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Modern History: ESRC Funded PhD Studentship: Militarism in Post-Soviet Russia: War, Identity and Culture, 1990-2000


Period: to start on 1 October 2016 (full-time study)
Closing date: 1 May 2016



The Department of Political and Cultural Studies at Swansea University invites applications for a fully-funded 3-year PhD studentship to start on 1 October 2016 (full-time study), on the subject of “Militarism in Post-Soviet Russia: War, Identity and Culture, 1990-2000.”

Research may be on any dimension of this theme but must address the nature of militarism in Russian society and culture in the first post-Soviet decade. The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Michael Sheehan and Dr. Eugene Miakinkov, and will spend a year in Russia consulting archives and other research centres. An opportunity to work and carry out research at the Bush School of Government and Public Service in Texas will also be available. Finally, the student will be required to participate in training events organised by the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre, especially events associated with the Language-Based Area Studies pathway.


Candidates should have a 2:1 honours degree or above in a relevant subject such as Soviet, Russian and East European History, Politics, and/or Culture. A reading knowledge of Russian is highly desirable.

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees), you must:

  • have settled status in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay;
  • have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship grant. This means you must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences);
  • not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not apply to UK and EU nationals.

How to participate

To be eligible for a fees only award, you must be ordinarily resident in an EU member state, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

For more details please see the ESRC website.

The full studentship covers the cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax-free stipend of approx £14,296 p.a.
There will also be an additional £750 per annum available for research expenses.

How to Apply
To apply for this studentship, please complete the College of Arts and Humanities Research Scholarship Application Form and return, along with CV and 1000 word research statement, which should identify a clear topic of research

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Information & contacts

Gabriella Wasiniak

Graduate Centre Administrator

College of Arts and Humanities

Address: Keir Hardie Building,
 Swansea University, Singleton Park, SA2 8PP
Tel: +44(0)1792 295926

Informal enquiries about this studentship are welcome, and may be directed to Dr Gerard Clarke by email ( ) or by telephone (+44 01792 513525).


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