Category Archives: Training/Education

Applications now accepted for UMass Child and Family program

Study children, families and schools in beautiful New England!

Applications are now being sought for Doctoral, EdS and MEd programs.
Application deadline: January 15, 2015
 Funding available.

The Children, Families and Schools Concentration in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst College of Education is now accepting applications for graduate study in the areas of human development, child and family and early schooling. Located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, we are surrounded by both ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and picturesque vistas, as well as the bustling, high-energy urban landscapes of Northampton, Holyoke and Springfield.

The Children, Families, and Schools (CFS) graduate program is designed to address the growing concern for meeting the educational and developmental needs of children across the varied settings in which learning and development occur. Our program of study addresses the philosophical, historical, social, and cultural foundations of childhood, with a focus on families, learning and development.  It offers future researchers and practitioners an excellent foundation in child development, childhood studies, and learning, and examines how these relate to educational practice from birth through the early childhood and elementary school years.

To learn more about our program of study, faculty research profiles, program blog and other information, please visit our webpage:

Our multidisciplinary program offers a range of graduate study opportunities for professionals at all stages of their careers. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2015 entering doctoral and master’s cohorts; Funding is available on a competitive basis for qualified applicants.

Questions? Please contact Concentration Coordinator, Professor Sally Campbell Galman, at

Two vacancies for doctoral researchers

In the framework of an interdisciplinary research project on child labour and working children’s rights, financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Centre for Children’s Rights Studies of the University of Geneva (which starts on 1 January 2015) is seeking to recruit two persons who are motivated to work as PhD researcher in the field of children’s rights studies. The project’s major focus is on how opinions of working children on their rights circulate in the space between local and international understandings of children’s rights. Two complementary empirical studies will be undertaken by two PhD researchers.

  1. The first study is about the opinions of working children and their organizations, and implies field work with working children in Senegal and in other West African countries. To conduct this study, we are looking to recruit a person who is motivated to complete a doctoral thesis in anthropology/sociology. Additional information as well as requirements for this position and details about the application procedure can be found via the Employment webpages of the University of Geneva (announcement in French and English).

  2. The second study concerns the discourses around claims made by working children to recognize their right to work in dignity, and involves a detailed analysis of policy and legal documents on child labour. To conduct this study, we are looking to recruit a person who is motivated to complete a doctoral thesis in law. Additional information as well as requirements for this position and details about the application procedure can be found via the Employment webpages of the University of Geneva: (announcement in French and English).


Ph.D. & MA in Childhood Studies at Rutgers

Applications now being sought for Ph.D. and MA programs. Ph.D. application deadline: January 5, 2015. Funding available.

The Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey USA, opened its doors in September 2007 as the first Ph.D. granting program in Childhood Studies in North America. In addition to the Ph.D., the multidisciplinary program offers BA and MA degrees. Graduate students in the program come from a variety of backgrounds and bring with them an impressive array of educational and life experience. The Masters of Art program continues to grow and produce new and innovative leaders in their field.

With three new full-time faculty joining the Department in Fall 2014, the program is poised to bring innovation and growth to the already vibrant department and field of childhood studies.

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2015 entering doctoral class; applications for the Masters of Arts program are accepted year-round. Deadline for applications for doctoral study is January 5, 2014Funding is available on a competitive basis for qualified applicants. Visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Photo of Playing children in Mongolia.

PhD Project in Children’s Geographies University of Otago

Applications are invited from potential applicants with an interest in the topic:  Children, families and belonging in an urbanising world commencing in 2014 

Supervisors: Dr Christina Ergler & Associate Professor Claire Freeman (Department of Geography, University of Otago, New Zealand)

We are seeking a student willing to embark on a PhD and interested in working on a mixed-methods project on ‘Place attachment and social connection in urbanising societies’. Whilst place attachment is an area that is of established interest to geographers the role of children in forging place attachment for families is less well understood (Weller & Bruegel, 2009, Gordon, 2012).  Continue reading

Paid PhD studentship on youth and aspiration

Oxford Brookes University
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Education

To mark its 150th Anniversary, Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a number of full-time PhD Studentships across a range of subject areas in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, starting in January 2015. Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in Urban Futures:  Aspiration, Inequality and Transitions to Adulthood among Young People in London and New York City. Continue reading