PhD Studentship in Ethical Monotheism, Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

Applications are invited for this three-year fully funded PhD scholarship in the Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, to begin in October 2015.  The scholarship is part of a wider project on Ethical Monotheism and is intended for a student who will explore the ethical formation of young people within monotheistic communities in a pluralistic urban setting. The project will respond to the emergent rhetoric pathologizing how minority religious traditions educate their younger members to negotiate the diversity of British society, making an important empirical contribution to the understanding of the ethical teachings of monotheistic religions in Britain.

Whilst the exact parameters of the study are open to discussion between the PhD student and her/his supervisors (one of whom will be Professor Stephen Frosh), it is expected that the student will carry out an empirical study with Christian, Muslim and / or Jewish congregations exploring institutionally supported educational activities geared towards younger members. The study will most likely utilise both ethnographic observation and interviews. The focus will be on developing an intensive understanding of the communication and negotiation of ethical and political values derived from the main monotheistic religions in the lives of these young people.

The student will have a background in a relevant discipline in the social sciences, such as psychosocial studies, social psychology, sociology or anthropology. An interest in psychosocial studies would be an advantage and a good knowledge of qualitative research methods is essential.

Please contact Professor Stephen Frosh ( for an informal discussion and further information. To apply, please complete the Department’s PhD application form on Please mark your application clearly ‘Dangoor Scholarship’.