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PhD Scholarship in Social Policy at the The School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice invites applications for a PhD scholarship in Social Policy. This is a fully funded PhD scholarship for applicants who wish to pursue full time doctoral research in the area of Social Policy. We welcome applications from candidates with degrees in any relevant social science discipline (social policy, sociology, political science, demography, economics, etc.).


Entry to the programme is in the second semester of the 2019/20 academic year.  


Applicants must have completed and earned high grades in a postgraduate programme in an area of social science or related field, and be able to demonstrate a research interest that fits with the interests of the School’s academic staff in the area of Social Policy. Possible research areas include, but are not limited to: welfare state futures; the politics of welfare state reform; health and social care; social exclusion; non-state social policy/welfare markets; housing (housing poverty, public/private mix in housing); drugs policy; the Europeanization of social policy; fiscal welfare; and family policy.


Applications should be submitted to the School by 15 November 2019

Application Procedure

Applications cannot be considered until we have received the following documentation, which should be emailed to Elizabeth Hassell ( Please contact Karen Anderson ( if you have any questions.

·        Cover letter stating the reasons for your interest in the Social Policy PhD Scholarship.

·        Brief thesis proposal (2-3 pages maximum) including research question, brief discussion of relevant academic literature, and proposed methodology.

·        Copies of all academic transcripts (undergraduate and postgraduate).

·        C.V. or Resume (2 pages maximum).

·        Two academic references (actual letters, on headed institutional paper, required). If sent by email, they should be from an institutional email address. The School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice reserves the right to verify all references.

·        Evidence of English language competence, where non-native English-speaking applicants have NOT obtained previous university degrees from a university in an English-speaking country.

 The PhD Scholarship includes a fee-waiver and a stipend of €15,000 per annum. Successful applicants will be expected to contribute to teaching as part of their Scholarship.

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