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. At CISRUL, we give great importance to including PhD students in our many events, both for their benefit and our own. Join us!

We offer our own inter-disciplinary 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.

Several of our PhD students are part of the POLITICO research cluster, which conducts ground-breaking research on how political concepts are used in the world. For more information on the programme, please visit our POLITICO page

You are also welcome to apply for CISRUL funding if you are interested in our topics but decide to enrol for a PhD in law, politics, anthropology, education, history, sociology, philosophy or theology. You would then be supervised (or co-supervised) by CISRUL staff members in that discipline.

You can find an overview of CISRUL staff members’ interests and disciplinary affiliations here.

For more information on applying our studentships, please view our Funding Page.


The Politico supervisor pool consists of academic staff from across 6 schools within the University of Aberdeen.

politico bannerThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 754326.