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[ecrea] ESRC PhD Studentship (FUNDED), JOMEC, Cardiff University for Pathway "Journalism and Democracy"

Mon Jan 23 16:18:24 GMT 2017

REMINDER: ESRC Wales PhD Studentship (FUNDED), JOMEC, Cardiff University for Pathway "Journalism and Democracy"


Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship, available to start in October 2017. There is potential for up to three doctoral studentship awards (although this number is not guaranteed) in the area of:

"Journalism and Democracy"

(details of the studentship are available at:

The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is a world-leading centre for media teaching and research. We offer a wide range of courses at various levels. Our postgraduate degrees range from industry oriented, practice-based training to more academic degrees, from Masters to PhD.

The School combines a long-standing record of excellence in teaching and training with an outstanding research portfolio – routinely winning awards from a wide range of bodies. This reputation was recently recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which ranked the School 2nd for the quality of its journalism, media and communications research when compared with 66 other institutions in the UK. 89% of the School's research was classed as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by REF, with both the School’s research environment and the impact of its research receiving the top possible score of 100%. Our staff regularly contribute expert opinion and commentary about research and topical news events to the local, national and international media and through the School blog –JOMEC @ Cardiff University.

Supervisors: Professor Stuart Allan; Dr Mike Berry; Dr Paul Bowman; Dr Cynthia Carter; Professor Simon Cottle; Dr Stephen Cushion; Dr Lina Dencik; Dr Iñaki Garcia-Blanco; Dr Janet Harris; Dr Arne Hintz; Dr John Jewell; Dr Jenny Kidd; Professor Jenny Kitzinger; Professor Justin Lewis; Dr Kerry Moore; Dr Caitriona Noonan; Dr Joanna Redden; Professor Richard Sambrook; Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen; Dr Andy Williams.

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree. The University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (i.e. one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.

Pathway Convenor: Dr Cynthia Carter. Email: (cartercl /at/

Applications are welcomed until 1 February 2017 (12 noon).

Further details for ESRC Wales DTP General studentships:

These studentships are ‘open’ awards. Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the University and to discuss their draft application. Information on the research interests of our staff can be found on the webpages. A short description of the Journalism and Democracy pathway is available on the ESRC Wales DTP website . If you have any questions, the Pathway Convenor may be able to advise you. To do so, please contact:

Dr Cynthia Carter. Email: (cartercl /at/

Studentships commence in October 2017 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £14,296 p.a. for 2016/17 for full-time students, updated each year); and includes an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of up to £750 for three years for full-time students (pro rata for part-time students). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities and overseas institutional visits.

ESRC studentships are highly competitive; candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.

1+3 OR +3?
The awards are available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), completing a research training Masters in the 1st year, followed by 3 years’ research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).

The closing deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on Wednesday, 1 February 2017. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in March 2017. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to the ESRC Wales DTP Doctoral Panel at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. Successful applicants can expect to hear by mid-April 2017.

A completed application form for admission to doctoral study at Cardiff University, submitted via Cardiff University's Online Application Service by the deadline of 12.00 noon, Wednesday, 1 February 2017. Incomplete Applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted. See:

The application must contain the following documents:

1. Covering letter: Please address to Dr Cynthia Carter. The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University and, specifically, the Journalism and Democracy pathway; your understanding and expectations of doctoral study; your academic interests generally and particularly of those relating to your proposed research. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please also specify whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.

2. Academic / Professional Qualifications: This should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum), if appropriate (e.g. if you are not a native English speaker).

3. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and request a reference to be submitted.

4. Curriculum Vitae: It should be no longer than two pages.

5. Research Proposal: The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:

•	Title, aims and purpose of the research;
•	Overview of the academic literature relevant to your field;
•	Proposed methodology;
•	Academic contributions of your research.
•	References

You may also find the ESRC Wales DTP website helpful. See:

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