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PhD Opportunities


Research fellow post at CVSL, Open University

We are currently recruiting for a Research Fellow at the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, Open University Business School. This would ideally suit someone looking for a post-doc or early career research position working in voluntary sector research, leadership, or more broadly public and social policy.


Applications are due April 30, 2018 for the 2018 WPI Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

The fellowship is awarded to scholars whose primary research focus is women’s philanthropy or gender differences in philanthropic behavior and giving and is intended to support research and dissertation writing.  Prior recipients have worked in the fields of history, economics, higher education, and philanthropic studies.   The fellowship is offered by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.  Email with questions.   



PhD studentships and Post-doc Fellowship opportunities at CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University

CRESR is delighted to announce a number of fully-funded PhD scholarships, across a range of themes including the voluntary and community sector ( to three fully-funded scholarships funded by Sheffield Hallam University are available, as well as opportunity for outstanding applicants to be considered for ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership scholarships.


CRESR has one of the largest groupings of academics in the UK researching the sector at local and national level. We welcome proposals for qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods studies from a range of theoretical perspectives that seek to explore the role, experiences and value of the voluntary and community sector at the nexus of policy, communities and multiple disadvantage, including linked (but not limited) to the following:


* Public service reform and systems change

* Procurement, commissioning and policy governance

* Mitigating the effects of welfare reform

* Management, leadership, governance and accountability

* Social investment


Further information about PhD themes and how to apply can be found here:


If you have an idea for a PhD on the voluntary and community sector please contact Chris Dayson ( 2846) for an informal discussion. For a more general discussion about PhDs in CRESR please contact Dr Will Eadson (>)


Post-doc Fellowships


The Centre may also support applications for ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Postdoctoral Fellowships for recently completed doctoral researchers at ESRC DTC/DTPs (see: Potential applicants should send a covering note and CV> by Friday 8th December.




A PhD in CRESR is a unique experience. PhD candidates are treated as integral members of the CRESR team, located directly alongside staff in the Centre. Students benefit from and contribute to a thriving, collegiate research environment. CRESR has a strong commitment to academically rich, applied policy research which provides a particularly enriching research environment for postgraduate scholars, providing detailed day-to-day insights to the world of policy and practice through an academic lens.


The Centre and its members hold an enduring commitment to academic rigour through applied interdisciplinary policy research, which has been recognised through the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) in which CRESR's research was assessed under Unit of Assessment (UoA) 16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning:


* 81 per cent of research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour

* over 50 per cent of research was rated as world leading in terms of impact


CRESR was ranked in the top quartile of UK institutions and the highest ranked post-1992 University.




The Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good is inviting applications for a fully funded PhD studentship (EU/UK fees plus stipend at RCUK level) on the theme of ‘Philanthropic Foundations and Engaged Philanthropy’, co-funded by The Rank Foundation and the University of St Andrews.

This opportunity is available from September onwards and further information is provided at  


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