Coventry U PHD Studentships (UK)

“Studentships“5 Fully-funded PhD opportunities, Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities, Coventry University, Coventry, UK. Deadline: 7 October, 2020.

The Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities (CAMC) at Coventry University invites applications for fully-funded PhD studentships within a dynamic, multidisciplinary research centre. CAMC is home to a vibrant research culture that weaves together three strands of scholarship: Critical Practices, Cultural Memory and Well-being and the Arts. They invite applications for five fully-funded PhD studentships, commencing in January 2021. Each project responds to the Covid-19 pandemic by seeking creative and innovative interventions into the cultural conditions produced by such crises historically, in the moment, and as they are likely to persist in and alter post-Covid experience.

The specific projects available are:

  • Venice and its environments: navigating memory, culture and crisis
  • Exploring healthcare workers’ experiences and ethical dilemmas faced during the COVID-19 Pandemic through arts-based practice
  • Embodying loss: crafting the material in the time of pandemic
  • Communicating COVID: messages from the Downing Street Briefings
  • The role of design and usability in the adoption of digital self-management technology

 

Heriot-Watt U PhD Studentships (Scotland)

“Studentships“
PhD Studentships 2020-21 in Language and Culture, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Deadline: 10 September 2020.

Heriot-Watt University’s School of Social Sciences is offering a number of full-time PhD studentships in the area of language and culture to start in January 2021. Studentships include a tuition fee waiver and an annual stipend currently set at £15,285 for the academic year 2020-21. The duration of the studentships is three years. The School of Social Sciences also offers a research support allowance of £2,250 over the registered period of study. In addition, full-time scholarship holders are normally offered an opportunity to undertake a modest amount of paid teaching support each academic year. The School consists of the Department of Languages & Intercultural Studies, the Department of Psychology, and Edinburgh Business School. Research in language and culture is based around the Centre for Translating and Interpreting Studies and the Intercultural Research Centre.

Projects in areas related to language and culture include Translating global heritage: people, space, and memory.

NTNU: PhD Studentship WorldViews (Norway)

“Studentships“PHD Studentship in Interdisciplinary Child Research, Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. Deadline: 31 August, 2020.

The PhD candidate will be part of the interdisciplinary research group WorldViews. WorldViews consists of researchers with backgrounds in education, sociology, anthropology, and interdisciplinary child and youth research. What we have in common is a genuine interest for social justice as well as a desire to understand and reveal power structures and marginalisation processes in formal and informal contexts. WorldViews seeks to contribute to increased knowledge and critical reflection surrounding socio-cultural discourses about childhood, youth, upbringing and family life. In our research, we explore children’s, youths’ and families’ encounters with hegemonic, normative and taken-for-granted sets of values, worldviews and knowledge systems. Through our research we aim to disclose how children and young people’s everyday lives are shaped by diverse understandings connected to class, ethnicity, gender, and generation, and examine processes and relations that create, preserve or reduce ‘othering’.

The PhD candidate will conduct research in the project Visualizing youth narratives: Empower Youth, Broaden horizons, Enhance intercultural encounters (ViYouth). ViYouth is an international and interdisciplinary project. The primary objective of ViYouth is to enhance transformative learning and critical reflection among diverse youth populations (aged 15 to 16) in Norway, the Netherlands, Chile and Brazil. The secondary objective is to develop a model of inclusive education, focusing on a sense of belonging, global citizenship and interconnectedness. The three overall aims are: 1) To empower youth by enhancing a sense of autonomy and protagonist participation in the creation of self-representations. 2) To foster transformative learning through intercultural understanding, appreciation and dialogue among youth. 3) To reduce the potentiality of ignorance, discrimination, racism and xenophobia among youth.

Peace Research Institute: PHD Studentship (Norway)

“Studentships“Doctoral Researcher on Attitudinal Impacts of Refugees on Host Populations (TRUST), Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Oslo, Norway. Deadline: 10 August 2020.

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) invites applications for a three-year, full-time position as Doctoral Researcher. The position provides the opportunity to work in a leading international research institution with high academic standards and an interdisciplinary environment. Primary supervisor of the Doctoral Researcher will be Associate Professor Karin Dyrstad at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Senior Researcher Andreas Forø Tollefsen at PRIO will serve as secondary supervisor.

This position is financed as part of a grant from the Research Council of Norway to PRIO for the project “TRUST: Attitudinal Impacts of Refugees on Host Communities in the Global South”, led by Research Professor Halvard Buhaug. Working within the fields of social sciences, the Doctoral Researcher to be employed in this project will conduct theoretical and empirical research on how the arrival and presence of refugee populations in various African contexts affect core sociopolitical attitudes among host communities, drawing on existing population survey data and other relevant source material. While statistical analysis of georeferenced survey responses will constitute the primary scientific tool, qualitative case study analysis may serve as a complementary analytical strategy. The work will result in an article-based PhD dissertation in English.

Malmo U: PHD Studentship: International Migration & Ethnic Relations (Sweden)

“Studentships“Doctoral position in International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Department of Global Political Studies, Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden. Deadline: 7 September 2020.

Doctoral programme in International Migration and Ethnic relations (IMER)

Scholars within IMER study, among other subjects, the national, regional, international and global causes and effects of migration in both the society of origin and destination on a structural, institutional, collective, and individual level. IMER is an inherently multi- and interdisciplinary subject, in which for instance sociology, political science, cultural geography, anthropology, economic history, economics, social work, history, ethnology, religious studies, gender studies, and cultural studies are represented. The goal of the programme is to develop the knowledge and skills required for the doctoral student to conduct research independently and contribute to the development of knowledge within the chosen subject area. The doctoral programme comprises 240 higher education credits (equivalent to four years of full-time studies), of which 60 credits are from courses. It is completed when the doctoral student publicly defends his/her printed doctoral dissertation (180 credits).

Danube U Krems: PHD Studentships in Migration (Germany)

“Studentships“3 PHD Studentships in Migration-related topics, Faculty of Business and Globalization, Department for Migration and Globalization and Department for E-Governance, Danube University Krems, Germany. Deadline: 26 June 2020.

  • PhD Studentship in Global Governance of Forced Migration
  • PhD Studentship in International Migration and Mobility
  • PhD Studentship in Migration Modelling

    These studentships are part of the interdisciplinary research project “Smart Migration and Asylum Governance (SMAG)”, which aims to contribute to a better understanding of the governance of asylum and migration. This involves research aimed at a better understanding of the effects of migration and asylum policies on cross-border mobilities and mobility choices as well as research focusing on the dynamics of international cooperation in the context of forced displacement. SMAG research evaluates asylum and migration policy options in connection to other societal and political goals.

Lancaster U: PHD Scholarships (UK)

“Studentships“PhD Scholarships include all tuition fees and a contribution of £15,000 towards maintenance costs, starting October 2020, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Lancaster University. Deadline: 28 February 2020.

  1. Cultures of Creative Practice and Social Change (Department of Languages and Cultures)

    The Department of Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University has a significant cluster of researchers working in creative literary and cultural practices and in projects that foster new understandings of socio-cultural phenomena and their capacity to influence and promote social change. This dedicated PhD studentship provides the opportunity to pursue research into areas that build on these specialisms. Interested applicants should address one or more of the following areas of enquiry and work should be in one or more of the department’s major languages: Chinese, French, German, or Spanish

  2. Transnationalism, Mobility & Borders (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts)

    This PhD provides an exciting opportunity to participate in a rich exchange of intellectual perspectives relating to the Institute’s disciplines, while focussing on the research theme “Transnationalism, Mobility & Borders”. The PhD research will use practice-based and/or critical research on pressing contemporary issues such as migration and refugeeism, racism, xenophobia, violence and populist politics, postcolonialism and decolonization, globalization and inequality, transport, technology and mediation. The Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) incorporates Art, Design, Architecture, Film and Theatre. We are open to proposals for projects that are either broadly situated within any of the five disciplines or that cross disciplinary boundaries.

Ulster U PHD Studentships (Northern Ireland)

“Studentships“Funded PhD Opportunities, Ulster University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Deadline: February 7, 2020.

Opportunities include:

Discourse and Social Interaction
Linguistics
Multilingualism
Languages, Multiculturalism and Education
Language Policy and Planning in Post-Conflict Societies

among others.

Midlands Graduate School PHD Studentships (England)

“Studentships“ESRC PhD Studentships in the Social Sciences in the Midlands Graduate School. Deadline: 22 January 2020.

The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). One of 14 such partnerships in the UK, the Midlands Graduate School is a collaboration between Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, University of Nottingham and University of Warwick.

The Midlands Graduate School is looking to recruit top quality social science PhD students to commence study in October 2020 across a range of subjects and interdisciplinary training pathways. Our ESRC studentships – covering fees, a maintenance stipend (subject to eligibility), and support for innovative research training – provide exceptional opportunities for high-achieving and motivated individuals, including opportunities for collaboration.

A Masters degree is not a prerequisite for applying to the Midlands Graduate School DTP, and a number of our studentship awards are specifically ring-fenced for students applying for funding straight from an undergraduate degree. 

The MGS offers 17 different training pathways, including Applied Linguistics, Communication & Media, and Political Science & International Relations, among others.

U Bath PHD Studentship: Cultivating Open-Mindedness for Dialogue (England)

“Studentships“PhD Studentship in Psychology: Cultivating Open-Mindedness as a Method for Fostering Dialogue and Intellectual Curiosity, University of Bath, England. Deadline: 1 December 2019.

The University of Bath (Department of Psychology) is pleased to offer a PhD project starting in October 2020, supervised by Dr Gosia Goclowska and Professor Gregory Maio. This project is in competition for funding from the ESRC South-West Doctoral Training Partnership and our internal URSA funding scheme.

Open-mindedness is a desirable personality trait and one of the most appealing social values. Open-minded individuals are thought to be among the most tolerant, curious and creative people. For instance, open-minded personality traits have been associated with positive attitudes towards ethnic minorities, greater creativity, and being more receptive to ideas and norms from other cultures. However, despite a tremendous amount of knowledge about open-minded personality traits, scientific knowledge on how to foster greater open-mindedness is still lacking.

This project will look at various methods of increasing open-minded behaviour. Central to the project is the idea that open-mindedness is a dynamic and malleable state and that everyone can be open-minded (Gocłowska, Ritter, Elliot, & Baas, 2019). As an abstract social value open-mindedness can be understood (instantiated; Maio, Hahn, Frost, & Cheung, 2009) in many ways, for instance as non-defensiveness in the face of disagreements, intellectual curiosity, or the courage to take bold and risky decisions. Embracing these various instantiations of open-mindedness can, in turn, lead to a range of positive societal outcomes.

Drawing on personality research (Gocłowska et al., 2019) and on the psychology of social values (Maio, 2017), the aim of this PhD project will be to develop new methods of increasing open-minded behaviour. The developed methods will draw on the different ways in which people instantiate open-mindedness (e.g., as non-defensiveness, risk taking, curiosity).