New PhD studentship with ParliLinc – legislative leadership and governance

Governance of Parliamentary Institutions: Structures, Processes, and Leadership

PhD GTA Funded Studentship

Reference Number: COSS2019-1

Project Leads: Dr Mark Bennister, Dr Samantha Shave, Professor Matthew Hall


The School of Social and Political Science’s newly established ParliLinc Group at the University of Lincoln is offering a fully funded PhD studentship in the area of Legislative Leadership and Governance. The successful candidate will work with staff in the ParliLinc Research Group to investigate leadership and governance of the legislatures at Westminster, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Belfast.

This research project draws on multi-disciplinary expertise across law, politics, and public policy to map the existing arrangements, place them in an historical context, understand internal dynamics and evaluate how parliaments build their collective identities, and understand how they establish public trust and manage their own reputations.

The project has the potential to impact on parliamentary governance in the UK and feed into comparative understanding of legislative administration and leadership. A strong research interest in legislatures (and preferably public leadership) and an aptitude for qualitative methods in particular is desirable. The successful candidate will be based in the new Lincoln Parliamentary Research Group, in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Within the broad parliamentary parameters of the project, the studentship will be able to pursue their own related research proposal.

Contact: Dr Mark Bennister:

How to Apply

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area (e.g. law, political science, public administration, sociology, or public policy). Applicants with a relevant Master’s degree are particularly welcome. Applicants should possess excellent report writing and English language communication skills, and an ability to work to deadlines.

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Those called for interview will be required to prepare a presentation.

Closing Date: 12 March 2020

Interviews: provisionally week beginning 23 March 2020

Start date: 21 April 2020 or by agreement

Eligibility and Funding

Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although international students must self-fund the difference between the International and UK/EU fee rate.

Home/EU fees will be covered by the studentship: £15,009 per annum stipend

The studentship may require you to offer up to 6 hours of teaching or related work per week, the income from which will go towards the cost of your tuition fees and any surplus fees will be paid by the College.