PhD Studentship Vacancy

Crick Centre PhD Studentship in the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster Parliament

Closing date for applications: 10th August 2016

Picture of WestminsterTo mark its 50th anniversary the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield established the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics in 2015. As the inaugural Professor of Politics Sir Bernard Crick established and shaped the Department of Politics and his intellectual legacy continues to influence many elements of departmental life in relation to teaching excellence, cutting-edge research and demonstrable impact within and beyond academe. One of Sir Bernard’s main research interests was the reform and modernisation of Parliament. He was one of the founders of the Study of Parliament Group and his research and writing was influential in the establishment of the select committee system. The planned restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster creates a range of questions concerning the future the future of representative democracy in the United Kingdom, in general, and the structure, culture and governance of Parliament, in particular.

In this context the Crick Centre and the Department of Politics are delighted to announce the provision of a fully funded PhD studentship to study the restoration and renewal programme for the Palace of Westminster. This studentship will form one element of a far broader research and public engagement programme called ‘Designing for Democracy’ on this topic. This is an exceptional opportunity for an exceptional candidate and applications are welcomed from Masters’ graduates with an interest in democratic reform, legislative studies, British politics and cognate disciplines. The studentship will offer the successful candidate the opportunity to pursue innovative doctoral research within a dynamic research environment and designated ESRC Knowledge Exchange Hub.

The studentship is tenable for three years from 1 October 2016 and covers the cost of home/EU rate tuition fees (£4,121 pa in 2016/17) together with a tax free maintenance grant (£14,296 pa in 2016/17) and a Research Training Support Grant (£750 pa).

Picture of the Crick Centre reception areaApplications

Applicants should apply for admission to the Department’s PhD programme.

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Applicants should indicate on the application that they wish to be considered for the Crick Studentship. Applications should include a maximum three-page research proposal outlining the scope of the proposed research, its relationship to the current state-of-the-art, the questions to be addressed and research methods to be employed.

For More Information

  • All enquiries about the studentship or the PhD programme should be directed to our Graduate School Administrator, Sarah Cooke, on
  • Informal inquires can also be made to Professor Matthew Flinders, Director of the Crick Centre, University of Sheffield, on

PhD Studentship:Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster Parliament

Covers cost of Home/EU and International tuition fee rates.

Tax-free maintenance grant (£14,296 in 2016/17).

Research Training Support Grant (£750 pa)

Closing date for applications:
10th August 2016

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