4-year ERC-funded PhD studentship on the “Towards a Third Nuclear Age” research project

Qualification: PhD

Department: Politics and International Relations

Application deadline: 16 April 2021

Start date: 27 September 2021




4-year ERC-funded PhD studentship on the “Towards a Third Nuclear Age” research project.

The School of History, Politics and International Relations (HyPIR) at the University of Leicester invites applications for fully-funded PhD studentship on the European Research Council-funded “Towards a Third Nuclear Age” research project led by Professor Andrew Futter. 

We welcome PhD research proposals on any aspect of the move towards a “Third Nuclear Age” from any theoretical perspective, including but not limited to:

  • the impact of new, emerging and disruptive technology on nuclear order;
  • the concept of nuclear ages;
  • how nuclear risks are changing in different parts of the world.  



The award is for 4-years full time study, beginning 27 September 2021.

  • Funding for UK/EU students will include a UK tuition fee waiver and a maintenance grant of £15,609 pa. 
  • Applications from international students are welcome, but will only be eligible for a waiver of tuition fees and no stipend.

The successful candidate will have access to funding for conference attendance, be supported to develop their own research portfolio, and contribute to the team’s research activities and outputs.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Candidates applying to the 4-year PhD should have an interest in nuclear weapons issues, hold an undergraduate degree at UK 2:1 or better or overseas equivalent and ideally a postgraduate degree in a relevant subject (this can be in any related academic discipline, not just International Politics).

University of Leicester English language requirements apply.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

For further information please contact Professor Andrew Futter, ajf57@le.ac.uk.

Application enquiries to pgradmissions@le.ac.uk.

How to apply

How to apply

Please apply using the Apply Button below and select September 2021 entry.

Please include the following with your application:

  • CV
  • Degree Transcripts and certificates
  • In the Personal statement section provide a 1-page cover letter explaining why you would like to be considered for the studentship and a sample of academic writing (this could be an essay from your most recent degree)
  • Evidence of English if applicable
  • In the proposal section provide a 1500-word research proposal (this should clearly explain the research problem, research question, and approach, and include references where relevant) 
  • Enter the contact details of two academic referees in the text boxes provided or upload letters of reference.
  • In the funding section state Professor Futter's ERC Politics Studentship in the space provided



UK/EU applicants are eligible to apply for the full 4 year fee waiver and stipend.

International applicants are eligible to apply for a full overseas fee waiver only (no stipend).