The ‘Disability Under Siege’ GRCF Network Plus is a 4-year interdisciplinary programme (April 2020 – April 2024), which aims to provide the intellectual, financial and logistical resources required to deliver a transformational step change in education provision for children with disabilities in conflict-affected states. 15% of the world’s population – 1 billion people - experience some form of disability, with the prevalence even higher in lower- and middle-income countries exacerbated by poverty and conflict (LMIC) (World Bank, 2018). The programme is focusing on Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, aiming to address the challenge that 95% of children with disabilities are excluded from school.
Disability is a contested concept, and how it is understood in the various domains of health sciences, law, religion and culture underpins education policy and practice. In addition, the role of arts and humanities have a significant potential for constructing new contextualised knowledge on disability working through visual and narrative forms.
This fully-funded School of Education studentship is a unique opportunity for a highly-motivated and self-driven individual to collaborate with experienced researchers across Schools at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, Birzeit University, Palestine, Islamic University of Gaza, and the Centre for Lebanese Studies at the Lebanese American University’s School of Education on a funded PhD.
Applicants should have:
• an excellent Honours degree (at least 2.1) in social sciences or humanistic social sciences.
• an excellent MA degree in a relevant subject in the social sciences or humanistic social sciences, including education, psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology or international development.
• Social science research training.
• Interdisciplinary research experience.
• Work or volunteering experience internationally.
• Interest in inclusion and/or disability.
• Interest in social change.
• Interest in arts, literature, performance, pop culture.
• Arabic language.
To apply, please complete the University’s online application form. Please submit a cover letter outlining your interest in applying for this PhD studentship, a CV, two references (at least 1 academic), and a 2-page research proposal in the area of disability, conflict and education in the Middle East region. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview. Informal enquiries about the research prior to application can also be directed to Dr. Dina Kiwan.
The successful candidate will have full tuition fees paid at either Home student or International student rate, including a living stipend. In addition, the candidate will be provided with research training, language training, and funding for travel to two conferences or training workshops/year.