Funded PhD opportunities

The development of methodologies for mainstreaming a violence against women and girls lens inside evaluations of international social development programmes.

  • Application end date: 22nd January 2018
  • Funding Availability: Funded PhD project (UK students only)
  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • PhD Supervisor: Dr Tamsin Bradley, Professor Leila Choukroune, Kate Conroy


ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) funded. Project code: MLAS4240118

Project in brief 

This project will be located within two live and ongoing evaluations of complex international development programmes. The research will focus on how and where greater sensitivity to issues of violence against women and girls might be introduced within programmes not necessarily solely concerned with this issue. The project will look to develop a mainstreaming VAWG lens and evidence gather the impact such a lens might have on achieving a reduction in instances of VAWG. This project will need to test new approaches across a number of complex contexts and programmes including humanitarian crises and conflict ridden countries. 

Specific Research Questions

  • In what ways might a Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) lens support increased sensitivity to this issue across sectors (regardless of how central a gender aim is)?
  • What types of data collection tools will work best to collect the insights needed to support the mainstreaming of a VAWG lens?
  • What might be the impact of embedding a VAWG lens across sectors and how can it (if it occurs) be measured and evidenced?
  • How might a mainstreaming VAWG lens further the aims of sustainability goal 5 (Promoting Gender Equality, Indicator 5.2 focuses on reducing all forms of VAWG). 

Supervisor profiles

Dr Tamsin Bradley – Dr Tamsin Bradley Profile

Professor Leila Choukroune - Professor Leila Choukroune Profile

Kate Conroy - Kate Conroy Profile

Admissions criteria

You’ll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (depending upon chosen course, minimum second class or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0. 

For all funding, students must have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first or upper second-class level, from a UK academic higher education institution. Degree qualifications gained from outside the UK, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience that is equivalent to a relevant UK degree, may be accepted.

Before you apply, please make sure you meet the candidate specification.

Candidates do not need to submit a project proposal, however are required to submit a 500 word personal statement to include: 

  • Details of how your skills and interests match the project
  • Background and previous experience
  • Research interests

If you need to discuss this project and your application further then please contact a member of the supervision team as listed below, in advance of the deadline dates:

Dr Tamsin Bradley –

Professor Leila Choukroune -

Kate Conroy -

There are two stages to the application process 

(1) The first application form you need to complete is for your chosen programme of study at the University of Portsmouth. 

Apply to the University of Portsmouth through our standard online application form and follow the instructions given under the ’Research Degrees’ heading on the following webpages before you submit your SCDTP application: 

When applying to the University of Portsmouth, you will need to enter project code - 


The closing date for University of Portsmouth applications is 22 January 2018, 11.59 pm. 

(2) The second application form which requires completion is the South Coast DTP Funding Application Form. There are two versions of this form which can be downloaded. In accordance with the SCDTP guidance, please ensure you use the correct form (in this case the ’South Coast DTP Project Specific Application Form’). 

The ’South Coast DTP Project Specific Application Form’, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at: 

You will then need to submit your funding application to the SCDTP by 31 January 2018, 11.59 pm. 

For more detailed information about the project, please see the university webpage: 


Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to Dr Tamsin Bradley at or 023 9284 6143, Professor Leila Choukroune at or 023 9284 4840, or Kate Conroy at

For administrative and admissions enquiries please contact

How to Apply

You can apply online at  You are required to create an account which gives you the flexibility to save the form, log out and return to it at any time convenient to you.

A link to the online application form and comprehensive guidance notes can be found at

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