World-Leading St Andrews Scholarship in Gender-Based Violence
The University of St Andrews is pleased to offer a full scholarship funded by St Leonard’s Postgraduate College, to support an exceptional student undertaking doctoral research in the following project:
Rethinking the Female Body After Violence
Gender-based violence against women is a major world challenge to social justice and human rights. The research question underpinning this project asks how women, particularly migrant women, embed the categories of ‘victims’ or ‘survivors’ of violence, and how this process of embedding can affect their attempts to carve out a new life afterwards. This will be addressed through ethnographic research (semi-structured interviews and the active participation of the researcher) in both Italy and Scotland, in order to achieve a deep comparative understanding of personal experiences of violence. The successful candidate will analyse the socio-cultural processes which attribute meanings to the categories of victim, woman, survivor, vulnerable and migrant from the perspective of various actors, including those who have experienced violence themselves.
The aim of the project is to reflect on how survivors rethink their body after their experiences of violence, highlighting the relationship between vulnerability and agency. Our hypothesis is that the emotions linked to violence that occurs during the process of migration are incorporated by survivors, and that this can determine a new and dynamic sense of self (Grønseth, 2013). We want to understand how women survivors of violence rethink their bodies, and how the body becomes a site for the negotiation and construction of a new identity through various dimensions, including gender, race, religion and class.
The project will also contribute new understandings of the social dynamics involved in integration processes, considering the conscious positioning and the agency of survivors, as well as developing conceptual tools to bring out the centrality of the subject themselves in discourses on violence. The results of the proposed research will lead to significant social impact, by providing tools to improve the services offered by women’s shelters and NGOs as well as the integration of survivors, with a special focus on migrant women. The ethnographic research will be carried out in Milan, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Domicile for fee status
Level of study
Postgraduate Research (Doctoral)
Year of entry
2020-2021 academic year; applicants must be able to start their degree in September 2020.
School of Modern Languages and Department of Social Anthropology
Applicants must not already (i) hold a doctoral degree; or (ii) be matriculated for a doctoral degree at the University of St Andrews or another institution.
What does it cover?
Duration of award
Up to 3.5 years. The successful candidate will be expected to have completed the doctorate degree by the end of the award term. The award term excludes the continuation period and any extension periods.
Value of award
The award covers full tuition fees for the award term as well as an annual stipend payable at the standard UK Research council rate (the 2019-2020 annual rate is £15,009).
Tuition or maintenance award
Tuition and maintenance.
About St Andrews
Doctoral Research at St Andrews
As a doctoral student at the University of St Andrews you will be part of a growing, vibrant, and intellectually stimulating postgraduate community. St Andrews is one of the leading research-intensive universities in the world and offers a postgraduate experience of remarkable richness.
St Leonard’s Postgraduate College is at the heart of the postgraduate community of St Andrews. The College supports all postgraduates and aims to provide opportunities for postgraduates to come together, socially and intellectually, and make new connections.
St Leonard’s Postgraduate College works closely with the Postgraduate Society which is one of the most active societies within the Students’ Association. All doctoral students are automatically welcomed into the Postgraduate Society when they join the University.
In addition to the research training that doctoral students complete in their home School, doctoral students at St Andrews have access to GRADskills – a free, comprehensive training programme to support their academic, professional, and personal development.
How to apply
- Apply for admission as a doctoral student. Please see the advice on Research programmes.
- After submitting the research application form in step 1, you will receive an email with a direct link to the Scholarships and Funding catalogue, where you can apply for the World-Leading St Andrews Scholarship.
- Enter the catalogue by following the link in the email and clicking View the scholarships and funding catalogue to apply.
- Select 2020/1 as the Academic Year and click Refresh list.
- Locate World-Leading St Andrews Doctoral Scholarships in the list of scholarships (using the filter box if necessary), click Apply and complete the application form.
- You can also use the catalogue to search and apply for other scholarships for which you are eligible.
As part of the scholarship application you will be required to upload a personal statement. This should serve as a cover letter for the research project application as a whole, and should include an outline of your suitability for the project and why the project interests you. Please include how you meet any specified project criteria, which can be found in the "Eligibility" and "Project Description" sections above.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries about the scholarship application process.
When do applications open?
Scholarship application deadline
16 January 2020
When should I apply for the scholarship?
Apply for the scholarship as soon as possible after you have applied for admission.
When will I hear if my application has been successful?
The outcome of your scholarship application will be available on "View my applications" in Scholarships and Funding by late January/early February 2020.