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PhD studentship on public health & policy (I.Family study, March 2014 start)

This three-year studentship, which is open to Home/EU students only, is to undertake doctoral research as part of the EU-funded project I.Family ( This is a cross-European research project investigating health determinants in European adolescents and their families, and Lancaster University is responsible for the ethical and policy implications of this research. 

The successful applicant will undertake research on how the activities of government, non-commercial actors, and commercial bodies affect the health behaviour and health outcomes of European adolescents and their families. Of particular concern will be what sort of changes in these activities would be desirable from the point of view of public health, how such changes might be brought about, and the moral and political arguments relevant to these questions. 

The student will be based in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion and will work closely with the project’s Principal Investigator, Dr Garrath Williams. In addition to his/her doctoral research, the student will be expected to assist with administrative and organisational tasks within the I.Family project for up to 25% of his/her time.

The studentship will commence on 1 March 2014 and run for three years. A later start may be possible by agreement, but the stipend is only payable until the end of the project funding period on 28 February 2017. The annual stipend will commence at £18,752. Please note that the award holder will be expected to meet the cost of tuition fees (£3,900 in the 2013-14 academic year for Home/EU students) from within this amount. Renewal of the stipend will be subject to satisfactory PhD progress and contributions to project activities.

Applications should be made by Monday 6 January 2014, through Lancaster University’s online application website.   You should apply for either the PhD Philosophy or the PhD Politics, depending on the main focus of your research proposal.   You will need to provide:

  • A short personal statement – please indicate at the beginning of this statement that you wish to be considered for the I.Family studentship.
  • A supporting statement (two pages) giving (i) your knowledge and experience and its relevance to this area of research, and (ii) an account of the particular research topics that you would like to pursue, within the broad outlines indicated above.  Please upload this in the slot provided for Research Proposal.
  • A recent sample of your academic work - this need not be relevant to the research topic but should ideally demonstrate your capacity for moral and/or political argument.  Please upload this as a separate evidence item.
  • Two references – these are needed by the same deadline, so if you will be asking us to request the references you will need to allow time for this to be done.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries well in advance of the deadline – please contact Garrath Williams at:

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