Paid PhD studentship on youth and aspiration

Oxford Brookes University
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Education

To mark its 150th Anniversary, Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a number of full-time PhD Studentships across a range of subject areas in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, starting in January 2015. Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in Urban Futures:  Aspiration, Inequality and Transitions to Adulthood among Young People in London and New York City.

The supervisory team will be led by Professor Graham Butt, Professor of Education, with Dr Patrick Alexander, Research Fellow in the School of Education. The research will involve a year of long-term ethnographic research with a cohort of individuals making the transition from schooling to early adulthood, coupled with an intensive period of observation and interviews with students and school leavers in London (with a smaller comparative study in New York City, partly funded by the studentship provided by Oxford Brookes). A full project description will be provided in the application pack.

The successful candidate will receive an annual payment of £14,000 for a maximum of three years to cover Home/EU fees (currently £3,966 per annum) and provide a stipend towards living expenses.

As a successful applicant, you will join a supportive and research-active Department.  For more information on the School of Education, visit

Eligibility: Applications are invited from Home/EU students only.  We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. Applicants are expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree prior to the Studentship start date. The Studentship holder may also be required to complete supplementary research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

Deadline: The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Monday 24th November

Interview date: Interviews will be held on in the week commencing 8th December.

Start date: January 26th 2015

How to apply: To request an application pack, a project description and for further details of how to apply, please contact the Research Administrator, Marinka Walker.  Please specify which studentship you are applying for.


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