• Coventry University Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations is offering full-time PhD studentships to well-qualified individuals, to start in September 2018.
  • Eligibility: All UK/EU/International students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found making an application page.
  • Visit the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations website
  • Access the online application
  • Application deadline: 16 February 2018 (4pm GMT)

Eligibility: UK/EU/International
Award Details: Bursary plus tuition fees
Duration: Full Time – 3 years to 3 years 6 months Fixed Term
Application deadline: February 16th 2018 (4pm) (Starting September 2018)
Interview date: March 12th 2018

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Samima Hussain to discuss this opportunity.

As an ambitious and innovative University, we’re investing an initial £100m into our new research strategy, ‘Excellence with Impact’. Through original approaches from world-leading experts, we’re aiming for our research to make a tangible difference to the way we live. As a research student you are an integral part of Coventry’s lively and diverse research community and contribute to our reputation for excellence. With our exceptional facilities and superb support mechanisms you are afforded every opportunity for academic success.

The Project
As part of a continuing programme of expansion of research activity in these areas, Coventry University is offering full-time PhD studentships to well-qualified individuals, to start in September 2018.

Proposals invited
We welcome applications with proposals for PhD research projects in distinct and cross disciplinary areas related to our current research themes.

These are:

  • Communities, Representation and Inclusion
  • Faith and Peaceful Relations
  • Global Development
  • Migration, Displacement and Belonging
  • Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
  • Protective Security and Resilience
  • Transnational and Maritime Security
  • Trust and Workplace Relations

In addition to these broad themes, we would also welcome proposals on the following topics:

  • Gender and development  or health and development
  • Humanitarianism in conflict & disaster
  • Transitional justice
  • Trust in transitional societies
  • Natural resource governance
  • Organised crime and the privatisation of security
  • Social movements and democratisation
  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Religious diversity, inter-faith dialogue or intercultural dialogue
  • Faith, social policy and social justice
  • Religious literacy and education
  • Migration and social cohesion
  • Trusting individuals and trusting institutions
  • Counter Terrorism and Urban Resilience.

We are looking for proposals that challenge existing ideas in these areas and expand current thinking, offering original insights and approaches by undertaking significant and rigorous research. We welcome PhD proposals that link to more than one member of staff’s research interests or are in related areas. It is standard practice for supervision teams to consist of three staff members. For further information about potential supervisors interests and expertise, visit CTPSR.

The full-time PhD studentships will cover UK/EU or overseas tuition fee equivalent, plus a stipend for maximum three years six months.

The fee-only scholarships will cover tuition fee ONLY.

About the Centre/Department
The Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations has over 70 full-time research staff supported by a team of professional support staff. Our staff are extremely well-connected and are called upon to contribute their expertise on the national and international stage, as advisers to governments and international bodies or at conferences worldwide.

We take a multi-disciplinary approach to our work that brings together creative thinking on concerns of trust and trust repair, peacebuilding, peace and reconciliation and on the contemporary challenges of societal relationships in a diverse and connected world. Our portfolio of excellent and impactful research seeks to change lives and enhance well-being. We convene and contribute to public debates, provide effective policy guidance at local, national, regional and global levels and generate international collaborative research through our global networks.

Our aim is to develop independent, trained, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas with real-world impact. Your initial training is delivered through an intense first year of training and development with the DTC training programme and through direct interaction with your supervisors. We aim to equip you through your first year’s training to undertake fieldwork and primary research in pursuit of your research. There is also ongoing and bespoke training offered throughout your three years, as well as opportunities to come together in your cohort to learn from each other’s experiences.

As a member of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, you will also be able to benefit from the rich research environment and other development opportunities offered to all our staff and students, including being part of a research group. You will also have access to additional training through the Coventry University training programme for researchers.

Successful Applicants
Successful applicants will have:

  • A taught Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 60% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark.
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within the period of the studentship
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)


  • A first or good upper second class undergraduate degree in a related social science or in the humanities and a strong interest in pursuing research in this field.

All UK/EU/International students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found making an application page.

To access the online application click here