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PhD Studentship: Young Hong Kongers in Britain: coming of age, youth-led migrant rights and acts of citizenship (NWSSDTP)
This is a call for applications for a three-year, fully funded, ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) CASE PhD studentship hosted by the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, in collaboration with Hongkongers in Britain, starting October 2023.
The deadline for applications is 17th March 2023.
We will inform candidates whether we will offer them an interview by 22 March 2023.
Interviews will likely take place online week commencing 27 March 2023 and will include questions in Cantonese.
This PhD centres on the experiences of young Hong Kongers newly arriving in the UK. Empirical research with Hong Kongers newly arriving in the UK is necessarily at an incipient stage and has yet to focus exclusively on young Hong Kongers, for whom routes to migration and settlement are, because of their age, inherently more complicated and, as they are within the age group more likely to have been involved in pro-democracy movements, more politically charged.
It is organised around the following research questions:
- In the context of migration flows from Hong Kong to the UK and their governance through both the Hong Kong BN(O) visa route and standard immigration controls, what routes are young Hong Kongers—18-24 years old—using to migrate to and settle in the UK?
- How are their experiences of migration and settlement in the UK shaped by coming of age in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) against the backdrop of pro-democracy uprisings? How do these shape the ways in which they advocate for political and migrant rights?
- In what ways are their political actions shaped by the longstanding relationship between the British Government and the people of Hong Kong?
This PhD study will adopt a mixed methods approach to map how young Hong Kongers are arriving and settling in the UK through statistical analysis and new survey data; design and deliver in-depth qualitative research with non-academic partner organisation Hongkongers in Britain to document the experiences of migration and settlement among young Hong Kongers newly migrating to the UK, and provide research evidence that can be used within an advocacy for migrant rights.
Professor Michaela Benson, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University
Dr Ala Sirriyeh, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University
Dr Eva Li, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University
Simon Cheng, Hongkongers in Britain
This NWSSDTP CASE Studentship includes
- Payment of tuition fees for the duration of the studentship;
- An annual maintenance Stipend (£17,668 (2022/23 rate), exact rate for 2023/24 onwards subject to confirmation from the RCUK);
- Reimbursement of eligible research expenses via the Research Training Support Grant
- Opportunities to apply for additional funding to support internships, fieldwork and overseas institutional visits.
- Access to existing anonymised data held by Hongkongers in Britain
- Access to office space at Hongkongers in Britain and opportunities to present work within the organisation and through its networks
- Access to a range of training and development provided by the Sociology Department, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Lancaster University, and the NWSSDTP.
- Candidates must have qualifications of the standard of a Bachelor’s degree at first or upper-second-class level, and must also have a suitable Master's degree or equivalent (or will have completed a Master’s degree by the starting date of October 2023) in social research/social science.
- Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have received rigorous training in the theoretical, philosophical, and methodological aspects of both qualitative and quantitative research.
- Candidates will have a high level of fluency in spoken Cantonese is essential and a high level of proficiency in reading and writing Cantonese is desirable
- Candidates must satisfy the ESRC's academic and residential eligibility requirements; the studentship is open to UK and International (including EU and EEA) candidates
- Candidates will preferably have a background and academic interest in sociology or a cognate social science discipline
Please send enquiries about the vacancy by email to Professor Michaela Benson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Applications should be submitted through the Lancaster postgraduate admissions system (apply for “PhD Sociology October 2023 entry”).
Applications should include
- A full academic CV
- Contact details for two named referees (one of whom should be your most recent academic tutor/supervisor);
- A copy of the Bachelor’s degree and Master's degree transcript (or copy of equivalent qualifications);
- A letter of application (not exceeding two pages of A4) outlining your suitability for a PhD and explaining how you would approach the research – please note: this should be submitted on the system where it requests a research proposal
- An example of postgraduate level is written work (e.g. essay, dissertation or research article)
- Under ‘personal statement’ please state you are applying for "NWSSDTP Case Studentship Young Hong Kongers”
Once you have submitted your application please email Professor Michaela Benson (email@example.com) with your postgraduate application number.
The successful applicant will be required to submit a full application to study for a PhD in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University and will need to be offered a place on the programme. This information will also need to be submitted to the NWSSDTP before the studentship is confirmed.
A full description of the project can be found here: NWSSDTP CASE Studentship Project Description: Young Hong Kongers in Britain.
- ESRC funding - North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP)
Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP)
If you are interested in applying for a PhD place at Lancaster in the area of Media & Cultural Studies and you are interested in applying for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding, please first look at the information on the NWCDTP website.
The application process is lengthy, so you should contact Debra Ferreday as soon as possible.
Apply online for a PhD place at Lancaster: 13th January 2023 (at the latest, the earlier the better)
Draft AHRC funding application: Monday 16 January
Final funding application: 5pm 3rd February 2023
Securing AHRC (NWCDTP) funding is very competitive, so to stand a chance of success you need to have a 1st class degree at the undergraduate level and a Distinction at Master's level (or if you are currently doing your MA, grades that look like you will achieve a Distinction by the end of your Master's degree).
The AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) doctoral studentship competition is now open, including ring-fenced studentships for BAME and disabled students. All applicants must have a confirmed offer of a place on a doctoral programme at Lancaster University. International students, as well as UK students, may apply. More information about the NWCDTP application process and what subjects they cover is available on the NWCDTP website.
To apply for an award, candidates must have applied for a PhD place at Lancaster University by Friday 13 January 2023. The PhD in Media & Cultural Studies is run by the Sociology department. (See these web pages for how to apply). But you may also apply for Media & Cultural Studies AHRC pathway funding if you intend to register on another PhD degree (e.g. PhD Gender & Women’s Studies, PhD Sociology) if your PhD project is based on media or culture.
Writing the AHRC PhD application (including the research proposal) is complex and you should work with your proposed PhD supervisors on improving your draft as much as you can. Your draft should also be shown to Debra Ferreday for comments.
All draft applications for the AHRC (NWCDTP) should be sent to Debra Ferreday for comments by Monday 16 January. Candidates must submit a NWCDTP Funding Application by Friday 3 February 2023 (5pm).
Further details including frequenty asked questions can be found on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website.
- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarships 2023
The Peel Trust Studentship
Level of Study: All
Eligibility: EU (Non-UK), International (Non-EU), UK
Open for applications: 10th March 2023
Deadline: 29th May 2023
Up to £4,000 and paid in three termly instalments dependent on termly satisfactory academic progression.
The awards are available for the support of students for first or higher degrees, in any subject. The period of the award is one academic year, although students can apply each year. The value of the award is determined by the Trustees in each case.
Applicants must be aged 21 and over on the first day of the first term for which they are seeking assistance. The award is based on academic merit and financial hardship. The Trustees will consider both academic and financial positions.
For further details see the University funding website.
Other funding for PhD students and applicants
Visit the faculty website for details on other funding sources for PhD applicants and registered students.
Research Support and Training Costs
All registered PhD students are eligible to apply to the Department for research support and research training costs. This may cover, for example, travel and other expenses for research trips to libraries, archives, museums, etc.; expenses related to attending academic conferences where you are giving a paper; or the costs of training in a skill necessary for your research, such as enrolling in a language or other skills course for which no provision exists in the university. Individual requests are usually limited to £250.
How to Apply
To submit an application, simply create an account on the My Applications website and then select ‘Create a new application’ from your homepage once you are logged-in.
Using your account on the My Applications website, you are able to submit applications for the programme(s) which you wish to study, upload supporting documentation and provide us with information about referees.
Current Lancaster Students
If you are a current Lancaster student, or you have recently graduated from Lancaster, we can reduce the amount of information that you will need to provide as part of your application. You will need to provide only one reference and will not need to supply your Lancaster degree transcript. We will also pre-fill your personal details, ready for you to check.
Finding a supervisor
Please take a look at the list of available superviors further up this page and indicate in your application the names of several supervisors you would be happy to work with.
While it is not necessary to get in touch with these potential supervisors before submitting your application, in some cases it can be useful to email staff whom you would be interested to work with before applying. This could be helpful for you in finding out whether you do share similar interests or theoretical orientations. You can get in touch with staff directly through the information on their profile pages.
What should I include?
If you use the My Applications website then you will be advised which documentation you need to upload or send to us. We can automatically contact your referees once you have submitted your application if you ask us to.
The supporting documentation screen will provide you with a list of required documents. These will usually include:
- Degree certificates and transcripts of previous higher education (college/university) degrees or other courses that you have completed/for which you are currently studying. For transcripts in languages other than English, a certified English translation will be required.
- A personal statement to help us understand why you wish to study your chosen degree.
- You also need to complete a research proposal which should include the following:
- the research area you are interested in
- the research question(s) you are specifically interested in
- who within our department appears best qualified to supervise you
- the methods you envisage using in your studies
- plus any other information which may be relevant
- An example of postgraduate level written work (e.g. MA Coursework, article or research paper)
- Two references
- If English is not your first language, we require copies of English language test results. It is possible for us to consider your application before receiving these test results, and to then give you a conditional offer that will be dependent upon receiving test results at a later date.
When to apply
You can apply at any time of the year for PhD study, but we encourage you to start at one of the predefined start dates of October, January or April. In some circumstances, a July start date can be considered.
If you wish to be considered for funding, are applying from overseas or require on-campus accommodation, we recommend you apply as early as possible.
If you would like more information before applying, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or + 44 (0)1524 593148. If you have any queries during the application process, please contact our Postgraduate Admissions Team.
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