Friday, January 18, 2013

Fully funded PhD students in Law at Durham University

European Research Council Project:
“Dividing Political Power among People(s): A New Federal Theory for the 21st Century”
RF Code: RF160043
ERC Grant agreement no.: 312304

CLOSING DATE for applications: 15 March 2013

About the award
The Law School at Durham University is pleased to invite applications for two three-year doctoral studentship, fully funded (fees and maintenance grant) as part of the ERC -funded project entitled “Dividing Political Power among People(s): A New Federal Theory for the 21st Century”. The project aims to explore international and national phenomena that have challenged the idea of the sovereign state, and will explore these developments through the lens of federal theory.

We are looking for candidates who are interested in pursuing doctoral research in one of three broad areas: (1) the United Kingdom and the “British Empire”; (2) American federalism – Old or New; or (3) German federalism – Old or New. Applicants should be outstanding law graduates, with a particular interest in constitutional or comparative law. They must be able to work independently, but will equally be part of a research team lead by Professor Schütze.

Deadline and how to apply
Applications must contain a CV, a short research proposal (3-4 pages), as well as one academic reference. They must be submitted by 15 March 2013 to: Professor Robert Schütze, Durham Law School, Palatine Centre – Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3LE. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview and will be required to give a 10-minute presentation on their research proposal.

Further Information
For informal enquiries please contact Professor Robert Schütze (, and visit to find out more about the Law School. Durham Law School is one of the UK's most distinguished and prestigious law schools, and one of its leading centres for legal research. The Law School was ranked 4th in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), and belongs to the top 5 UK Law School according to the “Complete University Guide”.


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