PhD Opportunity: Women working in leadership positions in men’s professional football in England

We are pleased to promote a very exciting PhD opportunity on behalf of Football Collective member Dr Stacey Pope. The details of the PhD position: Women in a ‘Man’s World’: A Study of Women Working in Leadership Positions in Men’s Professional Football in England, are provided below and you can download the here.

Durham University PhD Studentship in Partnership with the National Football Museum

Qualification type:    PhD

Location:                    Durham University

Funding for:              UK students, EU students

Funding amount:     £14,296

Hours:                          Full time

Closes:                        18th May


Durham University and the National Football Museum are inviting applications for a three and a half year AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship, available from 1st October 2016. The organisation Women in Football will also work as a project partner on the studentship.


The Project

The project will be supervised by Dr. Stacey Pope and Professor Linda McKie at Durham University and Dr. Kevin Moore at the National Football Museum. A large body of research has examined women’s experiences of playing football, whilst less attention has been paid to the experiences of women in non-playing roles, including the experiences of women working in leadership positions in football. This research project focuses upon women who have challenged the traditionally male domain of football by working in senior roles in men’s professional football in England.


The study will focus on the experiences of women working in senior roles in men’s professional football since the formation of the Premier League in 1992. Particular attention will be paid to any changes over the past 25 years, details of the experiences of women working in senior roles, as well as barriers and stereotypes encountered. The research will draw on an interdisciplinary approach, combining history and sociology. The successful candidate will undertake oral history interviews with women working in senior roles in men’s football. They will also spend time undertaking archival research at the National Football Museum, with the archives underexplored in the context of leadership roles. In addition, funding is secured for a period of six months working at the museum, in close partnership with Women in Football, gaining valuable insight and experience of both organisations as well as disseminating and promoting the findings of the research.


The successful candidate will be based in the School of Applied Social Sciences, which is home to a vibrant multi-disciplined postgraduate research community and several active research groups. For further details visit:



Applicants are welcome from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including history, sociology, gender studies and sport studies, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the study.


Applicants must:

  • Have a first or upper-second class honours degree or equivalent.
  • Have completed a master’s level qualification or expect to have completed a relevant master’s degree by October 2016. It is expected this will be at merit or distinction level.
  • Evidence of strong research methods skills is also desirable.
  • Be a resident of the UK or European Economic Area (EEA).
  • In general, full studentships are available to students who are settled in the UK and have been ordinarily resident for a period of at least three years before the start of postgraduate studies. Fees-only awards are generally available to EU nationals resident in the EEA. International applicants are normally not eligible to apply for this studentship. See paragraphs 42-44 on pp. 12-13 of the RCUK Terms and Conditions for Research Council Training Grants for research council eligibility criteria:


How to apply

Applications should be made via the Durham University online application system – with funding entered as ‘Women in Football NMF’ program code L3A101. Supporting documents should be either uploaded with your application or emailed directly to . Selection will be based on application documents and interview. Enquiries regarding the application process should be forwarded to


Supporting Documents:

  • A 1,000 word statement outlining your interest and suitability for undertaking this research and how your prior education and experiences have equipped you to undertake the project.
  • A 3,000-5,000 word sample of previous written work.
  • Evidence of previous study – Transcripts and Certificates showing a first class or upper second class honours degree and a relevant master’s degree with merit or distinction (or evidence this will be achieved by October 2016).
  • References – letters of support from two academic sources.
  • CV (no more than 2 pages).
  • Evidence of competence in English if English is not your first language. Refer to website for further details and section on acceptable evidence of achievement.


Funding Amount

Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, the scholarships cover tuition fees and a grant (stipend) towards living expenses. The value of the stipend is £14,296 plus £550 additional stipend payment for Collaborative Doctoral students. For more information visit: In addition, the successful candidate will receive up to £1,000 a year from the National Football Museum towards research expenses. The student will also be able to apply for additional funding from the School of Applied Social Sciences for conference attendance and other related expenses, should the need arise.


Closing Date: Wednesday 18th May, 17.00 (London time)

Interview Date: Mid-June

Subject Area(s): Social Sciences and Social Care; Sociology; Other Social Sciences; Historical and Philosophical Studies; History; Cultural Studies; Sport and Leisure; Business and Management Studies

Location(s) North East of England

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