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Seeking PhD Candidate for 3 year Bridge Project

The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling in Scotland is seeking a potential PhD candidate for the first ever doctoral research project on bridge. This three year, fully-funded PhD studentship offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of a new, innovative academic field: the Sociology of Bridge.

The available funding covers PhD fees for 3 years, plus living expenses of £14,777 per year (just over $20,000) and a fieldwork allowance. Students of any nationality are able to apply (although fees are higher for non-EU students): ideally they will have a masters, or a very good undergraduate degree, preferably within the social sciences or a related discipline. Some bridge knowledge is desirable, but by no means essential.

The success of this doctoral project will lie in finding an excellent PhD candidate so we need your help in spreading the word as much as possible amongst Masters and undergraduate students (or those who are thinking of returning to academic study). The results of this research studentship will be beneficial to the wider bridge community, providing insights into why people play, as well as what helps and hinders their learning. The findings will also be used to create resources to promote the mind sport to different age groups and to ensure that those who play are enabled to get as much from the game as possible.

For further information and application details see: date for applications 22 June - advert also on

The long-term goals of this sociological bridge research are to raise awareness about the opportunities bridge offers to prospective players, to attract wider interest in the game which may hopefully lead to increasing the numbers of players and to challenge stereotypical assumptions about bridge. Feedback or suggestions of themes to focus on are much appreciated. Please also retweet or share my Facebook posts about this so we can reach a global pool of potential applicants.

Funding (over £60K in total) is provided by the partnership of EBED (English Bridge Education and Development), UK and Irish Bridge Unions and the University of Stirling, Scotland. Further queries can be addressed to Prof. Samantha Punch, (please also contact Sam if you would like an electronic copy of the advert to circulate amongst your networks). Many thanks!

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