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The role and impact of 3FF in fostering peaceful relations

Eligibility: UK/EU/International students with the required entry requirements

Award Details: Bursary plus tuition fees - UK/EU/International

Duration: Full-Time - 3 years Fixed Term (Start date September)

Application deadline: May 20th

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Dr. Kristin Aune to discuss this opportunity.

As an ambitious and innovative University, we’re investing an initial £100m into our new research strategy, ‘Excellence with Impact’. Through original approaches from world-leading experts, we’re aiming for our research to make a tangible difference to the way we live. As a research student you are an integral part of Coventry’s lively and diverse research community and contribute to our reputation for excellence. With our exceptional facilities and superb support mechanisms you are afforded every opportunity for academic success.

the project

As part of an expansion of research activity in the role religion plays in forging (or inhibiting) trust and peaceful relations, Coventry University is offering one full-time PhD studentship to a well-qualified individual, to start in September 2016.  

This studentship will support our partnership with 3FF (Three Faiths Forum), one of the leading UK interfaith and intercultural organisations. Proposals are invited for a PhD research project exploring the role and impact of 3FF in fostering peaceful relations.  

We welcome proposals that will provide new insights about the difference 3FF’s work makes to the communities it works with, including young people, schools, universities, students, religious groups, members of Parliament, women and local communities. We welcome proposals that are interdisciplinary, innovative and use participatory research methods. Proposals should challenge existing ideas, expand current thinking and contribute to change within 3FF and the communities it works with. 

The PhD studentship will be based within the Faith and Peaceful Relations Research Group, one of six research groups in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. The PhD student will work 6 hours per week as a Research Assistant within the research group. Students are supervised by three supervisors. For information about potential supervisors, visit the CTPSR website.

This full-time PhD studentship will cover UK/EU or overseas fee equivalence plus a bursary of £14,057 per annum for three years. 

About the Centre/Department

The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations has over 50 full-time research staff supported by a team of professional support staff. We take a multi-disciplinary approach that brings together creative thinking on concerns of trust, peace and reconciliation, and the challenges of societal relationships in a diverse and connected world. We convene public debates, provide policy guidance at local, national, and global levels and generate international collaborative research.

Our researchers operate within an effective interdisciplinary research environment, collaborating across the Centre and beyond through research groups which define our current areas of work and provide a framework for joint research and funding applications. CTPSR's researchers work within specific groups and are encouraged and supported in collaborative research which reflects the Centre’s current interests. Each of these has a strong practical focus on embedded research at the local, national and international levels to ensure that we achieve research excellence with impact by developing local solutions which have global impact and resonance. They are as follows:

CTPSR’s Doctoral Programme

Our Doctoral Training Centre develops independent, trained, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas with real-world impact within a large, vibrant and international postgraduate community.

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will have:

  • a taught Masters degree in a relevant discipline, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 60% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)


  • a first or good upper second class undergraduate degree in a related social science or in the humanities and a strong interest in pursuing research in this field
  • skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods

Eligibility & Application Procedure

Application procedure:

Application information can be found in our how to apply section. Applicants are advised to read the following 3FF Information Guide [PDF 646KB] prior to submit a formal application. 


All UK/EU/International students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found here.