- UK/EU/International: UK and EU
- Type of project: Funding schemes
- Funding type: School or faculty
- Value: A full fee scholarship and contribution of £12,000 towards maintenance for new UK/EU research students undertaking full-time (3 year) or part-time (5 years) PhD study in the School of Politics and International Studies. Please note: This is a competitive studentship. The successful applicant will be selected from one of our project areas (see below for details).
- Deadline: 1 May 2019
We warmly welcome applicants within this area, however, this is a competitive studentship that will be awarded based on academic excellence and the successful applicant will be selected from one of the following areas listed below:
- No one left behind, period: Understanding and addressing menstrual stigma
- Empowering Citizens to Influence Climate Change Policy
- Global Britain, International Identity, Development aid and Foreign Policy in a Post-Brexit World
- Or, a self-proposed project within the school (Postgraduate Research Excellence Scholarship)
Conditions of the award
- It is not open to individuals who are already holding another award which covers the payment of tuition fees in full or part.
- It is not open to individuals who have already been awarded a doctoral degree or equivalent.
- Receipt of the scholarship is conditional upon you commencing your period of study by registering no later than 1st October in the academic year for which the award is offered.
- Scholarships cannot be deferred to a later year.
- Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this Scholarship.
There has been a growing recognition that poor menstrual health negatively affects development outcomes for adolescent girls, in turn undermining the commitment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ‘leave no one behind’ and slowing progress towards achieving SDGs 3-6,8 and 10. Tackling menstruation-related challenges demands interdisciplinary efforts, cutting across the sciences (water, sanitation and health or “WASH”) and social sciences (education, gender studies).
The proposed PhD studentship, in collaboration with Irise International, will build an interdisciplinary and comparative understanding of how menstrual stigma impacts on vulnerable adolescent girls in low- and high-income contexts, and what policy makers and programmers can do to address this. Irise’s recent research and evaluation (2017) concluded that negative social norms associated with menstruation prevent girls from taking full advantage of menstrual hygiene management education and product provision.
Evidence is also emerging of how menstrual stigma affects adolescent girls in developed country contexts, as detailed in a recent Plan International UK report (Tingle and Vora 2018). There is a need to stimulate a dialogue about menstrual hygiene management and ‘period poverty’ globally, building an understanding of menstrual health and hygiene (MHH)-related deprivation as not merely a function of material poverty, but a manifestation of intersectional inequalities. This will enable policy makers and practitioners to respond effectively to this neglected global challenge.
Key research questions
The candidate will help to shape the research but we expect the project to be guided by the following key questions:
- Why does menstrual stigma persist and how is it affecting vulnerable adolescent girls’ self-esteem, self-efficacy and well-being in the UK and Uganda?
- Why and how do gendered social norms validate and perpetuate menstrual stigma and its effects in the UK and Uganda?
- What approaches can policy makers and programmers take to addressing negative menstrual related social norms that support vulnerable adolescent girls’ agency and empowerment?
Candidates should hold a 2:1 first degree or equivalent and a merit of higher Masters degree (or expected grade if not yet completed).
How to apply
You will also need to have submitted a PHD application to the School identifying this pre-defined project title and provided full supporting documentation: transcripts and degree certificates, two references and (in lieu of a research proposal) a short supporting statement of 1-2 pages addressing your reasons for applying for this project, your suitability for the project and how you would respond to the research questions as set out in the project description.
You can apply for a PHD at https://studentservices.leeds.ac.uk/pls/banprod/bwskalog_uol.P_DispLoginNon
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+44 (0)113 343 8056