A core objective of the Centre is to provide a vibrant and supportive environment for students to carry out cutting-edge PhD research in Comparative Politics broadly defined.
Find out more about the CIPB, the areas of politics we specialise in, and our research environment.
Learn more about research sub-fields covered by the CIPB.
We welcome applications from students interested in conducting theory-driven empirical PhD research focusing on any aspect of political institutions and behaviour, comparing individuals, regions, or countries in any part of the world. We particularly encourage those students to contact us who are eager to learn and apply formal theory and/or quantitative methods to substantively interesting problems.
Interested in PhD Study With Us?
If you are interested in studying for a PhD with supervision from members of the Centre of Institutions and Political Behavior at Durham University we encourage you to apply to the School of Government and International Affairs. Before doing so, however, we suggest you first do the following:
Important: The application deadline for most funding opportunities are in January each year and developing a competitive dissertation proposal with your prospective supervisor takes time. Therefore, we strongly recommend that candidates contact us as soon as possible, preferably in early November.