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Current Vacancies

Two fully funded PhD studentships with ICSR, exploring far-right violence in Europe and/or North America.

King’s College London – Department of War Studies

Qualification Type: PhD

Location: King’s College London

Funding amount: Full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a maintenance stipend

Hours: Full Time

We are currently offering two fully-funded PhD studentships for three years from autumn 2019. Successful candidates will also join ICSR as research fellows, working as full members of the team. Alongside your PhD you will be required to work on a project relating to far-right violence in Europe and/or North America.

The studentship will cover UK/EU fees (£5,300 per annum) and a maintenance stipend. As a result, we are unfortunately unable to consider applications from those who do not qualify for UK/EU fees.

The Project

Global instability and disorder are on the rise. The challenge of non-state actors was characterised at the start of the century by the 9/11 attacks but has given way to a more diffuse and complex picture. A wave of angry populism which often manifests itself in what is sometimes described as ‘identitarian’ politics has now become a fact of everyday life in Western societies.

Extremist movements on all ends of the political spectrum have been reinvigorated by these developments and present distinct, yet acute challenges to our civic life. The results are clear for all to see. Political extremists are on the march again and have claimed lives across the world, from the streets of Charlottesville, to synagogues in Pittsburgh and San Diego, to mosques in Christchurch.

We are particularly interested in projects which explore the construction of these movements, whether traditional labels apply to them, and what moves their adherents from political extremism into violence. This project will trace and examine movements across Europe and/or North America.

The Candidate

The requirements of the studentship, along with the PhD and broader contribution to ICSR will require a significant commitment from the successful candidates. A number of our previous students have gone on to pursue highly successful careers in academia, government, and industry. Candidates currently working but looking to return to academia are encouraged to apply, as are current postgraduates.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Due to constraints imposed by the funding body, this PhD studentship is only available to UK/EU applicants, who qualify for home fees.
  • Excellent academic achievement at undergraduate and postgraduate level, with demonstrable potential to be an outstanding academic researcher.
  • First class or upper second class undergraduate degree or an equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant subject.
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant subject.
  • Research experience is desirable.
  • Detailed knowledge of the far-right scene in Europe and/or North America is desirable.

Candidates should submit the following

  • A cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements for this position and your motivation for joining ICSR (max. 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research proposal, with a clear outline about your methodological approach (max. 1200 words)
  • One written piece of work (e.g. university essay or published article, report)
  • Details of two independent referees (academic or work). The referees should be able to comment on the candidate’s recent work.

Please send completed applications to

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 21 July 2019, 23:59 (GMT+1).

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