4th February 2009



Department of Applied Social Science


Social Work, Sociology, Social Policy and Socio-legal studies


ESRC 1+3 and ESRC +3


The Department of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, invites applications from prospective PhD students for five ESRC funded 1+3 or +3 quota studentships commencing Autumn 2009 in the disciplines of Social Work (2), Sociology (1), Social Policy (1) and Socio-legal studies (1). Applicants for all of these awards are normally expected to have an Upper Second or First Class undergraduate degree in a social science, or related, subject. Applicants for +3 awards must have completed recognised ESRC research training. We seek proposals which would enable students to join one of our research groups, Social Divisions; Governance, Participation and Inclusion; Lifecourse; and Crime and Justice. You will join a large and lively group of research students and work with supervisors who are leaders in their fields. For more details of research interests and current work see: http://www.dass.stir.ac.uk/research/profile/  For further information on the department see: http://www.dass.stir.ac.uk/index.php  ESRC studentships are open to UK and EU citizens – for information on eligibility see: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/opportunities/postgraduate/ .


Maintenance grants for all studentships are currently circa £12,900 per annum, and research in certain areas may attract a supplement.


Please note that the Department of Applied Social Science offers ESRC recognised research training through the Masters degrees in Applied Social Research and Applied Social Research (Criminology). Applicants for 1+3 awards will be required to complete one of these programmes during the first year of study.


How to apply

Applications should be made on the University’s standard postgraduate application form, which can be obtained from:

http://www.external.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate-study/index.php. Please include a 1200 word outline of your proposed area of research and state clearly whether you are applying for a 4 year 1+3 studentship or a 3 year +3 studentship. Part-time study is also available. For further information please contact Professor Alison Bowes 01786 467696 a.m.bowes@stir.ac.uk.  Completed forms should be returned to the Graduate Admissions Office, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA by 23rd February. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview on 13th March.