Studentship for the Leverhulme Trust project "Urbanisation and population ageing: Interdisciplinary perspectives on ageing in place in cities"

Type of award


Managing department

School of Social Sciences


Full UK tuition fees, a maintenance stipend, a training allowance up to £4,500 per PhD student, and specialist course fees.

Specified use

Tenable period

3 years full-time  

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available


Funding provider

This award is internal.

School of Social Sciences

Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

  • Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available in all subject areas across the University.

Academic requirements

Applicants are expected to have a First Class or Upper Second Class Bachelor Honors UK degree and/or a Master¿s degree (minimum merit, with a minimum overall average of 65%, including 65% in dissertation and no mark below 55%) in sociology, anthropology, political sciences, geography, urban studies or any other closely related subject.

Nationality restrictions

Other eligibility criteria

Experience, knowledge about, or strong interest in ageing and age-friendly issues and urban developments

Excellent analytical, oral and writing skills

Skills in both quantitative and qualitative research methods

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrating an ability to deal with a wide range of people and stakeholder groups

Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

Creative, outcome-focused and a sense of initiative

Willingness to conduct cross-national research and travel internationally

Desirable attributes

An understanding of empirical research relating to ageing in cities, as well as the theoretical underpinnings of that research and associated age-friendly policy developments

Proficiency in any of the following languages will be considered an advantage: French, Spanish, Japanese, Norwegian, Czech 


Application procedure

The successful candidate will be required to submit a full University of Manchester PhD in Sociology application to fulfil admissions requirements. In addition to the materials requested as part of the regular admissions process, candidates  must submit a letter (max 3 pages) outlining : (1) their interest in the research topic of the project; (2) previous relevant research or work experience; (3) links between their PhD proposal and the main research agenda of the project; and (4) their overall suitability for the studentship within the framework of the project. 

 Further details on eligibility and on the application procedure are available here .


Application form

Closing date

05 Feb 2021

Friday, 5 th February 2021

Potential applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are welcome to contact Dr Tine Buffel on for more information ahead of the official closing date.  

Please include " Leverhulme Research Grant: PhD Studentship" in the subject line of your enquiry email.   

Decision date

March/April 2021

Contact details for enquiries