UCC Department of Government PhD Studentships 2016-2017

Call for applications, deadline 22 July 2016

UCC Department of Government PhD Studentships 2016-2017

Application Deadline: 5 pm, Friday 22 July 2016

The Department of Government at University College Cork is pleased to announce a call for applications for its 2016-2017 PhD Government Studentships. The aim of the Studentships is to attract PhD students with outstanding academic promise in any area of government and political science, and to provide them with supervised training and teaching opportunities that will contribute to their professional development. The Studentships are open to both EU and non-EU applicants. The studentships will ordinarily cover PhD fees up to the EU fee level (currently set at €5770 per annum). The scholarships will take the form of fee waivers (which are tax free). Dependent on resources and applicants, the Department of Government will consider whether it can make additional funding available (including up to the non-EU fee level of €11,540 per annum for international students). These Scholarships are only open to new applicants and not to existing PhD students of the Department of Government.

The Department of Government’s research and teaching encompasses the full breadth of the discipline of political science, including: Irish politics; comparative politics; political theory; public policy/public administration; the European Union; and international politics. The Department particularly welcomes applications from students whose research interests overlap with those of staff in the Department. Prospective applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to consult the staff pages of the Government Department website, in which staff outline their research interests and indicate areas of research in which they would be happy to supervise PhD students: http://www.ucc.ie/en/government/people/.

For example, the Department welcomes applications from prospective PhD students in any area of radical political thought, including utopian and anarchist studies, democratic and revolutionary theory, and the politics of love and radical/revolutionary transformation. Proposals combining theory and practice, academic rigour and the insights of contemporary activism, would be particularly welcome.

Studentships will normally be awarded for a period of one year in the first instance, and are renewable for up to three years, subject to annual review. All PhD students in receipt of a Studentship will be required to contribute to the Department’s teaching, through either tutorials, dissertation support for undergraduate or masters students, and/or lecturing. This will normally take the form of a maximum of 60 tutorial hours, a maximum of 48 lecture hours, or some combination of the two, to be agreed with the Head of Department. Prospective applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Department’s Book of taught Modules: https://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/page033.html.

In order to be considered for a Studentship, applicants must submit a formal application to study for a PhD in Government via PAC, a central processing point for all applications to read for higher degrees at Irish universities. Further details about the PhD Government programme, including application procedures, may be found on the PhD page of the Government Department website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/government/phd/. In addition to this material, PhD applicants who wish to be considered for a Studentship must also submit a 1-2 page formal application letter summarising their research and teaching interests and explaining why they believe they should be considered for a PhD Government Studentship. Applicants should outline any teaching, tutorial and dissertation support experience they have and subject areas in which they would be able to teach. Letters should be sent in the form of an email to the Director of the PhD in Government programme, Dr. Laurence Davis (l.davis@ucc.ie), to be received no later than 5 pm on Friday 22 July 2016. Informal queries are also very welcome, and may be directed to Dr. Davis via email. Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss possible applications with staff members most relevant to their areas of interest.