CISRUL is building a vigorous community of PhD students who work closely with the academic staff and play an important role in all our activities. PhD studies can often be a lonely experience and PhD student often find themselves working in splendid isolation; this is not the case at CISRUL, where we give great importance to including PhD students in our many events, both for their benefit and our own.

We offer our own interdisciplinary PhD programme in Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law. This is perfectly suited to students whose interests cross more than one discipline, and who are worried about being told that their PhD project does not fit with the strictures of a single discipline.

However, you are equally welcome to apply for CISRUL funding if you are interested in our topics but decide to enroll for a PhD in law, politics, anthropology, education, history, sociology, philosophy or theology. Several of our current PhD students are enrolled in these disciplines and are supervised (or co-supervised) by CISRUL members in that discipline.

During this 2015/16 academic year CISRUL has funded three new interdisciplinary 3-year PhD studentships that included fees and partial maintenance. Saerom Han and Domenico Carolei started their PhDs in October 2015, and recently we welcomed our third student, Aditya Mohanty to Aberdeen to begin his project. More about their projects can be found under Current Projects.

More information on applying for a CISRUL Studentship will be provided when we announce our PhD studentship opportunities and deadlines for commencement in the 2016/17 academic year.

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