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Bridging the Gap: An Exploration of Transitions in Play through the Lifecourse (PhD Studentship)

Please note that all information for this scholarship was valid for 2017-2018 applications only. Information below is available for reference only. We’ll confirm scholarships for 2018-2019 applicants from September 2018 onwards.

  • Deadline: Not currently accepting applications

Background information

The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling is seeking applicants for a full-time PhD studentship to begin in the 2018/2019 academic year.

This studentship is funded by English Bridge Education and Development, UK and Irish Bridge Unions and the University of Stirling. The studentship provides full fees (at UK/EU rates), along with a living allowance and a training grant (at ESRC rates, see Applications from overseas candidates will be considered, however, they will be required to pay the difference in fees between the Home/EU and Overseas rates. The studentship is open to applicants with an excellent undergraduate or  Masters level qualification in a social science or related discipline.

The study will be supervised by University of Stirling academics:

It will be further supported by colleagues from English Bridge Education and Development (EBED – see, led by Dr Caroline Small, EBED Trustee and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College.

In addition to the monthly supervision meetings and meetings with external partners, the doctoral student will also receive mentoring and support from the Dementia and Ageing, and Child Wellbeing research groups, working with senior researchers and PhD students with interests in related areas.

These research groups run regular seminars, research discussions and training events, and will provide opportunities for the student to meet and benefit from advice from a wide range of staff and other research students with relevant expertise. The doctoral researcher will further benefit from advanced training events and workshops at the Stirling Graduate School (SGS) and external institutions, including additional support from the Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (

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Eligibility and availability

How do I apply?

Applications should include a covering letter (referring to the essential and desirable criteria above); a full CV including the names of two referees (at least one referee should be an academic); a transcript of grades achieved during previous university studies; a sample of the candidate’s written academic work; and a short summary (500-1000 words) written by the candidate that explains how they would approach the project’s research.

The sample of academic work should be up to 2000 words, comprising a piece of work (or an extract from a longer piece of work), that the candidate has submitted in their previous University studies, and that demonstrates their competency as a prospective PhD candidate. The short summary of how the candidate would approach the research should refer to the project summary and will be used to assess the applicant’s knowledge of the research field and of relevant methodological issues, including the opportunities and challenges involved in this study.

Applicants should send all documentation to by Friday 22 June.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in Stirling or via online methods on Monday 9 July.

Contact us

For further information, please contact Prof Samantha Punch,  or tel 01786 467985

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