School of Law, Politics and Sociology

LPS Doctoral Scholarships

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and motivated individuals to take up new PhD studentship opportunities in the School of Law, Politics and Sociology.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and motivated individuals to take up new PhD studentship opportunities in the School of Law, Politics and Sociology.

Scholarships, in the form of full fee waivers, are available from September 2019 for a period of three years. There may also be an exceptional stipend of approximately £14,700 awarded to the best PhD applicant in the School.

Successful applicants will be expected to make an active contribution to the School's research culture in their departments and any School-based research centres that map on to their research project.

To apply for the LPS PhD scholarship:

Step 1

Step 2


Outline proposals are sought in any fields where supervision can be arranged within the School. 

In general, a PhD proposal should cover the following (up to a maximum of 2,000 words):

  • Provide an introduction with an overview of the research question and outline of why it is of academic and/or practical interest.
  • Using the existing literature and a theoretical work, explain where their question has come from and how the planned research builds on existing work;
  • State the main objectives or goals of their research.
  • Briefly outline what methodology or research techniques might need to be employed in order to pursue those goals and explain how you would deal with any ethical issues.
  • Suggest any analytical techniques you might use;
  • Provide an indicative timetable of how you will pursue your research;
  • Reference any literature or sources used.

The School is home to national and international expertise and keen to encourage applications in the following areas:

  • Environmental law
  • Commercial law
  • Corporate governance and social responsibility
  • Criminal law and criminal justice
  • International criminal law
  • International investment law
  • Media law
  • Human rights law
  • Islamic law
  • European law
  • Biodiversity and law
  • Financial law
  • Intellectual property law
  • Internet law
  • European politics
  • International comparative politics
  • Comparative public policy
  • Representative and party politics
  • British politics
  • Migration politics and policy
  • Politics of corruption
  • Criminal justice
  • Violence and trangression
  • Childhood
  • Generation and new ageing populations
  • Care
  • Gender politics
  • Body and inequalities
  • Health, medicine, science and technology
  • Surveillance
  • Migration and human rights
  • Identity and everyday life
  • Social theory
  • Political sociology and alternative societies

Cross-disciplinary areas of research expertise within the School of Law, Politics and Sociology include: corruption and governance; migration, citizenship and ethnicity; European integration; gender and inequality; human rights; medicine and health; comparative public policy; and criminology. Applications linked to the School’s research centres are particularly welcome: the Sussex European Institute; the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption and Governance; the Centre for Gender Studies; the Sussex Centre for Human Rights and the Crime Research Centre

Other topics linked to the expertise of a particular faculty member are also welcome.

Applicants may consult the following web pages for up-to-date information on current supervisory interests of faculty: 

Potential applicants who wish to discuss their research plans are welcome to contact departmental research student convenors:


Prof Nuno Ferreira


Dr Rekha Diwakar


Dr Catherine Will, Dr June Edmunds or after January 2019 Dr Dean Wilson





Scholarship applications will be evaluated on the basis of: the applicant's ability to undertake research based on their academic record (including their references) and any relevant professional experience; the quality of their research proposal; and the fit of their proposed research with the research priorities of, and expertise available within, the School of Law, Politics and Sociology.

Successful applicants will be contacted mid June.

If you have any queries, please contact