The Leverhulme Trust Programme consists of an interdisciplinary seminar for Leverhulme scholarship students together with a small group of other doctoral students from across the School with funding from other sources who are also working in the area of inequalities.
Much research on inequality over recent years has pointed to the need for interdisciplinary work. While the study of inequality was originally dominated by economics, it is now more clearly understood how deeply rooted is inequality (in all its multiple dimensions) in embedded social practices and institutions.
This brings in disciplines from economics, political science and political economy, to sociology, anthropology, law, philosophy and psychology, as well as sensitivity to history and culture. Hence, the overarching aim of the programme is to increase our understanding of the mechanisms that link the economic dimensions of inequality with their social, cultural and political dimensions at the global level.
In the first year of the programme for the 2016-17 cohort there will be a fortnightly core interdisciplinary seminar. There will be 10 of these through the academic year.
In Michaelmas Term the seminar will combine informal teaching and discussion. The intention is to cover the main methodological approaches to the study of inequality, while discussing how they should be seen from an interdisciplinary perspective.
In the Lent Term, the seminars will be based on student presentation and discussion of their future ideas. The broad assumption throughout the seminars is that neither teaching nor presentations should be technical, in part because we want the cohort where necessary to develop competences in explaining technical ideas in non-technical language.
These seminars will take place on Tuesdays at 12-2pm in the PhD Academy, alternating with the III’s regular seminar in the same slot. The first session will take place on Tuesday 3rd of October.
In the remaining years of the programme (so in the 2017-18 academic year for the 2016 and 2015 cohorts), we will have monthly meetings in the PhD Academy. These will take the form of presentation and discussion of on-going research by the students in the cohort, followed by informal discussion and ‘refreshment’.
How to apply
Applications for the 2017-18 Leverhulme Programme cohort have now closed. Applications for the 2018-2019 cohort will open in September 2018.
Candidates will be asked to write an application of no more than one page explaining how their plans for doctoral studies link to the concerns of the Leverhulme Programme.
Candidates will need to obtain the support of their supervisors who need to write no more than two sentences of support.
Please note that becoming part of this cohort means that you continue to be based in your home Departments - it entails that in addition to all normal Departmental expectations you have the opportunity of Cross-Departmental support and engagement.
Read about current doctoral students participating in the programme here.