GCDC: Engaging citizens in Post-Conflict Reconstruction Scholarship at University of Kent 88 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The University of Kent is inviting PhD students who are applying to the PhD in International Conflict Analysis or Comparative Politics commencing AY 2020/2021, to apply for the GCDC Project-led Studentship – School of Politics and International Relations: Engaging Citizens in Post-Conflict Reconstruction.

This PhD opportunity involves a collaboration between the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, at the University of Kent, UK and the Centre for Peace and Sustainable Development (SEED) in Nicosia, Cyprus.

This project will:

  • Identify the attributes and attitudes of citizens who are willing to participate in peace movements and post-conflict reconstruction in ODA countries.
  • Explore the skills and competencies of these citizens.
  • Ask how skills, competencies and attitudes be developed in order to promote engaged citizens.
  • Employ data on citizen attitudes and behaviour drawn from a range of post-conflict settings

The project will draw on data collected by SEED (currently operating in Cyprus, Ukraine, Moldova, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Liberia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Nepal, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Armenia, Iraq and Guatemala) and SEED will also provide mentoring, support for field work, and engagement with impact partners.

GCDC scholars are required to be based at the Canterbury or Medway campuses for the duration of their studies except for research-related overseas visits and have to actively engage with the Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) and participate in the Centre’s training and events throughout the duration of their PhD.


GCDC scholars will receive the following:

  • Annual stipend at UKRI rates for 3.5 years (£15,009 for 2019/20);
  • Annual tuition fees at UKRI Home/EU rates for 3.5 years (£4,327 for 2019/20).  At the university’s discretion, a small number of fee waivers at the international rate will also available to international candidates;
  • A Research Training Support Grant of £1,500 per year for the first 3 years of study; and
  • Specialised interdisciplinary GCDC cohort training activities.


Scholarship applicants can be from anywhere in the world, but must possess a background in political science, international relations, conflict studies, psychology, sociology or development studies. They need to have a strong aptitude for using social science quantitative methods in an international and comparative context and possess communications skills to work with a range of potential impact partners (such as the US Institute of Peace, UNDP, World Bank agencies).

Candidates applying for a PhD degree must hold a good Honours degree (First or 2:1) or a Masters Degree (at Merit or Distinction) in a relevant, appropriate subject, or the equivalent from an internationally recognised institution. Non-native speakers of English have to possess a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree.

All nationalities are eligible. Those paying overseas fees can still apply and 4 GCDC scholarships will be offered at the international rate and some academic schools may be able to support other applicants financially beyond the UKRI level.

Students need to apply for the PhD in International Conflict Analysis or Comparative Politics.


Applications are to be done online by 19 January 2020.

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