ESRC CASE Studentship with Plan International - Capturing forgotten voices: Syrian adolescents's experiences of displacement and humanitarian action in Jordan and Lebanon

Type of award


Principal investigator

Supervisors: Dr Antoine Burgard (Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester), Dr Birte Vogel (Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester), and Anita Queirazza (Plan International)

Managing department

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures


Full tuition fees

A living stipend of approximately £15,000 pounds a year.

Up to £9,000 pounds research allowance over the three years for research and travel costs associated with the project.

Specified use

Tuition fees and living expenses

Tenable period

3 years (subject to satisfactory progress)

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

There is 1 studentship available

Funding provider

This award is internal.

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

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
  • Part-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

  • Humanitarianism and Conflict Response

Academic requirements

Undergraduate honours degree at first or upper second-class level (or international equivalent

Suitable master's degree at upper Merit level or above (or international equivalent), or appropriate progress towards it, in Humanitarian Studies; Development Studies, International Relations or any related discipline

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Other eligibility criteria

The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria:

  • Willingness and ability to conduct research abroad in the case countries;

  • Work and/or research experience in child protection;

  • Proficiency in Arabic;

  • Knowledge of forced displacement and humanitarian aid in the Middle East;

  • Experience in conducting interviews, focus group discussion, and participant observation or willingness to engage in additional research training.

Application procedure

Applicants should email the following to by Monday 2 2 March 5pm GMT:

An academic CV (maximum four pages), including two named referees (one of whom should be your most recent academic tutor/supervisor);

  • A copy of your first degree and Master's degree transcripts (or anticipated grade if masters is on-going);

  • A letter of application (maximum two pages) outlining your suitability for the CASE studentship and how you would anticipate approaching the research;

  • An academic writing sample.

    Please note, the successful candidate will be required to submit an online application for a place on the PhD in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response programme based on the project brief before the end of April, with the support of the supervisors.

Application form

Closing date

22 Mar 2021

5pm 22 March 2021

Decision date

April 2021

Additional information

This studentship aims to capture the voices of young refugees and to help integrate them into humanitarian programming through collaboration with Plan International, a key international actor in child protection. Refugee adolescents are one of the most vulnerable age groups in situations of conflict and displacement. Yet, adolescents, especially female, are often overlooked in humanitarian programming and academic literature.

What are the key challenges faced by refugee adolescents during conflict-related displacement?

What specific provisions do national and international organisations offer to this age group, in particular with a view on protection, and how do they relate to their actual needs?

How do adolescents experience the process of receiving assistance from the humanitarian community?

How do services provided to adolescents change their lives and communities?


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