Postgraduate Research Opportunity

ESRC project linked studentship - Local immigrant integration


Title: Local immigration integration

Funding: Home/EU fees and a stipend of £14,777 per year (including an AQM enhancement of £3,250 for each PhD year)

Application deadline: 17 February 2020

Start date: 1 October 2020

Based in: Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)


The consequences of immigration for British society has become a central point of political controversy and scholarly interest. As evidenced by the recent reviews and consultations commissioned by the government, there is a high level of concern about the perceived lack of social mixing, residential isolation, and counterproductive cultural practices of immigrants and their descendants, as well as more general ethnic disparities and inequalities. Yet despite the fact that most quantitative research on this topic is conducted at the national level, much of the policy and practice of integration operates at the level of individual neighbourhoods, schools and communities.

We are advertising a PhD studentship for research which aims to understand community level variation in immigrant integration by exploiting immigrant oversamples or boosts, and the new availability of administrative data sources, which enable quantitative analysis of immigrant integration at the subnational level. This doctoral researcher will study immigrant integration among the foreign-born and/or the second and subsequent generations, examining community as well as individual- and family-level determinants of integration. Example pathways/questions might be the role of local and school characteristics on inter-ethnic friendship formation, developing a typology of localities based on the intergenerational transmission patterns within immigrant families, or examining how local variation in minority political representation influences the development of political interest and alignment among the foreign born and their children. 


  • This studentship is offered as either a 1+3 (masters plus 3 year PhD) or a +3 award (PhD only) in Applied Social and Economic Research / Sociology, based in ISER, for Home/EU students
  • It may be taken full-time or part-time


  • The studentship award covers your university fees, and provides you with a stipend of £14,777 per year (including an AQM enhancement of £3,250 for each PhD year
  • You will also be able to apply for small amounts of additional funding via the Research Training Support Grant

How to apply 

You will need to apply for a place on the ISER PhD in Applied Social and Economic Research by 20 January 2020 and will need to apply for this studentship directly to Renee Luthra by 17 February 2020.

You will be expected to start on or about 1 October 2020.