Three-year fully-funded studentship: ‘Understanding career pathways and their outcomes’

Three-year fully-funded studentship: ‘Understanding career pathways and their outcomes’

Potential PhD students are encouraged to apply for this prestigious three year studentship funded by the ESRC’s Scottish Graduate School of Social Science and co-funded by Skills Development Scotland. The student will examine connections between different career pathways and their outcomes at a later life stage in the UK with a special focus being on Scotland. This is a timely and highly relevant topic as employment careers in Scotland and elsewhere are becoming more varied and complex whereas robust evidence on the outcomes of career pathways is missing.

This research will use longitudinal data. Knowledge of longitudinal data analysis is not a pre-condition for this application but candidates must have strong quantitative backgrounds. It is expected that applicants have obtained at least a 2.1 honours degree and will have completed a Masters level qualification in a relevant social science discipline (for example, Human Geography, Sociology, Social Statistics).

This PhD research will be undertaken in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development at the renowned University of St Andrews. The student will be jointly supervised by Dr Darja Reuschke and Dr Zhiqiang Feng. The studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend at Research Council rates (approximately £13,000). Funding will be for 3 years of full-time study, starting date in October 2014.

All interested candidates should send a full CV and a proposal of a maximum of three pages outlining why they find this topic of interest and why their skills are a good match for the project.

Please send applications to Mrs Helen Olaez ( by Monday, 14 July 2014. A short-list of candidates will be interviewed prior to the award being made: interviews are expected to take place in late July 2014. The selected candidate will also need to be approved by the Scottish Graduate School-Doctoral Training Centre (

Please contact Dr Darja Reuschke ( or Dr Zhiqiang Feng ( to discuss any issues in relation to the studentship.