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New PhD Studentship for Research on Adult Social Care in England

25 June 2019

The School for Policy Studies is currently recruiting for one full-time PhD studentship, with a start date of 23rd September 2019. The studentship is funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR).

The successful applicant will join the School for Policy Studies social policy/social work/disability studies PhD programme and work closely with other colleagues in the School for Policy Studies. Areas of adult social care research expertise and interest in the School include (but are not limited to) social care’s associations with: disability, ageing, personalisation, integration, housing, equality and diversity, social work practice.

Funding: The 3-year award will cover full-time UK/EU University of Bristol tuition fees and an annual stipend of £17,000| from 1 October 2019.

Additional support (for travel, conference attendance, general research expenses) will be available through the NIHR SSCR programme as appropriate.

Please note overseas students will need to cover the difference between overseas fees and the funded amount for home/EU fees themselves.

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at Please select Social Policy, Social Work or Disability Studies on the Programme Choice page. You will be prompted to enter details of the studentship in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form.

As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to submit a research proposal (1,500 words). Please explain, in light of the topic focus on adult social care in England, the research proposed during the studentship.

The deadline for applications is: 12 noon, 23rd July 2019.

Candidate requirements: 

Applicants require an Upper Second-Class Honours degree and a pass at MSc/MA level (or equivalent). Please view the PhD Social Policy/Social Work/Disability Studies prospectus page for full entry requirements (including the English Language profile as applicable).

A conditional offer for a place on the PhD programme will be subject to obtaining such marks.


Further information

Informal enquiries relating to the PhD project/programme should be directed to: Professor David Abbott (

Informal enquiries relating to the application process (including documents and references) should be directed to: Emma Western (

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