Fully funded ESRC PhD studentship available at Sheffield Hallam University

Thursday, 22 February, 2018

The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University, in partnership with the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), is pleased to offer this fully funded ESRC PhD studentship as part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership :
"Understanding the impact of enduring public sector austerity on local civil society-state relationships"
The research will use a mixed quantitative-qualitative methodology to explore the interrelationships between local government and local, formally registered civil society organisations in a period of public sector austerity, focussing on resource flows, service delivery and partnership working. The partnership with NCVO will provide the student with unique access to a mentor and a practice based research environment, key data sets and policy stakeholders, and enable research findings to be disseminated for maximum impact. There will also be opportunities to undertake research placements within NCVO's Research and Policy Teams.
The successful applicant will have a keen interest in the role and value of civil society organisations across a range of public policy fields. This might have been developed, for example, through recent undergraduate or Master's study, or through a policy and analysis role within civil society and/or public sector organisations. The start date for the studentship is 1 October 2018 and it can be undertaken on a part-time or full-time basis. The award includes tuition fees and a stipend at RCUK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend rates (£14,777 in 2018/19 full-time; pro-rata for part-time students).
How to apply:
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact a member of the proposed supervisory team for an informal discussion prior to completing their application: Chris Dayson (c.dayson[at]shu.ac[dot]uk), Rob Macmillan (rob.macmillan[at]shu.ac[dot]uk) or Chris Damm (c.damm[at]shu.ac[dot]uk).
Applicants must email a postgraduate application form to fdsresearch[at]shu.ac[dot]uk by 12 noon on Thursday 8th March 2018
The application form asks for a 1500-word research proposal. You should use this space to outline:

  • Why you are interested in doing PhD research on this topic
  • How your skills and experience to date (including your undergraduate and/or masters dissertation, if relevant) prepare you to embark on the project
  • Any challenges that you foresee in conducting the research and how you might approach or solve them Please note, at this stage, you only need to include the names and contact details for referees and do not have to request references.

Selection process:
Successful applicants will be required to attend an interview where you will be asked to answer questions about your understanding of the proposed research. All interviews will be in person - Skype will not be available. Interviews are scheduled for Monday 19th March 2018.
These awards are only available to nationals from the UK and EU and are not open to applicants who are liable to pay academic fees at the international fee rate. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award (paying fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates). EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award.
As a minimum, applicants should possess a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree. Applicants without Master's level training that meets the ESRC core social sciences research methods training requirements will receive funding to undertake this prior to commencing their PhD. Applicants should note that there are two possible options for undertaking a White Rose PhD:

  • The +3 programme: funding for a three-year PhD for students that have already met the majority of the core social sciences research methods training requirements.
  • The 1+3 programme: a fully funded and integrated one-year Masters programme precedes the three-year PhD to deliver the core social sciences research methods training requirements for students who do not already meet these.

For more information on eligibility for, and terms and conditions of, ESRC studentships, please click here.

About CRESR:
As a leading UK policy research centre, CRESR seeks to understand the impact of social and economic disadvantage on places and people, and assess critically the policies and interventions targeted at these issues. Clients include government departments and agencies, local authorities, charities and foundations, international organisations, and the private sector. We offer research expertise covering a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods, evaluation, policy advice and guidance, and consultancy. The Centre holds an enduring commitment to academic rigour through applied policy research, and has been recognised for its success in doing so through the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF):  81% of research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
Please see the CRESR website for more information on our research.
The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) is a collaboration between seven universities - Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and York. The WRDTP is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and provides PhD studentships across a range of interdisciplinary pathways. The WRDTP provides access to a range of training and development opportunities across the partner institutions, as well as the opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary social sciences network incorporating academic and non-academic partners.