4x Fully funded CTPSR PhD Studentships

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

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU/International)

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 14 February 2020

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2020

For queries contact:

Contact details for individual staff members can be found through the Centre’s Research Group links.

However the Research Admissions team will process your formal application and are the main contact point for all admission and administrative-related enquiries.

PhD Opportunities

The Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations (CTPSR) has over 60 full-time research staff supported by a team of professional support staff. Our staff are extremely well-connected and are called upon to contribute their expertise on the national and international stage, as advisers to governments and international bodies or at conferences worldwide.

We take a multi-disciplinary approach to our work that brings together creative thinking on concerns of trust, communities, social relations, peacebuilding, peace and reconciliation and on the contemporary challenges of societal relationships in a diverse and connected world. Our portfolio of excellent and impactful research seeks to change lives and enhance well-being. We convene and contribute to public debates, provide effective policy guidance at local, national, regional and global levels and generate international collaborative research through our global networks.

Our research is organised around the following themes:

  • Communities, Politics and Identity;
  • Faith and Peaceful Relations;
  • Global Inequalities and Development;
  • Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation;
  • Security, Vulnerability and Resilience;
  • Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (including domestic extremism and religious extremism).

We invite PhD proposals that fit into one of these themes, that challenge existing ideas in any of these areas and expand current thinking, offering original insights and approaches by undertaking significant and rigorous research.

Details of the Research Groups can be found here.  We strongly encourage candidates to make direct contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their proposal before submitting a formal application. Contact details can be found through the above link.


The PhD Studentships will include:

  • A tax-free stipend per annum paid at UKRI rates (estimated at £15,197 for 2020/21)
  • Tuition fees (UK/EU/International)
  • A research development allowance of £1,000 per annum


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills. All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

The successful candidate will also benefit from participation in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations’ Doctoral Training Programme and regular research seminars, and active involvement in the relevant Centre Research Group.

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years.
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

A Masters’ degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience would be desirable.

How to apply

Candidates are encouraged to discuss their research proposal with a potential supervisor before submitting a formal application. Contact details for individual staff members can be found through the Centre’s Research Group links 

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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