4th January 2017

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ESRC studentships in Socio-Legal Studies/Criminology are available at the Universities of Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Strathclyde.

Interested applicants should select the university where their research area is best represented in staff research activity and apply directly there. Awards are allocated competitively by a committee representing all five universities. Successful applicants will work together with others from across Scotland and will have rich opportunities to develop interdisciplinary networks and expertise.

Two types of studentships are available:

1+3 awards: Students will be funded for a one year MRes or MSc, with an emphasis on research methods, followed by three years of PhD research. (These awards are available for 1+3 programmes at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Stirling. Students seeking PhD supervision at Dundee or Strathclyde Universities can arrange to complete first year research training at Edinburgh, Glasgow or Stirling Universities).

+3 awards: Students who can demonstrate that they already have sufficient training (and/or experience) in research methods via a recognized Masters qualification or its equivalent will be funded for three years of research on a topic of their choosing (these awards are available at all five universities).

Eligibility: The competition is open to (a) UK and EU students who have completed (or expect to complete by the end of the current academic year a Masters qualification in Socio-Legal Studies or Criminology or in a related discipline (e.g., Law, Sociology) from an ESRC recognised outlet (consult the Pathway Representative at your institution of choice) and (b) UK and EU students planning to undertake such a Masters qualification followed by a doctorate.

Funding: Studentships will cover maintenance and fees for UK candidates, or fees only for EU candidates, starting from autumn 2017. Studentships also include a limited allowance for research costs.

For details of how to apply please consult the Scottish Graduate School website: http://www.socsciscotland.ac.uk/studentships.

Please note that you must make contact with the designated pathway representative at the University of your choice in the first instance. They will advise you on internal application procedures and deadlines which may vary from university to university. Only after the university has decided to nominate you will you be able to register your proposal with the Scottish Graduate School.

You can find links to the relevant research training and PhD programmes below, along with contact information for the pathway representatives.


PhD programme: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/law/researchdegrees/

Pathway representative: Jacques Hartmann j.hartmann@dundee.ac.uk


MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice: http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/teaching/postgraduate/llm_msc/criminology_and_criminal_justice

PhD programme: http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/teaching/postgraduate/phd

Pathway representative: Andy Aydın-Aitchison (andy.aydin-aitchison@ed.ac.uk)


MRes in Criminology: http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/criminology/

PhD programme (ESRC specific): http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/postgraduateresearch/researchcouncilsfunding-rcuk/esrc/howtoapplyforaesrcphdstudentship

Pathway representative: Sarah Armstrong (sarah.armstrong@glasgow.ac.uk)


MSc Applied Social Research (Criminology): https://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/programme-information/prospectus/applied-social-science/applied-social-research/

PhD programme: http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/

Pathway representative: Margaret Malloch (m.s.malloch@stir.ac.uk)


PhD programme: http://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/lawschool/newsevents/phdfundingforsocio-legalstudiescriminology/

Pathway representative: Monica Barry (monica.barry@strath.ac.uk)