HCRI PhD Studentship (extended deadline)
Interfaces Between International And Local Actors In Peacebuilding Contexts
The University of Manchester
State Date September 2012
Duration of Award 4 years
Nature of Award
For Home/EU students: Payment of Home Tuition Fees and a £10,000 per annum maintenance grant. For International Students: Payment of International Tuition Fees and a £2,700 per annum maintenance grant. International applicants may also apply for the HCRI Overseas Bursary. This is a competitive award which will provide an additional £7,300 maintenance stipend a year, bringing the total available stipend to £10,000 per annum for the duration of the PhD programme.
Deadline Applications must be received by June 29, 2012.
Research Project & Supervision
The Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute invites applications for a PhD studentship to investigate the interface between international and local actors in peacebuilding contexts. This research will consider various aspects of the encounter between international peacebuilding, statebuilding, donor, and development agencies, and a range of local organisations and networks. This encounter may be characterised by interactions with ‘traditional’ or ‘new’ donors and the construction of localised political strategies designed to maintain autonomy or mitigate elite predation or international prescription. The aim of the research will be to try to shed light on the growing problem of the gap between the local and international legitimacy of peacebuilding or statebuilding, and what appears to be a divergence between the architecture of international peacebuilding and localised political struggles for peace, development, order and prosperity.
The candidate will conduct research under the guidance of Prof. Oliver Richmond who is particularly interested in candidates who will develop semi-ethnographic research methods in order to understand how ‘peace formation’ occurs at the grass roots level, and how this impacts upon the state and upon donors in specific contexts. He is particularly interested in cases where the UN has been involved via an integrated peacebuilding mission.
For further information on HCRI’s PhD programme please visit http://www.hcri.ac.uk/study/phd/index.htm
Please note: candidates who completed an application for the previous call for the ‘Interfaces in Peacebuilding’ (June 4th deadline) will still be considered for this award and should NOT submit a new application.
How to Apply
You must apply to the HCRI PhD programme by June 29, 2012 using the University’s standard online postgraduate application process at the apply online link below.
Applicants for the studentship should hold or be expecting a First Class degree award, and/or a Distinction in a related Masters degree. Applicants who hold a good 2:1 in their first degree will be considered on merit. Applicants should include full details of any teaching experience or areas of expertise on their application form. Applications should include a 1000 word research statement detailing the research they plan to conduct in reference to the project area. A minimum of 2 letters of reference must also be received by the deadline.
Please indicate on the online application form (under the heading “Funding”) that you would like to be considered for the ‘Interfaces in Peacebuilding’ award. If you are an international applicant and would like to be considered for the Overseas Bursary, also indicate this on the application form.
Queries regarding the research project area should be directed to Prof. Oliver Richmond firstname.lastname@example.org. Any enquiries relating specifically to the submission of applications should be directed to Dr Jenny Peterson, HCRI Director of Postgraduate Research email@example.com.
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