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Doctoral studentship opportunities at the University of Kent

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kent is now advertising doctoral studentships covering course fees and an annual maintenance grant for students planning to begin their doctoral projects in autumn 2014. Successful applicants will have a strong academic record and a clearly defined research project reflecting the interests and expertise of staff in the Department.

Particular areas of research interest in the Department include:

  • religion, capitalism and globalization

  • religion and media

  • the role of religion in the construction of European modernity

  • religion, law, governance and politics

  • the cultural sociology of the sacred

  • the study of religious subjectivity

  • material religion

  • religion and childhood

  • religion and critical theory

Two types of studentship funding are available. Applications can be made through the Department for AHRC studentships awarded through the CHASE consortium of institutions. CHASE is an exciting new initiative, bringing together seven universities in London and the South-East of England, who will be working together to develop innovative training designed to help students work across disciplines and equip them for different forms of public engagement work. In addition to their fees and maintenance awards, CHASE students will also have access to additional funding to support their personal research development as well as funding support for undertaking placements related to their research with external organizations. In addition to this, studentships funded directly by the University of Kent will also be available. More details on these are available at

In this funding round, the top-ranked applicant to the Department of Religious Studies will also be offered a fourth year of maintenance funding (subject to satisfactory progress), which would enable them to develop publications from their research and post-doctoral funding applications after the submission of their thesis.

Students wishing to apply for these doctoral funding schemes need to submit their applications to the University of Kent by 31 January 2014. It is strongly recommended, however, that applicants make contact with a potential supervisor in the Department as soon as possible to begin discussing their application.