ESRC Case PhD Studentship (+3)
(20 May 2010)
School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, in partnership with Street League
Closing Date: 30 June 2010
Do sports-based interventions help people into employment, education and training?
This PhD studentship features a close collaboration between the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University and the Street League, a national charity, which provides a range of sports-based intervention programmes for marginalised adults and young people to enable these user groups to move into employment, education or training.
The research project's main objective is to investigate the implementation and effectiveness of Street League's work. The project will explore how user groups experience and interpret Street League's programmes and examine the connections between the social profiles of user groups and the outcomes that are achieved.
The research will feature a comparative study of two Street League centres, based in the North-East of England and London. The study will contribute substantially to our wider understanding of the effectiveness of sport-based intervention programmes, which have grown significantly in number over the past 10-15 years.
This PhD studentship is fully funded through an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) award and is open to UK and EU students who meet the ESRC's postgraduate eligibility criteria for funding. Further information about the award's eligibility criteria can be found at
This award is tenable for three years over its lifetime if will cover the full cost of award-holder's tuition fees at the Home/EU postgraduate rate and provide an annual maintenance grant at the ESRC's national CASE rate, which in 2009/10 will be £15,590. Street League will also be contributing towards the studentships, providing the award-holder with an additional £2,000 per year, and they will also be assisting with accommodation and subsistence expenses while conducting fieldwork away from home. The successful candidate may also have the opportunity to undertake some teaching and research within the University, subject to satisfactory progress on this studentship.
The supervisors are Professor Richard Giulianotti (first) and Dr Laura Kelly (second). The PhD student will join the School of Applied Social Sciences, which is a highly-rated interdisciplinary unit with particular research and teaching strengths in Sociology, Criminology, Sport, Social Work, and Community & Youth Work. The School has a thriving community of 71 postgraduate students
The start date for this studentship is 1 October 2010. The studentship is available on a '+3' basis. By the start of the studentship, the successful candidate should have obtained an ESRC-recognised postgraduate masters degree in research methods or should have undertaken equivalent research methods training. Applicants should also have a minimum 2:1 class undergraduate degree in Sociology, Sport Studies, Criminology, or a cognate subject.
How to Apply Applicants wishing to be considered should make an on-line application to the University on or before 30 June, 2010, as well as submitting a research proposal and CV. To apply, please read the further details about studying for a research degree in the School at: http://www.durham.ac.uk/sass/phd and then fill in the online application form by going to: http://www.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/ and following the link to the application form.
Please select "PhD - Sociology and Social Policy" as your programme and indicate for which studentship you are applying. For further information on the application process, please contact Jill Lea (Research Secretary) at email@example.com / 0191 3341485.
For further details about this opportunity, please contact Professor Richard Giulianotti or Dr Laura Kelly.
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