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 The Patrick Stewart / Refuge Scholarship:


 24 October 2009 | visits 940

University of Huddersfield 

for the Study of Children and Domestic Violence

University of Huddersfield

Patrick Stewart, the Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, is a Patron of Refuge, the national charity supporting women and children who are victims of domestic violence and this scholarship is the result of a unique partnership between the two organisations (further information about Refuge can be found on:

The Patrick Stewart/Refuge Research Scholarship will provide funding for a 3 year full-time doctoral study in the area of children and domestic violence. The Scholarship is offered by the School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield and the successful applicant will be located within the Centre for Applied Childhood Studies.

The Scholarship will provide a fee waiver (for 3 years) and annual bursary of £12-13K and is available from April  2010. The successful applicant may reside anywhere in the UK but will be expected to attend the University for training and meetings as required (note: all travel and accommodation costs must be met by the student). The scholarship-holder will be subject to an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check. The supervisory team will be led by Dr Sue Peckover and will include other academic/Refuge staff appropriate to the successful candidate's research topic.

Application Process

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates who have an interest in pursuing applied research into domestic violence in the UK. Applicants are required to submit a brief proposal together with an application form for PhD study (this can be downloaded from:

Selection will be based on the application form, the research proposal and an interview.

The research proposal should be approximately 2000 words in length and should detail the topic area and research design. It is expected that the proposed study will make a significant contribution to extending domestic violence policy or practice in the UK. The proposal should:

  • i. Identify the specific gap in knowledge the study hopes to address
  • ii. Demonstrate that the topic is researchable (i.e. can be completed within three years and that the scope and methods are appropriate)
  • iii. Show how the study will advance policy or practice for children and young people in the UK.

The Centre for Applied Childhood Studies works closely with the Centres for Health and Social Care Research and Applied Criminology. Cross-disciplinary proposals which build on existing research expertise into domestic violence across Research Centres are welcome however the central focus of the study should be on children. Further information about the Research Centres in the School of Human and Health Sciences is available at:

Applications should be sent electronically to: Alison Holmes: 

For further information please contact Dr Sue Peckover:

For further information about Refuge please go to   Charity no. 277424

The closing date for applications is Monday 16th November 2009. 

Interviews will be held Thursday 3rd December 2009.

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