PhDs & Postdocs

CGSC and Polis host a thriving doctoral and postdoctoral community. For examples, please visit the CGSC members page and take a look at Polis’ current PhD students. As a centre, we also co-supervise with other Schools in the University, such as LUBS, Media, Earth and Environment, and across health, as well as with other universities in the White Rose network. Many of our PhD students already publish in top journals and work in collaboration with key international organisations. Several graduates go on to secure academic posts around the world, with many working in ‘industry’ in the field of international politics.

We welcome postdoctoral funding applications, for example through WRDTP, Leverhulme, and UKRI. Please contact potential mentors directly.

We welcome PhD applications and initial enquiry emails from prospective students. And we actively support top students in securing funding to undertake their doctoral research. Below, we list a few opportunities for guidance:

PhD Scholarship Information – Student-Led Postgraduate Research Scholarships 20/21

ESRC WRDTP (open to UK and International)

AHRC WRCoAH (open to UK and International)

Leeds Doctoral Scholarships (UK only)

POLIS Scholarships

All of the above include fee + maintenance (at the UKRI rate – £15,285 in 20/21)

Other notable scholarships:

Any questions, please email Derek Edyvane –