Postgraduate research

Politics and International Relations PhD Tuition Fee Waivers

Qualification: PhD

Department: Politics and International Relations

Application deadline: 14 September 2022

Start date: 9 January 2023


The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities are offering a number of tuition fee waivers for successful PhD applicants commencing January 2023.

We welcome applications and research proposals for PhD Politics and International Relations in the following research areas.

Please read the list of supervisor's research interests below and, if any of these areas are of interest to you, prepare your proposal using our Research Proposal Form which provides guidance for what we are looking for in an application.  In particular, applicants are advised to think about research question/s; methods; demonstrate a solid understanding of the main literature and be able to suggest their own contribution to the field. Submit your online application following the guidelines under our How To Apply section towards the bottom of the web page. 

Dr Melany Cruz

I would like to supervise PhD candidates who are looking to research feminist political theory; feminist movements or activism; theories of violence and nonviolence, including disobedience and the politics of protest, and in particular resistance in the Global South. I welcome proposals that focus on both theoretical and empirical questions. A strong application will have a precise research question; methodological rigour– including case studies, if applicable; a good understanding of the literature, including political concepts and thinkers, if applicable, and a relevant academic contribution.

Dr Myriam Fotou

I am interested in supervising research on migration, migration governance and racialisation within UK and EU migration management practices; criminalisation of migration and of migrant groups; humanitarian governance; migrant sea rescue in the Mediterranean and elsewhere. I am also interested in working with PhD candidates wishing to engage with otherness and othering, especially with regard to liminal figures in societies, eg undocumented migrants; the stateless; the homeless; and with the way such figures define the understanding of subjectivity and territory of estrangement between inside and outside of communities, states and beyond.

Dr Jamie Johnson

I am interested in supervising research that explores the politics of identity, violence, and representation in global politics.  Including but not limited to two main sites of inquiry. Firstly, ‘just wars’; how has war become intimately linked to human rights in the post-Cold War era? How have liberal states sought to normalise and legitimise war in humanitarian terms? Secondly,  the politics of scandals in a so-called ‘age of outrage’. What are the possibilities and limits of scandals as an instrument of transparency and accountability? How do scandals offer unique opportunities to better understand the composition, character and function of power, norms and values in global politics. 

Dr Zainab Mai-Bornu

I am interested in supervising research with a strong focus on Africa, conflict (nonviolence and violence), natural resources, inequalities, Gender (women’s activism), development, as well as research into vernacular security. I am also interested in supervising research using participatory and visual methodologies.

Dr Vikram Visana

Is primarily a political theorist and historian of South Asian political thought. To date, his main areas of research have been Indian ideas of liberalism, republicanism, and populism in their Hindu, Muslim and Parsi iterations. More recently, he has also worked on Hindu Nationalism from the 20th century to the present as well as the intersections between political theory and architecture in the postcolonial world. His new research is on the global political theory of race, caste, and emotion, which looks at a range of Black and South Asian theorists from India, the Americas, and Britain. Vikram would be happy to supervise postgraduate students wanting to work in any of these areas.



  • 4 UK tuition fee waivers for 3 years for full time study or 6 years part time study (part time only available to UK applicants)
  • 1 full time overseas fee waiver for 3 years

International applicants must demonstrate on their personal statement how they intend to fund the difference in fees (£11,004 per year) and their living costs for the duration of their studies.

There is no stipend or additional funding available to support living costs.

The fee waivers are not available for distance learning study.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a UK Bachelor's Degree with at least a 2:1 and a Master's Degree or overseas equivalent qualifications.

The University of Leicester English language requirements apply.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

For enquiries about the proposed research please email the relevant supervisor listed above.

For application enquiries please email

How to apply

How to apply

To apply, please select click on the Apply button below and then select January 2023*.

Look at the supervisors and research areas above and prepare your research proposal on the Proposal Form (docx., 144kb)

With your application, please include:

  • In the proposal section please provide the name of the your proposed project supervisor (from the list above)  and your project title
  • Upload your completed Research Proposal Form
  • Personal statement explaining, briefly, your interest in the project and your experience. International applicants also must demonstrate on their personal statement how they intend to fund the difference in fees (£11,004 per year) and their living costs for the duration of their studies.
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts of all degree level study already completed and if possible transcript to date of study currently being undertaken
  • CV
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable
  • In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two academic referees in the boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.
  • In the funding section please state CSSAH Fee Waiver

Incomplete applications and Research Proposals not submitted using the Proposal Form will not be considered.

*UK applicants may apply for either full time or part time study. International applicants may only apply for full time study if they require a Student Visa to study in the UK.



UK and International students are welcome to apply.

The University of Leicester prides itself on the diversity of its student population and on being an inclusive employer. We encourage applications from candidates who represent the diversity of our student population, local communities and wider society. In particular, we welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, as this is a group currently underrepresented in the University.

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