School of Law, Politics and Sociology PhD scholarships (2018)

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

Type of award

Postgraduate research

PhD project

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

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

  • Law
    • 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
  • Politics
    • European politics
    • International comparative politics
    • Comparative public policy
    • Representative and party politics
    • British politics
    • Migration politics and policy
    • Politics of corruption
  • Sociology
    • 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; and the Sussex Centre for Human Rights.

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

Check our faculty pages for up-to-date information on current supervisory interests of faculty:

You can also email the following departmental research student convenors to discuss your research plans:


Full PhD fee waiver for three years. There may also be an exceptional stipend of around £14,500 awarded to the best PhD applicant in the School.


To be eligible, you must study a Law, Politics or Sociology/Gender Studies PhD starting in September 2018.

You will also 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 your research project.


7 May 2018 0:00 (GMT)

How to apply

Apply for a place on the relevant PhD course at Sussex by Monday 12 March 2018

When you have submitted an application for your course, complete the scholarship application form, an outline research proposal and CV and submit to by 4pm on Monday 7 May 2018.

Your PhD proposal must be a maximum of 2,000 word and should:

  • include an introduction with an overview of the research question and outline of why it is of academic and/or practical interest
  • explained where your question has come from and how your planned research builds on existing work, using existing literature and theoretical work
  • state the main objectives or goals of your research
  • briefly outline what methodology or research techniques you might need to employ 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
  • provide a timeframe for the research
  • reference any literature or sources used.

Scholarship applications will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • your ability to undertake research based on your academic record (including their references) and any relevant professional experience
  • the quality of your research proposal
  • the fit of your proposed research with the research priorities of, and expertise available within, the School of Law, Politics and Sociology.

If you are successful, you will be contacted early in June.

Contact us

Email Lindsey Cavell, Research and Enterprise Co-ordinator, at


Applicants must make an online application for a place to study by Monday 12th March.

Scholarship application form, an outline research proposal and CV by Monday 7th May (for those who have applied for a place to study or hold an offer)


At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
7 May 2018 0:00 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired


The award is available to people from these specific countries: