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Fully-funded PhD Studentship: WISERD Civil Society

Closing date: 1st September 2015

Funding amount: Full UK/EU fees, plus stipend

Duration: 3 Years

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD studentship, funded by WISERD within the School of Social Sciences at Bangor University, beginning 1st October 2015 or soon thereafter. We are interested in receiving proposals to pursue research in any one of the following areas:

  • The impact of social change on participation, volunteering or third sector organisations
  • The development of civil society in societies undergoing nation-building, decentralised government or political change
  • The use of innovative qualitative or mixed methods to explore any aspect of civil society across time and space.

The project will be based in the School of Social Sciences, Bangor University, and is funded by the ESRC WISERD Civil Society research centre. For more information on WISERD see their website.

Supervisors: Professor Howard Davis and Dr Robin Mann.


Studentship is generously funded by the School of Social Sciences/WISERD. It consists of full UK/EU fees, as well as a doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,167 p.a. for 2014/15, updated each year).

Additional funding of £750 p. a. is available in the form of a Research & Training grant.


Candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or upper 2nd class undergraduate degree and also a Masters degree (preferably an ESRC recognised Masters or an equivalent background in research training). Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation by the deadline of 01 September 2015:

An application form – Please complete the online Bangor University Application Form for Admission to Postgraduate Study (Found here).

A 1,000 word research proposal - Applicants should provide this in a separate word document. It should include a statement of the research problem, design and methodology, as well as references to existing research in the field of civil society.

If you have any queries about the application process, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office:

Tel:  (01248) 383762

Further information

Informal enquiries about the project are welcome and should be directed to Professor Howard Davis (; +44 (0)1248 382123) or Dr Robin Mann (; +44 (0)1248 382232)

Publication date: 14 July 2015