Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world


Scholarships and bursaries

Our School provides additional scholarships and bursaries for certain students and degree options, see below for current opportunities and how to apply. Other funding can be found in the links under the 'Other sources' tab.

Postgraduate research

School Scholarship: British Library Fellowship on 'A decline in poor UK risk reporting?'

The deadline for this Fellowship has passed. If you have any questions concerning scholarships, please email sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk

From the late 1980s the UK became notorious for the volume and poor quality of media reports suggesting risks to our health and security. At its most extreme particular newspapers explicitly campaigned to raise the spectre of dangers from sources such as genetically modified organisms. In the last decade there is a perception of a reversal in this trend, in the context of new developments within journalism, risk communication and campaigning for evidence based approaches. Yet this perception remains untested and unsubstantiated, and this will be the objective of this scholarship. Using both quantitative and qualitative media content analysis this PhD study will set out to identify patterns in risk reporting over time and isolate explanatory factors.

The student will make use of the rich and varied resources held at the British Library to understand how risk reporting has changed over time. The candidate will be under the supervision of Adam Burgess, Professor of Risk Research at Kent. David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge will also advise on the project.

The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) at the University of Kent has a world-wide reputation for excellence. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranked us second in the UK for research power and awarded our research environment the highest rating possible of 4*.

Successful candidates will have obtained a 1st or good 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, and ordinarily an MA or MSc at Merit or Distinction level. The scholarship covers tuition fees at the postgraduate standard home/EU rate (£4,052 per annum) in addition to an annual maintenance stipend of £14,057 per annum (for entry in September/October 2016 only).

More generally please note:

  • Applications should include a research proposal of up to 12,000 characters. This should include the applicant’s knowledge of and experience in the field of media content analysis and risk and a concise statement of their research plans within the field of the project, bearing in mind available resources and the 3 year PhD study period.
  • Applicants should read the 'project outline' and can contact Professor Burgess for further guidance if required.
  • All Scholarships are offered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant model, ie. a stipend and a payment for teaching (with the exception to funding being used to match-fund research council scholarships).
  • Scholarships are only available to new PhD students.
  • Applications will only be approved if they include two references.
  • In order to fulfil the requirements of a scholarship, international students must be eligible to work in the UK. See Guidance on Checking Eligibility to work in the UK.
  • An IELT score of 7.0 for non-UK students with a minimum of 6.5 in all components, as all PhD scholarship students are expected to have excellent communication skills.
  • If successful, international applications will have to cover the difference in fees themselves.

Application procedure:
Please apply for a PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent - online application.

Enter ‘School Scholarship’ under ‘Mode of Funding’, head the description of your research proposal ‘Decline in Poor UK Risk Reporting?’ and put Professor Adam Burgess as supervisor. All documentation including references should be received by the deadline of 23.59 on Wednesday 1 June 2016.

For questions about the research project, please email Professor Adam Burgess; for questions about the application process please email the postgraduate office: sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk

The deadline for applications is 23.59 on Wednesday 1 June 2016. Interviews will be held at the Canterbury campus at a date to be confirmed.


Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarships

The deadline for these Scholarships has passed. If you have any questions concerning scholarships, please email sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk .

PhD degrees which apply:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Community Care
  • Criminology
  • Environmental Social Science
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Mental Health
  • Migration Studies
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

You need to make TWO applications:

  1. For a PLACE to study a postgraduate degree at the University - online application
  2. For the University Research Scholarship - application form

Information on our postgraduate research programmes can be viewed on our postgraduate studies webpage. For questions about the application process please email the Postgraduate Office sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk

Please note:

  • Successful candidates will have obtained a 1st or good 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, and ordinarily an MA or MSc at Merit or Distinction level. The scholarship covers tuition fees at the postgraduate standard home/EU rate (£4,052 per annum) in addition to an annual maintenance stipend of £14,057 per annum (for entry in September/October 2016 only).
  • Applications will only be considered if applicants have secured agreement from a member of staff in their area of interest to supervise them. Only one academic may be approached at a time (multiple simultaneous approaches will result in the application being rejected).
  • An IELT score of 7.0 for non-UK students with a minimum of 6.5 in all components, as all PhD scholarship students are expected to have excellent communication skills.

Other conditions:

  • All Scholarships are offered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant model, ie. a stipend and a payment for teaching (with the exception to funding being used to match-fund research council scholarships) .
  • Scholarships are only available to new PhD students.
  • Applications will only be approved if they include two references.
  • In order to fulfil the requirements of a scholarship, international students must be eligible to work in the UK. See Guidance on Checking Eligibility to work in the UK.
  • If successful, international applications will have to cover the difference in fees themselves.

The deadline for applications is 23.59 on Wednesday 27 April 2016. Interviews will be held at the Canterbury campus at a date to be confirmed.

Fully funded PhD Studentship attached to the 'Welfare State Futures Project'

The deadline for this Studentship has passed, please contact sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk with any queries.

This studentship is part of the cross-national €1.5m NORFACE research project WelfSOC. The project uses innovative methods (deliberative democratic forums and a qualitative cross-national focus group survey) alongside analysis of quantitative survey data. It is the first project to use qualitative methods on such a scale in the comparative study of European social policy. The studentship offers:

  • The opportunity to work as part of a team on a major international project
  • The opportunity to publish using original data
  • The opportunity to spend time as an academic visitor to the various projects in Denmark, Germany, Norway and Slovenia
  • Supervision by Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby and one other leading academic at Kent

Applicants must propose an individual project that links to the data examined by WelfSoc. Proposals focusing on public attitudes towards the welfare state, income inequality, immigration, gender, intergenerational issues and/or the labour market are strongly encouraged.

SSPSSR at the University of Kent has a world-wide reputation for excellence. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranked us second in the UK for research power and awarded our research environment the highest rating possible of 4*.

Successful candidates will have obtained a 1st or good 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, and ordinarily an MA or MSc at Merit or Distinction level. The scholarship covers tuition fees at the postgraduate standard home/EU rate (£4,052) in addition to an annual maintenance stipend of £14,057 per annum (for entry in September/October 2016 only).

Application procedure:
Please apply for a PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent - online application.
Enter ‘School Scholarship’ under ‘Mode of Funding’, head the description of your research proposal ‘WelfSOC PhD Studentship’ and put Peter Taylor-Gooby as supervisor.
For questions about the research project, please email Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby, Dr Benjamin Leruth or Dr Heejung Chung; for questions about the application process please email the postgraduate office: sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk

Please note:

  • Applications should include a research proposal of up to 12,000 characters. This should include the applicant’s knowledge of and experience in the field of welfare state attitude research and qualitative and quantitative attitude research methods and a concise statement of their research plans within the field of the project. It is essential that applicants have read the sections 'An Innovative Research Design' and 'Our Publications' on the project website http://welfsoc.eu in order to understand the methods and approach of the project.
  • Applications should include two references and should be received by 23.59 on Sunday 14 February 2016.
  • In order to fulfil the requirements of a scholarship, international students must be eligible to work in the UK. See Guidance on Checking Eligibility to work in the UK
  • If successful, international applicants will be responsible for covering the difference in fees between the European/home and international rate.

The deadline for applications is 23.59 on Sunday 14 February 2016. Interviews will be held at a date to be confirmed at our Canterbury campus.


ESRC (3 Year Phd and 4 Year [1 Year MA + 3 Year PhD] Scholarships)

The deadline for these Scholarships has passed. If you have any questions concerning scholarships, please email sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk

PhD degrees which apply:

  • Criminology
  • Environmental Social Science
  • Migration Studies
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

SSPSSR is part of the prestigious South East Doctoral Training Centre (SEDTC). Bringing together the Universities of Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway and Surrey, the SEDTC provides outstanding postgraduate training in and around the M25 region.

Applications are now invited from prospective PhD students for studentships in SSPSSR at University of Kent to commence at the start of the 2016-17 academic year. Three Year PhD Scholarships (for those with a relevant MA/ MSC at Merit or Distinction Level) and Four Year Scholarships (for those with or expected to receive an excellent UG degree) are available.

Proposals are encouraged in any of the areas in which the School has expertise.

DTC studentships are worth £14,057 per annum plus fees of £4,052 (2015-16 levels) and do not attract income tax or national insurance. EU nationals are eligible for DTC studentships if they have been resident in the UK for the preceding 3 years. For full details, see the ESRC’s PG Funding Guide.

For further information please contact Kalliopi Glezakou for administrative matters; or Professor Julia Twigg (for social policy and social work), or Dr Iain Wilkinson (for Sociology [including criminology]).

You need to make TWO applications:

  1. For a PLACE to study a postgraduate degree at the University - online application
  2. For a DTC Scholarship which involves completing the South East DTC application form (see Open Competition guidance notes and ESRC PG funding guide), reference form and equal opportunities form. These forms can be found on the South East Doctoral Training Centre's website. All relevant documentation must be sent to Kalli Glezakou.

Both applications must be submitted by the deadline of 16.00 on Tuesday 2 February 2016. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed by the end of Monday 8 February. Interviews will be held that same week on Thursday 11 February 2016 at our Canterbury campus.

Please note:

  • Applications will only be considered if applicants have secured agreement from a member of staff in their area of interest to supervise them, and have undergone an informal interview with this academic. Only one academic may be approached at a time (simultaneous approaches will result in the application being rejected).

DCGC Erasmus Mundus Fellowship

The deadline for this Fellowship has passed, please contact sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk with any queries.

Degrees which apply:

  • Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology

The Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology is a three-year interdisciplinary, collaborative PhD-programme which combines the expertise and strengths of four European universities with established reputations in the field. Funded by the European Union and recognised as delivering a training of outstanding quality, the DCGC brings together the expertise of four leading universities: the University of Kent (UK), Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary), the University of Hamburg (Germany), and Utrecht University (Netherlands). Working in the newly emerging fields of cultural criminology, global criminology, the criminology of security, human rights and social exclusion, the programme supervises critical, leading-edge doctoral research and provides a broad training that combines international mobility, an integrated structure and individually tailored flexibility. For further information and application details, please visit www.dcgc.eu.

CHSS - Health Services Research PhD Studentship

The deadline for this Studentship has passed. If you have any questions concerning scholarships, please email sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk

We are offering a 3 year PhD studentship (full time or 5 years part time) to be based in the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) in the School of Social Policy and Social Research (SSPSSR), University of Kent. We welcome applications to undertake research in health services and evaluation commencing in September/October 2016.

We are looking for a student who is enthusiastic about health services research and can become part of the research endeavour within CHSS. Applicants will have completed a health-related postgraduate training course at Master's level equivalent to merit or distinction with a substantial research training component (such as an ESRC recognised training course).

The studentship will cover tuition fees at the standard postgraduate home/EU (£4,052 per annum) rate plus an annual maintenance stipend £14,057 per annum (2015-2016 rate) inclusive of the Graduate Teaching Assistantship element. In addition, there is an annual Research Training Support allowance of £750 to cover conference attendance, training courses, equipment and books. Our scholarship includes as part of its value a Graduate Teaching Assistantship which involves successful candidates undertaking a limited amount of teaching.

Interested applicants should apply for a place via the University of Kent‘s online application system. In addition, they must submit through the online application system, by 23.59 on Wednesday 27 April 2016, the following:

  1. a research proposal (maximum 2,500 words including references)
  2. a personal statement (maximum 1,000 words) indicating the reasons for doing a PhD at CHSS
  3. transcripts.

Informal enquiries regarding the application process and studying for a PhD in CHSS should be made to Kalliopi Glezakou

Applicants must ensure that both references have either been submitted by the referees through the online system or sent directly by email to Kalliopi Glezakou by 23.59 on Wednesday 27 April 2016. This is the deadline by which the University must have all the supporting documents. The School will not request references on your behalf from your referees, and your application will not be considered if both references are not received.

For more information about CHSS and the research interests of staff members check the CHSS website.

Tizard Centre PhD Scholarship

The deadline for this Scholarship has passed, please contact sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk with any queries.

 

PhD degrees which apply:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Community Care
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Mental Health

You need to make TWO applications:

  1. For a place to study a postgraduate degree at the University - online application
  2. For the Tizard/Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship - application form

Information on our postgraduate research programmes can be viewed on our postgraduate studies webpage.

We welcome applications concerning all aspects of community care; please refer to our website for the research expertise of the academic staff who are currently accepting new PhD students.

Please note:

  • Successful candidates will have obtained a 1st or good 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, and ordinarily an MA or MSc at Merit or Distinction level. The scholarship covers tuition fees at the postgraduate standard home/EU rate (£4,052 per annum) in addition to an annual maintenance stipend of £14,057 per annum (for entry in September/October 2016 only).
  • Applications will only be considered if applicants have secured agreement from a member of staff in their area of interest to supervise them. Only one academic may be approached at a time (multiple simultaneous approaches will result in the application being rejected).

Other conditions:

  • All Scholarships are offered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant model, ie. a stipend and a payment for teaching (with the exception to funding being used to match-fund research council scholarships) .
  • Scholarships are only available to new PhD students.
  • Applications will only be approved if they include two references.
  • In order to fulfil the requirements of a scholarship, international students must be eligible to work in the UK. See Guidance on Checking Eligibility to work in the UK.
  • If successful, international applications will have to cover the difference in fees themselves.

For an informal discussion, please phone Dr Michelle McCarthy on 01227 827997 on Wednesdays or Fridays only.

For questions about the application process please email the Postgraduate Office: sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk

Quantitative Social Science PhD Scholarship

The deadline for this Scholarship has passed, please contact sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk with any queries.

PhD degrees which apply:

  • Sociology
  • Social Policy
  • Criminology

Successful candidates will have obtained a 1st or good 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, and ordinarily an MA or MSc at Merit or Distinction level. The scholarship covers tuition fees at the postgraduate standard home/EU rate (£4,052) in addition to an annual maintenance stipend of £14,057 per annum (for entry in September/October 2016 only) and an additional allowance of £3,000 per year to encourage you to undertake training in and to apply advanced quantitative methods.

You need to make TWO applications:

  1. For a PLACE to study a postgraduate degree in one of Sociology, Social Policy or Criminology at the University - online application
  2. For the Quantitative Social Science PhD Scholarship, click here to obtain the application form.

Information on our postgraduate research programmes can be viewed on our postgraduate studies webpage. For questions about the application process please email the Postgraduate Office sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk

Please note:

  • Applications will only be considered if applicants have secured agreement from a member of staff in their area of interest to supervise them. Only one academic may be approached at a time (multiple simultaneous approaches will result in the application being rejected).
  • An IELT score of 7.0 for non-UK students with a minimum of 6.5 in all components, as all PhD scholarship students are expected to have excellent communication skills.

Other conditions:

  • All Scholarships are offered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant model, ie. a stipend and a payment for teaching (with the exception to funding being used to match-fund research council scholarships).
  • Scholarships are only available to new PhD students.
  • Applications will only be approved if they include two references.
  • In order to fulfil the requirements of a scholarship, international students must be eligible to work in the UK. See Guidance on Checking Eligibility to work in the UK.
  • If successful, international applications will have to cover the difference in fees themselves.

The deadline for applications is 23.59 on Wednesday 27 April 2016. Interviews will be held at the Canterbury campus at a date to be confirmed.

Big Data PhD Studentship

The deadline for this Studentship has passed, please contact sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk with any queries.

Fully funded PhD studentship on improving public services for vulnerable people using 'big data' methods

The Data Research Centre for Business and Local Government (DRCBLG) has been established to lead the way in using advanced data analytics to help local authorities explore data, enhance knowledge and empower their communities. The Centre is a collaboration between the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and LSE, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The University of Kent is offering a university PhD studentship in support of the DRCBLG, with the student located in PSSRU, one of the University’s research centres (see www.pssru.ac.uk).

Local government in England provides a range of services and support for people with long-term conditions, spending in excess of £17 billion per year on adult social care. Much of the provision of services is by private sector firms in an extensive market for care, also featuring a range of private payers as well as the public sector. Data about these activities are held in a range of administrative and other datasets, in the public sector and in businesses.

The holder of the doctoral studentship will conduct quantitative analysis of these data with the aim of better understanding how the system works and how it might be improved. Relevant issues include funding, commissioning and delivery of social care services, although the precise focus of the studentship is flexible, provided it fits within the broad aims and objectives of the Centre, as outlined below.

Applicants with a background in economics, psychology, social policy, econometrics, management science or analytics are welcome. We will also consider applicants from other quantitative disciplines. A knowledge of health and social care is desirable, but not essential.

Professors Julien Forder and Jennifer Beecham of PSSRU at the University of Kent are available to supervise, and the studentship will start in early in the calendar year 2016.

University of Kent postgraduate scholarships take the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) whereby PhD students receive financial support in return for some part-time teaching or project assistance. A full GTA covers tuition fees at the home/EU rate (£4,052 per annum) plus a combined salary and maintenance grant of up to the full UK Research Council rate of £14,057 (2015-16 rate). Full terms and conditions are available here. PSSRU is also able to offer the student a generous conference attendance budget and a range of opportunities to network with its research staff.

This PhD studentship offers a unique opportunity to use and develop robust and challenging analytical data methods to tackle complex social issues, concerning often-vulnerable people with a range of health and care needs.

Eligibility criteria
This studentship will be awarded to the best qualified applicant who shows the greatest potential for undertaking outstanding research. Consequently, successful applicants will normally meet all of the following criteria:

  • An MA or MSc (with merit or distinction) in a relevant quantitative discipline.
  • A 1st or 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills as reflected in achievement of relevant subjects and quality of research proposal.
  • An IELT score of 7.0 for non-UK students, as all PhD scholarship students are expected to have excellent communication skills.

The Data Research Centre for Business and Local Government (DRCBLG)
Established in late January 2014, DRCBLG is one of three centres competitively selected by ESRC for research on Big Data. The aim of DRCBLG is to become a national centre of expertise for data users across academic and non-academic sectors, offering a vibrant environment to foster and enable innovative research by supporting business, local government and academics to harness the potential of complex big data where traditional analysis techniques may not apply.

DRCBLG’s strategy for delivery is based on a multi-pronged approach articulated in the following elements:

  • The creation of a physical repository based at University of Essex to store Big Data provided from both businesses and local authorities.
  • A research programme providing methodological advances for the analysis of Big Data, covering the following themes: local economic growth, support for vulnerable people, and mapping public access to green infrastructure.
  • A training and Knowledge Exchange programme, which will also offer users a suite of big data solutions – from training to consultancy – to help business and local government communities exploit the value of their big data to research through greater economic growth and a better provision of public services.
  • An engagement and communication programme aiming at creating awareness among citizens of the benefits and the costs associated to the use of Big Data as well as of the need to use them in a responsible way.

This studentship is to support research on the vulnerable people theme. The programme is led by Professor Ruth Hancock (UEA) and Julien Forder (PSSRU, Kent) and aims to generate evidence to help improve policy in this field.

PSSRU at Kent
The Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the University of Kent, established in 1974, undertakes high-quality, independent research in social and health care, which has an important influence on theory, and policy development and reform in England and elsewhere. The PSSRU is based in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR). The School is recognised worldwide for producing excellent research and was ranked 2nd for research power, 3rd for research intensity and 5th for both research impact and research quality (GPA) by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Application procedure:
Please apply for a PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent - online application. Enter ‘School Scholarship’ under ‘Mode of Funding’, head the description of your research proposal ‘Big data PhD Studentship’ and put Julien Forder as supervisor. For questions about the research project, please email j.e.forder@kent.ac.uk; for questions about the application process please email the postgraduate office: sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk
Please note:

  • Applications should include a research proposal of up to 12,000 characters in line with the aim of the Centre, which should include your knowledge of, and any experience, in the field of working with big datasets.
  • Applications should include two references
  • In order to fulfil the requirements of a scholarship, international students must be eligible to work in the UK. See Guidance on Checking Eligibility to work in the UK
  • If successful, international applicants will be responsible for covering the difference in fees between the European/home and international rate.

The deadline for applications is 23.59 on Sunday 15 November 2015. Interviews will be held at our Canterbury campus on Thursday 26 November 2015.

 

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