LSS PhD Studentships 2017 – Aston University

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PhD Studentships in the School of Languages and Social Sciences

The School of Languages and Social Sciences (LSS) invites applications for two fully-funded and one fees-only PhD studentship from strong candidates in any of the research areas covered by the School. The studentships are for full-time study over three years, commencing in October 2017.

LSS is a multi-disciplinary research-focused School which brings together researchers in the areas of Languages (French, German, Spanish), Translation Studies, Politics and International Relations, Sociology and Policy, and English Language. Further information on the School’s research areas can be found here.

All candidates will initially be considered for the fully-funded studentships. An additional fees-only bursary will be available for a candidate who is not successful for a fully-funded award. 

1 October 2017 start date with completion date of 30 September 2020

Financial Support

Will be provided to the successful applicant to cover the Home/EU fees rate (£4,195 in academic year 2017/8) plus a maintenance grant at the standard AHRC/ESRC rate (currently £14,553) with the corresponding standard increases in subsequent years. Applicants from outside the EU may apply for these studentships but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees (Overseas tuition fees are currently £13,050 in academic year 2017/8 so the difference to pay will be in the region of £8,855 per year).

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or good upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area. They should have, or be near to completing, a postgraduate qualification such as a Masters or equivalent. An overall merit grade with merit in the dissertation is normally required.

How to apply

Apply by completing the Postgraduate research application form including: 

  • The reference number: R170098
  • A substantial outline of your proposed research (see below)
  • 2 written references
  • Photocopies of your first and Masters degree certificates and a transcript of your grades
  • Evidence of an approved English language qualification (if required)

Your application and proposal will be reviewed by a selection panel and short-listed candidates will be invited to interview. Interview dates to be confirmed.

For more details on how to apply please contact:

Mr Dan Thomson, LSS Research Manager
Tel: ++44 (0)121 204 3972

Closing Date: 28 April 2017 (at 23.59)