Q-Step Centre Funded PhD Studentships in Quantitative Social Science Research

Q-Step Centre Funded PhD Studentships in Quantitative Social Science Research

As part of a major investment in the University of Glasgow Q-Step Centre, the College of Social Sciences is supporting two fully funded PhD Studentships to commence in October 2017. The Glasgow Q-Step Centre, one of 15 funded centres in the UK, embodies the commitment in the College of Social Sciences to developing the next generation of quantitatively trained leaders in social science research. In addition to developing their own research and professional skills, the PhD students will, as members of the Q-Step Centre at Glasgow, be involved with the development and delivery of innovative teaching in quantitative research methods.

The Q-Step Director Dr Jo Ferrie, is inviting PhD proposals from students wishing to pursue quantitative projects in three of Glasgow’s core strategic social science research themes: ‘Social Justice, Equity & Change’; ‘Social & Legislative Politics’; and ‘Methods, Data and Concepts in Social Science’.  


Candidates should have a Master’s degree in Politics, Sociology, Policy or a related Social Science cognate discipline. Knowledge and experience of quantitative methods of analysis and software tools for quantitative data analysis is highly desirable.

Home/EU and international applicants are eligible to apply as well as students already in their first year of a University of Glasgow PhD. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible.

The Award

The scholarship will run for a maximum of 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time commencing on October 2017 and will provide:

  • an annual maintenance grant at the RCUK rate (2017/18 rate £14,510 full-time/£8577.60 part-time)
  • fees at the standard Home/EU or International rate
  • a research support grant of £750 (£450 part-time) per annum

How to Apply

All applicants should complete and collate the following documentation then attach to a single email and send to William.Shirriffs@glasgow.ac.uk by DEADLINE DATE: 29 January 2017

Research Proposal

Interested candidates should submit a research proposal (maximum 1,500 words, excluding tables and references) detailing the research question(s) to be addressed in the project as well as the theoretical justification, anticipated data sources (whether primary or secondary) and analytical approach and modelling strategies.

Academic Transcript(s)

Full academic transcript(s) from previous studies (undergraduate and postgraduate).

Two references

On official headed notepaper and signed by referees.

References given to candidates in sealed envelopes should be opened, scanned and attached to the email.

References can also be emailed direct to William.Shirriffs@glasgow.ac.uk  by referees via their official University email address; clearly labelling the reference e.g. “Q-Step Studentship”

Copy of CV

Any application which fails to meet the above requirements will not be considered.

Selection Process

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a video conference interview the week commencing 27th February 2017. Successful applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by 6th March 2017.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within the College of Social Sciences.  Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.

Informal queries may be addressed to Dr. Jo Ferrie, Jo.Ferrie@glasgow.ac.uk.

2 fully-funded PhD scholarships in international economic history at the University of Glasgow (EURECON project funded by the European Research Council)

2 fully-funded PhD scholarships in international economic history at the University of Glasgow (EURECON project funded by the European Research Council)

Applications are invited for two 3-year PhD scholarships (with a possibility of a one-year extension) in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow.

The successful candidates will be part of the ERC-funded project The Making of a Lopsided Union: Economic Integration in the European Economic Community, 1957-1992 (EURECON) led by Dr Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol. They are expected to begin on 1 September 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the EURECON project

The goal of EURECON is to explore European policymakers’ views about how to make the organisation of the European Economic Community (EEC) fit for the creation of a single currency, from 1957 to 1992. It is often said that the euro has faults of conception. But how did this happen? How was the euro made in such a way that it nearly completely overlooked some critical aspects of monetary unions? The assumption is that in the run-up to the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, European policymakers just did not think properly about how to make the Euro work. Was this really the case? Did European policymakers really overlook the economic foundations of European monetary union?

The project aims to examine European policymakers' debates and proposals, understand the reasons for their success or failure, identify the dynamics of political and economic trade-offs and compromises, shifting priorities, and alternative approaches that were abandoned at the time but recycled later. The project focuses on five work packages: macroeconomic policy coordination, fiscal transfers, capital market integration, banking harmonisation/supervision and the deepening of the common/single market. The project will examine the origins of the issues that are currently bedevilling the European Union (EU) by investigating the period between the creation of the EEC in 1957 and the decision to create a European single currency in 1992.

PhD positions

The PhD projects will focus on the role and influence of non-state, non-EEC actors and factors in the above discussions. Interested applicants should focus specifically on the role of one of the following actors/factor:

  • Commercial banks: Commercial banks were central actors in the development of European economic integration, in particular with regard to capital market integration, regulation/supervision, and the development of the common/single market. Did they support the creation of a common market in banking? Did they adopt specific lobbying strategies within their respective member states and in Brussels? How did they view the possible future creation of a monetary union in Europe?
  • Big business (other than banks): The implementation of the common/single market, the issue of EEC fiscal transfers, and macroeconomic policy coordination had an impact on the conduct of business in Europe. Did big business consider that these developments would improve their environment, in creating more business opportunities, easier financing and trade? The Roundtable of Industrialists famously lobbied for the Single Market Project; did big business aim to actively support or oppose other developments at different time periods?
  • Trade unions: Macroeconomic policy coordination, EEC fiscal transfers, and the development of the common/single market had an important impact upon labour relations. How did trade unions try to influence European economic policymaking? In particular, how did they promote European social policies and how did they cope with the challenges induced by European economic integration in a globalising world? The rise of unemployment in Europe from the 1970s as well as the reflections mentioned above about the introduction of an EEC-wide unemployment benefit provided an important points of interest for trade unions.
  • The spread and influence of economic ideas on the evolution of European economic cooperation and integration: Many economic ideas have influenced and competed over the development of European economic integration, including German ordo-liberalism, French planning, and neo-liberalism. Recent studies have shed light on the rise of neo-liberal politics in the evolution of thinking about deregulation and the free movement of capital. How did economic thinking evolve in the EEC and how did these influences permeate policymaking at the European level? This topic would more specifically focus on the intellectual history dimension of the economic integration of Europe by looking at one of these schools of thought. How did these ideas spread among European policymakers? How did these ideas change over time? What was their actual influence?

The successful candidate is expected to:

-          Write a PhD thesis under the supervision of Dr Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol

-          Be an active part of the EURECON project and work in close cooperation with other team members

-          Present papers at conferences

-          Publish in international peer-reviewed journals (individual and co-authored)

-          Participate in yearly workshops organised within the scope of EURECON.

The successful candidate will register for a PhD in Economic and Social History, School of Social and Political Sciences, College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow.

The scholarship covers the successful student’s full-time home/EU tuition fees (£4,121 p.a. for 2016/17), pays a stipend (£14,296 p.a. for 2016/17), and includes a research budget allowance to cover expenses related to archival research and conference attendance (at least £1500 p.a.). There is a possibility for an extension to a fourth year, under the same financial conditions.

PhD students at the University of Glasgow benefit from the College of Social Sciences’ Graduate School Research Training Programme, as well as an annual Thesis Review Committee and an annual Doctoral Retreat. PhD students may also have the opportunity to become Graduate Teaching Assistants and gain teaching experience.

Candidates must be fluent in English. A good command of another European language would be an advantage.

How to apply

Please include the following supporting documentation with your application:

-          Your CV

-          Your research proposal focusing on one of the actors/factors outlined above (max. 2500 words, including footnotes, references and bibliography)

-          Your degree transcripts

-          Your English language certificate

-          Two letters of reference

Interested candidates should apply on the University of Glasgow’s Online Application System http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/opportunities/howtoapplyforaresearchdegree/#/. Applicants should put ‘EURECON’ in the ‘Research Title’ field in ‘Step 6 – Course Details’ of the application form, and select ‘PhD in Economic and Social History (Research)’.

Interested applicants are strongly advised to discuss their research proposal with Dr Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol (emmanuel.mourlon-druol@glasgow.ac.uk) before they apply.

Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview in Glasgow.

Application deadline is 7 May 2017.