Funded PhD studentship: Education systems, aspiration and learning in remote rural settings

Published: Wednesday 11 May 2016

The PhD student will conduct research on education and aspiration in remote rural areas. They will design their own research project, in discussion with the research team, which will connect closely with, and link together, the research undertaken in the three case study countries. This may involve ethnographic research in one or more of the three settings, or in a fourth country, or it might instead focus on wider policy issues that cross-cut national contexts. They will be expected to enrol on 1st October 2016.

For informal discussions about this studentship, please contact Dr Nicola Ansell ( or Dr Peggy Froerer ( 


Candidates must have a good undergraduate degree (first or upper second class) or equivalent qualification in Human Geography, Anthropology, Development Studies or a related social science discipline. It is expected that applicants will also hold (or be close to completing) a relevant Masters degree, will have experience of undertaking qualitative research, and will preferably have practical experience of working in low income rural settings. Any non-native speaker who has not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section) or equivalent.

The studentship offers an annual stipend of £14,296 plus Home/EU tuition fees for a maximum of 36 months.

Applications are now closed for 2016/17 entry. 

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