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The President's Research Scholarships

Law, Policy and Politics in Wales (WGC and WISERD)

Cardiff University has a strong reputation for social science scholarship and research training, reflected in RAE performance of the three participating schools:  Law, European Studies and Social Sciences.

The Wales Governance Centre (WGC) has a dual focus: as a centre on governance based in Wales and for the study of the governance of Wales.

Welsh Assembly Debating Chamber

WISERD (Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods) has been awarded national research centre status by the Welsh Assembly Government consolidating its position as a major contributor to high quality research in and out of Wales.

Major existing investments by Cardiff University, the Welsh Assembly Government, HEFCW, the ESRC and others are drawing together a unique community of scholars at Cardiff around a common focus on law, policy and politics in Wales – with strong links to colleagues elsewhere in Wales and across the UK.

The scholarships available will focus on Law, Policy and Politics in Wales, set in a broad comparative, multi-level governance, European Union (EU) and international context. The scholarships will deliver a suite of interdisciplinary, policy informed research, with projects selected from among the areas of criminal justice (especially in relation to youth and community), sustainability and social policy (equalities, gender, children), as well as the legal implication of devolution, Wales’ contribution to the formation of EU law / policy and role in its implementation, and Wales in international affairs (paradiplomacy).

Intellectually vibrant and dynamic conditions for excellent doctoral scholarship and for mutual support among the doctoral students will be provided.

On graduation, there will be a heavy demand for the President’s Research Scholars within the Academy.  Alongside the practitioner/policy mentors which will be organised for the Scholars, their exposure to the policy world will alert them to other professional career opportunities and ways in which they can contribute to social, political and economic life beyond the University sector.


This project is now closed.

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What to do next

  • Find out more about the research projects and the scholarships available and also receive guidance in relation to any project-specific application processes by getting in touch with the Project Contact.
  • Submit an online postgraduate application, within the timescales specified by the Project Contact, in order to be considered for one of the President’s Research Scholarships. (Applicants should indicate in Section 5 (Funding) at the item: ‘ I will be applying for a scholarship/grant ‘ -  the name ‘President’s Research Scholarships’.)


This project is now closed

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