PhD Scholarship in Law, Criminology, Forensic Investigation or Policing

Canterbury, Kent
Oct 04, 2019
End of advertisement period
Nov 06, 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job title: PhD Scholarship in Law, Criminology, Forensic Investigation or Policing  
Job reference: REQ01057  
Application closing date: 06/11/2019  
Location: Canterbury  
Salary: Payment of fees and a £13,000 yearly stipend, as well as £500 annually for conferences and events.      

Job description

The School of Law, Criminal Justice & Policing are inviting applications for one funded full-time scholarship.

Applicants are required to email a covering letter, university PhD application form and CV to Hannah Bygraves

Any applications received directly via the CCCU vacancies portal will not be considered.

Applicants must also ask two academic referees to complete the referee form and send it in as soon as possible.

The School of Law, Criminal Justice and Policing is based at our Canterbury Campus and has four distinct subject areas including law, criminology, forensic investigation and policing and a research centre – the Canterbury Centre for Policing Research (CCPR). The School sits within the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences. It has in the region of 1000 students studying across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. It prides itself on the relationships it has built with the professions and currently offers popular undergraduate programmes in Forensic Investigation, Applied Criminology, Policing, Criminal Investigation and Law. Postgraduate programmes include an MSc in Applied Policing Practice, the Masters in research and PhD programmes across the four disciplines within the school. The successful candidate will join a thriving research environment and will benefit from the networks and contacts established by staff within the School.


The PhD proposal should focus on one of the areas described below or a proposal of the candidate’s choice (although we recommend that you discuss the proposal with the relevant contact below in advance). Candidates must complete the proposal application form, provide clear research questions and details of the research design.  Candidates can discuss their proposal with the named contact below in advance of the submission.

POLICING - to discuss proposals contact Stephen Tong –

  • Policing vulnerability and risk
  • Entry routes and professionalisation in policing
  • Criminal Investigation

FORENSIC INVESTIGATION to discuss proposals contact Laura Vera-Stimpson –

  • Developing new approaches to understand the distribution of Gun Shot Residue (GSR)
  • Developing new methods for the enhancement of fingermarks
  • Heritage Crime - methods to prevent and detect theft

LAW to discuss proposals contact Chrispas Nyombi –

  • Reparations for international crimes
  • Current challenges in international criminal law and procedure
  • Solutions for current lacunae in the assigning of criminal responsibility for international crimes among individual, state and non-state actors in international law

CRIMINOLOGY to discuss proposals contact Maryse Tennant –

  • Human rights and immigration
  • Sustainability and criminal justice
  • Historical or sociological studies of prisons

Scholarship details

The scholarship includes payment of fees and a £13,000 yearly stipend, as well as £500 annually for conferences and events. The supervision team will be academics from the school with a research background. The successful candidate will have access to the university Graduate School facilities. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will start the programme in January 2020. International students should visit for further information regarding visa and immigration requirements.

For further general questions on the scholarship or application process please contact Professor Stephen Tong

Interview details

Short listed candidates will be invited to attend the Canterbury Campus in Canterbury between 1000-1430 hrs on Friday 15h November 2019.  Please keep the date free for presentation and interviews. International candidates will be interviewed by Skype or similar.

Candidates selected for interview will be expected to deliver a 10-minute presentation on their PhD proposal outlining the research questions and proposed research design.

Deadlines for applications for this scholarship: Wednesday 6th November 2019 5pm.