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GCDC: Engaging citizens in Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Annual tuition fees at UKRI Home/EU rates for 3.5 years (£4,407 for 2020/21) (A small number of fee waivers at the international rate will also available to international candidates, at the discretion of the awarding panel) plus annual stipend at UKRI rates (£15,285 2020/21)

This scholarship competition is open to all new postgraduate research applicants.

GCDC scholars will receive the following:

• Annual stipend at UKRI rates for 3.5 years (TBC but this was £15,285 for 2020/21);

• Annual tuition fees at UKRI Home/EU rates for 3.5 years (£4,407 for 2020/21) (A small number of fee waivers at the international rate will also available to international candidates, at the discretion of the awarding panel.);

• A Research Training Support Grant of £1,500 per year for the first 3 years of study; and

• Specialised interdisciplinary GCDC cohort training activities.

GCDC Project-led Studentship - School of Politics and International Relations: Engaging Citizens in Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Applications are invited for an exciting PhD opportunity involving a collaboration between the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, at the University of Kent, UK and the Centre for Peace and Sustainable Development (SeeD) in Nicosia, Cyprus.

This project will:

• Identify the attributes and attitudes of citizens who are willing to participate in peace movements and post-conflict reconstruction in ODA countries.

• Explore the skills and competencies of these citizens

• Ask how skills, competencies and attitudes be developed in order to promote engaged citizens

• Employ data on citizen attitudes and behaviour drawn from a range of post-conflict settings

This project will be supervised by Professor Neophytos Loizides and Dr Edward Morgan-Jones in the Conflict Analysis Centre at the University of Kent as well as SEED expert Dr Ilke Dagli. Loizides and Morgan-Jones have extensive experience of supervising project addressing post-conflict reconstruction, and in employing comparative and quantitative methods. Dagli is Head of Programmes and Field Operations at SEED, an NGO that works with international development organisations, governments and civil society to design strategies for promoting peaceful, and resilient societies. The project will draw on data collected by SEED (currently operating in Cyprus, Ukraine, Moldova, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Liberia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Nepal, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Armenia, Iraq and Guatemala). SEED will also provide mentoring, support for field work, and enable engagement with impact partners.


Person specification:

• A background in political science, international relations, conflict studies, psychology, sociology or development studies.

• A strong aptitude for using social science quantitative methods in an international and comparative context.

• The communications skills to work with a range of potential impact partners (such as the US Institute of Peace, UNDP, World Bank agencies).

• GCDC scholars are required to be based at the Canterbury or Medway campuses for the duration of their studies except for research-related overseas visits.

• The student will be expected to actively engage with the Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) and participate in the Centre’s training and events throughout the duration of their PhD.

• Candidates applying for a PhD degree must normally hold a good Honours degree (First or 2:1) or a Master’s Degree (at Merit or Distinction) in a relevant, appropriate subject, or the equivalent from an internationally recognised institution

• The University of Kent requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. For more information on English language requirements, please visit this page.

The scholarship call is open to applicants from all nationalities. Applicants paying overseas fees can still apply: four GCDC scholarships will be offered at the international rate and some academic schools may be able to support other applicants financially beyond the UKRI level.

How to apply

When applying, students should follow the University of Kent’s online application process.

As part of the process, students should include the following:
- specify the project they wish to apply for;
- explain reasons for study;
- provide details/evidence of qualifications;
- provide two academic references;
- provide other personal information and supporting documentation.

Students need to apply for the PhD in International Conflict Analysis or Comparative Politics.
The interview will take place the week commencing Monday, 27 January 2020


The application deadline has now passed.

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