, Indigenous Languages and Identity

This 3-year ESRC funded PhD studentship will examine the relationship between education, indigenous languages and identity among young people in two contrasting countries (one European, the other non-European).

The PhD candidate will be expected to undertake fieldwork in these two countries and there is funding to support this activity. The project will be supervised by Professor Rhys Jones (Geography and Earth Sciences) and Dr Elin Royles (International Politics) (both at Aberystwyth University). The studentship forms part of a larger ESRC project on civil society, which is examining the link between statutory and non-statutory education, indigenous languages and youth identity in Scotland and Wales.

As well as providing a broader comparative context for the project, the role of the studentship will be to assess whether there are any significant lessons that can be learnt from the international cases examined in the thesis for Wales and Scotland with regard to the potential role to be played by the statutory and non-statutory education sectors in shaping different kinds of civic and linguistic identity in Scotland and Wales.

Applicants must complete and submit a covering letter and CV; an Aberystwyth University PhD application form; a 1,000 word research proposal outlining: the research question(s) to be addressed; the case studies to be examined (countries, empirical themes to be addressed etc); the methods employed; the contribution that the PhD will make to the broader research project; academic references; academic transcripts (where applicable).

While the PhD studentship will be based at Aberystwyth University, the successful candidate will also be able to benefit from the input of the other members of the project team (Professor Lindsay Paterson and Dr Fiona O’Hanlon, both at Edinburgh University), as well as the research networks and broader support mechanisms provided by the ESRC-funded WISERD Civil Society Research Centre. For further information, click here.

Closing date: Friday 30th January 2016.

Fellowships for Graduate Study at King’s College London

A range of post-graduate studentships (called graduate fellowships in US) are available for 2016-17 entry at the Centre for Language Discourse & Communication at King’s College London, offering supervision in text, discourse & narrative analysis, pragmatics, linguistic ethnography, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, applied, educational, cognitive and corpus linguistics:
Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships (deadline: 29 January 2016).  These cover sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, interactional discourse analysis, linguistic ethnography, areas of applied linguistics, computational linguistics, educational linguistics and language & literacy education.  Candidates can apply either for a three year PhD Studentship or for a four year Studentship which involves a one year MA and a three year PhD.
Arts & Humanities Research Council/London Arts & Humanities Partnership (AHRC/LAHP) Studentships (deadline: 29 January 2016).   This covers research on linguistic structure, history, theory and description, including stylistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, corpus studies, translation, and some areas of applied linguistics.  Studentships last three years.
• Studentships administered by the King’s College Graduate School.

To apply, you should have excellent qualifications, as well as clear research idea if you are applying for a three year PhD award.  It is important to identify and contact a potential supervisor as soon as possible, referring to our webpages, and you also need to submit an ordinary admissions application.

Research Assistant/Doctorate in Intercultural Communication (Switzerland)

Open Position Announcement:
Research Assistant / Doctorate  in Intercultural Communication

The Institute for Public Communication (IPC), Faculty of Communication Sciences, at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland,, announces a call for a Research Assistant / Doctorate in Intercultural Communication.

The candidate will join the research team of Prof. Jolanta Drzewiecka at the IPC . He/she will assist Prof. Drzewiecka in her research and teaching duties, and some associated administration (including conference organization, M.A. theses supervision, grant proposal preparation) (50%) and must develop and carry forward a doctoral project in the area of intercultural communication (50%).  Prof Drzewiecka’s research focuses on public memories, media representations of migration, and belonging. The assistant will pursue his/her doctoral projects in these or related areas.

Required qualification: a master’s degree in communication sciences, linguistics, cultural studies, sociology or related disciplines; knowledge of critical and/or cultural studies theories and qualitative research methods; fluency in written and spoken English.  Desirable qualification:  knowledge of one or more Swiss national languages.

The ideal candidate will take ownership of a project and is both a team player and independent. He/she must be flexible, entrepreneurial and dynamic. He/she must enjoy working in a multilingual and multidisciplinary environment.

The position is renewable for up to 5 years based on satisfactory performance. During this period, the appointee will undertake doctoral studies and will have the opportunity to interact with an international network of scholars in the field and become a credible member of the academic community. The research activities will be carried out at USI, where the candidate should be present 4 days a week.

Please send your application, incl. a letter of motivation (describing qualifications and doctoral project ideas), detailed CV (with names and contact information for 2 references), university transcripts, and a writing sample (5 pages, in English, ideally from an academic paper), to Prof. Jolanta Drzewiecka.

The appointment starts February 1, 2016 with a possibility of September 1, 2016 appointment. The call is open until the position is filled.

NOTE: This is the revised version, with additional information, updated October 16, 2015.

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