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REA Scholarship : Do Candidates Matter? A Cross-National and Multi-Level Analysis

The School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde invites applications for a fully funded PhD in the field of comparative politics, studying the role of candidates in democratic elections across different elections and national and sub-national contexts. 

The student will be offered a supportive environment to develop his/her academic career including training in relevant research methods and transferable skills, opportunities to gain teaching experience, and access to an international research network of established academics and policymakers.
  • Number of scholarships 1
  • Value £14,510 per annum
  • Opens 20 January 2017
  • Deadline 3 April 2017
  • Help with Tuition fees, Living costs, Travel costs
  • Duration 3 years


Applicants must have an undergraduate honours degree with a classification of at least Upper Second Class (2:1) and a Masters degree with a classification of at least a merit in a related discipline.

Project Details

This PhD project will be related to the Comparative Candidates Survey (CCS) Project ( involving researchers from 30 countries, which has collected data on candidates standing in national elections between 2005 and 2013.
The successful candidate is expected to engage in a comparative and mulit-level analysis of the role of candidates competing in
elections between different levels of government, as well as cross-nationally.
The project is designed to make full use of the availability of the international datasets from the CCS.

Further Information

The successful candidate will join the School of Government and Public Policy, whose faculty have a distinguished track record of international research excellence, particularly in the areas of comparative politics, public policy, public opinion and representation.
The School's research is recognised internationally both for its academic excellence and for its relevance to policymakers. 
The School of Government and Public Policy was ranked 6th in the UK for research intenstity in the last national assessment exercise.  (REF2014).

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How to apply

Candidates must apply on-line via PEGASUS at and choose “PhD Politics”. 

Candidates should include:

• CV

Research Proposal, providing a brief outline of your ideas about possible avenues of inquiry using candidate survey data you would be interested in pursuing (not more than one A4 page or 400 words).

• Covering letter describing in detail your interest in and suitability for undertaking this project

• Degree transcripts (this may be an interim transcript if you are still studying)

• Two academic references*

*These may be provided directly from your referees if they would prefer and should be sent to no later than the deadline of 20th March. Email subject should contain: applicant name + phrases “Reference” and “REA Application”