Fully-funded ESRC PhD bursaries at the University of Portsmouth

ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership

Start date: 1 October 2017

Duration: 1+3 years, or +3 years

Project title: South Coast DTP ESRC: Area Studies

The University of Portsmouth, part of the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) with the Universities of Southampton and Brighton, welcomes applications for PhDs in Area Studies with the possibility of a fully-funded ESRC studentship.

The Area Studies pathway, which the Centre for European and International Studies Research coordinates, welcomes applications with a social science orientation to undertake PhD research on any aspect of Francophone Africa or France’s relations with Africa.

Funding details
Full UK/EU tuition fees

Bursary matching UK Research Council National Minimum grant

Eligibility criteria 

Residency: UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply 

Academic criteria: Candidates should have an excellent academic background, holding a 1st or an upper 2nd class degree (or overseas equivalent). Applications from those also holding a Master’s degree (preferably an ESRC recognised Master’s degree or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. There is no requirement to have already undertaken a Masters as 1+3 students will complete the DTP’s MSc in Social Science Research Methods.

Please note that all applications are considered on their specific merits. If you do not have the standard qualifications but have relevant experience or expertise, you may still apply and your application will be considered.

Deadline for applications: 17 February 2017 (but nb you also need to apply at the same time to the University of Portsmouth, for which there is a slightly earlier deadline (details here).

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme: Apply now for projects on Francophone Africa/French relations with Africa

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme (2017 round): call for expressions of interest in projects on Francophone Africa/French relations with Africa



The Francophone Africa research cluster at the University of Portsmouth’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) invites expressions of interest from postdoctoral candidates who wish to apply to the 2017 round of the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme through our institution. Full details of the scheme can be found here:  https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/early-career-fellowships.

The University of Portsmouth’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) is a leading centre for the interdisciplinary study of Francophone Africa and Franco-African relations in an international context. We are particularly interested in supporting applications which engage with the following themes:

  • Reassessing the legacies of French colonialism in terms of its impacts in former French colonies and in metropolitan France
  • Studying the changing relations between France and the Francophone world in the context of increasing globalisation of the world economy and culture.

Our research environment is dynamic and supportive, with a strong emphasis placed on mentoring and the career development of early career researchers. In the first instance, applicants are invited to submit an expression of interest to Professor Tony Chafer tony.chafer@port.ac.uk and Dr Natalya Vince natalya.vince@port.ac.uk by Monday 12 December 2016. This expression of interest should include:

  • A full academic CV (including research and teaching experience, publications and any public engagement/ impact activities)
  • A 1000-word outline of your proposed project, including research aims, questions, methodology and proposed outputs. You should also indicate why you think the University of Portsmouth would be a good place to pursue this project.
  • Before submitting proposal, please read the Leverhulme guidance and ensure that you are eligible for funding.

Applications will be internally assessed and the highest ranking proposals taken forward to full submission to the Leverhulme Trust. Internally selected candidates will receive full institutional support and mentoring from the University of Portsmouth in developing their application for the final Leverhulme deadline in March 2017.

The Francophone Africa cluster has a good track record in attracting funding for Early Career Researchers. We currently hold a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship and Dr Vince currently holds a Marie Curie Global Fellowship.

You can find out more about our research cluster on our blog: https://francophone.port.ac.uk/?page_id=10