Fully-Funded PhD Studentships within CESI at Queen’s University Belfast in UK

Brief Description:

Applications are sought for two new fully-funded PhD studentships within the Centre for Evidence and  Social Innovation (CESI) in the area of early childhood development (ECD) and peacebuilding.


Course Level: Studentships are available pursuing PhD programme.


Study Subject: Studentships are awarded within CESI.


Scholarship Award: The studentships will begin in January 2018 and will run on a full-time basis for three years. The studentships cover the costs of all fees (currently £4,121) and a maintenance grant of £14,296 per year (as of 2016/17). Each studentship also has a budget of up to £1000 per year to cover research expenses and associated activities. In addition, all project-related travel and subsistence expenses incurred in undertaking fieldwork in one or more low and middle-income countries will be covered.



Residence Requirements:

To qualify for the full studentships (i.e. payment of fees and maintenance) applicants must have been resident in the United Kingdom or Islands (includes Isle of Man and Channel Islands), or elsewhere in the European Union (for fees only studentships), throughout the period of 3 years immediately preceding the start of the studentship (or would have been so resident had you, your spouse or either parent not been employed temporarily outside the UK).

For Non-EU nationals – the main purpose of your residence in the UK must NOT have been to receive full-time education during any part of that 3 year period.

For EU nationals – where the main purpose for your residence in the UK was to receive full-time education you must have been ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland immediately before that 3 year period

EU nationals may qualify for a “Fees only” studentship if you are in the UK as a self- sufficient person or as a student, or you are the family member of such a person. You must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland for 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of the course. The main purpose for your residence in the EEA and/or Switzerland must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of that 3 year period.

Non-EU residents are not eligible for these particular studentships.

Citizenship Requirements:

For these particular studentships, you must be a British Citizen, EU national or relevant family member of an EU national. You may be eligible for support if you are the child of either a Swiss national or Turkish worker. For Non-EU nationals – You must be “settled” in the UK by the closing date for the award. “Settled” means being both ordinarily resident in the UK and without any immigration restriction on the length of your stay in the UK. To be “settled” you must either have the Right of Abode or Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain in the UK, or be a national of the Republic of Ireland, or have the right of permanent residence in the UK under EC Law.

NB if you acquire “settled” status after the closing date for the award. Please contact the relevant University Authority. Your application may be considered as a late application.

Applicants must have previous degree.

English Language Requirement: All international applicants for whom English is not the native tongue must provide proof of competence in the English language.


Nationality: These two awards are only available to applicants currently resident in the UK or the European Union.


How to Apply: You will need to complete a standard Application Form and also prepare and Supporting Statement:

Application Form – please make clear in your application that you are applying for one of the “NIHR Global Health Research Group Studentships”. Alongside providing key information on education, qualifications and work experience, there is an opportunity to provide “Additional Information”. You are strongly encouraged to use this to draw out and emphasise the range of knowledge, skills and experience that you have that are of relevance to your proposed project.

Supporting Statement- applicants should also prepare and upload a Supporting Statement of no more than four pages (A4 size and with font no smaller than 12 points) outlining their relevant professional and academic experience, specifically in relation to early child development and/or peacebuilding. Within this, applicants should demonstrate their understanding of the role that early childhood programmes can play in promoting sustainable development and peace-building. Applicants should also provide an initial indication of their broad areas of interest within this including, where relevant, existing knowledge of or interests in one or more of the country case studies.


Application Deadline: The application deadline is September 18, 2017.


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