A core objective of the Centre is to provide a vibrant and supportive environment for students to carry out cutting-edge Ph.D. research in Comparative Politics broadly defined. Students affiliated with the Centre benefit from involvement in ongoing research projects, a regularly held research development workshop, and other events, such as conferences and guest lectures.
We welcome applications from students interested in conducting theory-driven empirical Ph.D. research focusing on any aspect of political institutions and behavior, comparing individuals, regions, or countries in any part of the world. We particularly encourage those students to contact us who are eager to learn and apply formal theory and/or quantitative methods to substantively interesting problems.
Interested in Ph.D. Study With Us?
If you are interested in studying for a Ph.D. with supervision from members of the Centre of Institutions and Political Behavior at Durham University we encourage you to apply to the School of Government and International Affairs. Before doing so, however, we suggest you first do the following:
- Look at the profiles of the executive committee and members of the Centre and read some of their recent publications and working papers. This will give you a sense of our research interests and whether your dissertation topic is related to these.
- Opportunities for funding is competitive and provided through the Northern Ireland and North-East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINE DTP). Study the website and find the scholarships you may qualify for. Students who are self-funded or are funded through other sources are also welcome.
- Write a two-page summary of what your dissertation will be about, which research gap it intends to fill, what it will accomplish and how.
- Contact your preferred supervisor by email, including both your two-page dissertation summary and a current CV.
Important: The application deadline for funding through the NINE DTP is in January each year and developing a competitive dissertation proposal with your prospective supervisor takes time. Therefore we strongly recommend that candidates contact us as soon as possible, preferably well ahead of Christmas break (mid-December).
Current Ph.D. Students
- Rudabeh Shahid (4th year - finalist)
- Elisabeth de Vega Alavedra (3rd year) - ESRC funded
- Abdul Aziz Azizam (3rd year)
- Ed Goodger (2nd year)
- Samuel Mellish (1st year) - AHRC funded
- David Caldwell (1st year)
- Mark Burdon (1st year) - ESRC (3+1) funded