Postgraduate Research Funding Opportunities

North West Social Science and Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership Funding

As one of the four leading UK universities involved in the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership and the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership we are keen to hear from talented prospective students willing to compete in the annual ESRC Studentship and AHRC Studentship competitions. Colleagues within our staff group are prepared to work with high quality applicants to develop their PhD research proposals and applications for submission to these annual competitions. If you would like to discuss your research proposals with a view to competing in these competitions, please contact the relevant ESRC Pathway Leads: Dr Michael Mair (Sociology), Professor Barry Goldson (Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work) and Dr Robert Knox (Socio-Legal Studies), or the AHRC Pathway Lead: Dr Paul Jones (Cultural Studies).


Other Funding Opportunities

Other funding opportunities may also be available. We are keen to hear from prospective postgraduate research students with an interest in pursuing doctoral research in any area of sociology, particularly those aligned with the research specialisms of our staff group within the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology. We are especially keen to hear from applicants with a good undergraduate degree and a Masters degree in sociology, social policy or criminology, or cognate discipline.

Students are funded from a variety of sources including self-funded, Government sponsorship, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (split-site PhDs) or via competitive Research Council studentships (see above). The University of Liverpool has several competitive Scholarship opportunities to fund postgraduate PhD research, including the Duncan Norman Scholarship (funding open applications), Sir Joseph Rotblat Alumni Scholarship (funding returning University of Liverpool Alumni), and the John Lennon Memorial Scholarship (funding students from Merseyside).

Prospective students applying to study a PhD within the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology may also wish to consider the ways in which the two School of Law and Social Justice research clusters of Publics & Practices or the International Criminological Research Unit (ICRU) may help enhance their research proposals.


Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme

The Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology occasionally invites applications to undertake fully funded doctoral research on our Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Scheme. This scheme provides an opportunity for prospective students with a good academic profile and strong commitment to research to combine doctoral study with gaining experience of Higher Education teaching.

Funded by the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool, the GTA Scheme within the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology offers coverage of all student fees for doctoral study and a stipend in line with the research council allowances for living costs. In return GTAs will be expected to undertake a set amount of teaching on a variety of our undergraduate modules, in addition to completing preparatory training from our Centre for Life Long Learning. Mentoring will also be provided from a member of our staff group.