Overview:The Centre of International Public Policy (CIPP) is a world leading academic research centre based within the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. We are currently offering a fully-funded PhD Studentship for three years from September 2018. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Ursula Hackett and Prof Andreas Goldthau and will sit within and be supported by CIPP. He or she will benefit from our wide-ranging expertise in political science, international political economy, and public policy, and will be expected to become part of our research community.

We invite applicants to submit a 2000 word proposal within the field of public policy making in the US, UK or other advanced democracies. Rising polarization, citizen alienation and the growth of privatized forms of governance and regulation animate the study of the design and transformation of public policies on the national and transnational level. Questions a PhD project could address may include:

  • Under what conditions do public policies pass or fail?
  • How do the coalitions advancing policies form and do they differ significantly across different policy areas?
  • Why and how are policies transformed over time?
  • What role do policy regimes play in this context?

Proposals may examine policy structure or compare policymaking procedures across several policy domains. Comparative proposals are welcomed though not required. Proposals may be qualitative or quantitative in nature with a preference for mixed-methods design.

Applicants should have a background in political science, public policy or a closely related discipline.


  • Applicants should have completed a Master’s degree (or equivalent from a university outside the United Kingdom) in a relevant subject by the start date.

Funding Details:

  • Starts September 2018 (with the possibility of a January 2019 start date)
  • Three-year award
  • HEU fee waiver worth approximately £4,195 and maintenance of approximately £16,553 p.a. (2017-18 figures; 2018-19 figures to be confirmed).
  • Access to departmental research and training allowance

How to apply:

To apply for this studentship please email Ursula Hackett (Ursula.hackett@rhul.ac.uk) and Andreas Goldthau (andreas.goldthau@rhul.ac.uk) including:

(a) A brief cover letter outlining why you are applying for the Public Policy Development Studentship.

(b) A proposal (max 2000 words) outlining the project and how it relates to public policymaking. Include research question, context, methodology, and proposed thesis structure and timeline.

(c) A curriculum vitae.

(d) Contact details (email and postal addresses) for two academic referees. Please provide your referees with a copy of your research proposal so that they are able to comment specifically on your suitability to pursue the course of study you have described.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

Application Deadline: 

1st December 2017

Further Enquiries:

Ursula Hackett (ursula.hackett@rhul.ac.uk) and Andreas Goldthau (andreas.goldthau@rhul.ac.uk)

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