All applicants (unless applying through the alternative route) will possess:

  • Bachelors and masters degrees in social sciences or law. If you possess a licentiate or equivalent please contact the consortium to ensure that it is an eligible qualification. If your qualifications are in other subjects (such as the humanities) and you believe you should be considered for the DCGC, please contact the consortium. Applicants who finish their masters degree in good time before the start of the programme will be eligible to apply provided they contact the consortium in advance.
  • Proficiency in English to the required level

All applicants will submit:

  • DCGC Application Cover Sheet
  • Research Proposal (2000 words)
  • Letter of motivation/purpose (500 words)
  • Curriculum vitae (using the prescribed format)
  • Names of two referees that can attest to your academic ability and standing
  • Degree certificates and transcripts
  • Other documentation (see here)

Applicants must submit by the application deadline the following documentation (click on headings to see the content):


This cover sheet will ask you for your personal details, your main places of residence in the past five years (required to check your eligibility in case you are applying for an Erasmus Mundus Fellowship), and for your suggested mobility pathway. You should indicate one alternative to your preferred pathway in which at least one of your chosen universities is a different institution.
Please take particular care to give us your accurate contact details for the interview date (Skype name and phone number including international dialling code from the UK).

In this proposal you should set out as precisely and clearly as possible the research you propose to undertake on the DCGC programme. Supported by a focused review of the relevant literature, you should clearly state your main research question(s), justifying originality and critical relevance, and give a brief outline of your proposed methodology. The maximum length of this proposal is 2000 words (excluding bibliography and an abstract of max. 300 words), and we don’t expect proposals to be significantly shorter than this.
The Research Proposal should be within the research themes of the DCGC. Applicants who have innovative proposals which are not clearly inside the research themes but within the spirit of the DCGC will also be considered, though they should ensure that we have the supervisory capacity. If applicants are in any doubt, then they should seek advice from the consortium.
Find further guidance on the shape of the Research Proposal here.

In this letter you should try to explain why you want to study in the DCGC and what you expect from the programme. There may be all kinds of reasons why you are interested in this doctorate – personal, academic, or otherwise – and the assessors will have no preconceptions about the ideal career path of a DCGC candidate. Every case will be assessed on its own merits, so please tell us in your own words what motivated you to put in an application for this programme – but make sure you use around 500 words. Do not repeat there information that is already to be found in your CV. You should include in this letter a justification of your choice of mobility (i.e. the two co-supervising universities), so make sure you also consult the individual research profiles of the four degree-awarding institutions.

Your CV should be in the recommended European format and include all relevant information about your previous education and work experience. If you have any additional relevant documents, such as a list of publications, then you should include them as an annex to the CV.

These includes copies of bachelor’s degree certificate and master’s degree certificate(s), the final grades of which are ranked in the highest or second highest category in the national classification. If the degree certificates are not in English, then they must be accompanied by certified translations.
The bachelor’s and master’s degrees must be either in an appropriate social science or in law. Appropriate social science degrees will be relevant to the research themes, training elements and supervisory expertise of the DCGC; they will include criminology, sociology, social policy, anthropology, cultural studies, media studies, politics and international relations. If applicants do not possess degrees in these areas, then it is their responsibility to seek guidance from the consortium on whether their degree(s) is/are appropriate.
Applicants who are in the process of undertaking postgraduate studies in the required subject area must demonstrate clearly that they will finish and the results be known in good time prior to the commencement of the DCGC programme. It is recommended that applicants in this position submit confirmation of this requirement signed by the postgraduate programme director.
Applicants who do not possess the requisite Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees may consider an Alternative Route application (see below).

We will require these transcripts with a clear indication of your grades and degree classification for all courses in both the Bachelor’s and the Master’s degrees. Please give us as much information as possible on your past academic experience to enable us to compare your record fairly with that of other candidates. If your transcripts are in a language other than English, you are required to submit certified translations.

We will require the names of two referees who will attest to your academic standing and potential. It is your responsibility as an applicant to ensure that your referees respond promptly to requests for a reference.

Please hand in a copy of your passport and/or identity card.

You will be asked for all these documents during the electronic application process, so make sure you have them available in a form that can be uploaded onto the web.

All candidates will also be expected to indicate that they have understood, and are committed to, the integrated mobility. Please also remember that Erasmus Mundus guidelines state that candidates are not allowed to apply to more than three different EMJDs in any one round.

Entry criteria and eligibility

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Applications will be judged ineligible if they

  • do not meet basic entry criteria (see above) and/or
  • are insufficiently complete and/or
  • do not address the research themes of the programme.

If, by the deadline for applications, applicants do not supply the Selection Committee with sufficient documentation to fulfil the basic entry criteria, their applications are liable to be judged ineligible.

The eligibility decision is confirmed by the Selection Committee and is final. Ineligible applicants will be informed of the decision.

Alternative Route applications

Because the DCGC programme is committed to a life-long learning culture and a diversity of access, applicants who (a) submit excellent research proposals and (b) can demonstrate appropriate alternative learning and experience of an equivalent level will be considered on the basis of a detailed portfolio.

The Alternative Route applicant will submit a special portfolio which gives details of experience and alternative learning equivalent to the conventional Higher Education route expected as an entry requirement to the DCGC programme. In this portfolio such applicants will be expected to demonstrate that they have the same intellectual capacity and associated skills to undertake the DCGC doctoral programme as conventional route applicants. All Alternative Route applicants must contact the DCGC consortium well in advance of the submission date in order to discuss their eligibility and to confirm the kind of portfolio the Selection Committee will expect. Alternative Route applicants must receive written confirmation from the consortium in advance of the application deadline that their application will be considered. Any applicants who do not possess the required Higher Education qualifications, but who have not contacted the DCGC consortium in sufficient time prior to the application deadline in order to be considered and confirmed as Alternative Route candidates, will be regarded as ineligible.

Alternative Route applications will be evaluated by the Selection Committee in the same way, will go through the same nine-step process described above, and will be in fair competition with applications following the conventional route.

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