Are you interested in studying for a doctorate (DPhil) in a migration-related subject? Do you have a good first degree in a relevant social science subject? Are you a Home or EU student?

If so, have you considered applying for one of Oxford’s ESRC Migration Studies pathway competition Studentships?

Applications are invited for entry in October 2019. The closing date for applications is the January 2019 deadline specified for the degree you are applying for.  This is 25 January 2019 for the MSc MS, MSc RFMS and most other degrees. But note that some programmes close earlier than this. Please check the relevant course pages on the Oxford University website to be sure that you do not miss the final application deadline of your chosen degree.

There are two routes you can take:

  • 1+3: you can apply for one of our two eligible taught masters (the or the ) and then for the DPhil*; or

  • +3: (if you already have an ESRC-accredited masters in a relevant subject) directly into a DPhil on a migration-related topic.


    *The Migration Studies Studentships are not intended for taught master’s degrees on their own. To apply you must be planning to undertake a doctorate. Please also note that successful upgrading to the doctoral programme is subject to approval by the relevant department’s DPhil Admissions Committee, and is based on your performance in the MSc.

    The studentships cover the cost of fees for four years (on the 1+3 route) or three years (on the +3 route). Depending on your fee status, an annual stipend may also be payable.

    The ESRC awarded Oxford the Migration Studies Studentships in recognition of our research strength in interdisciplinary migration studies, and the two taught masters are offered by Anthropology and International Development (the MSc in Migration Studies) and International Development (the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies) respectively. Students on the 1+3 pathway may progress from one of these masters to doctorates in International Development, Anthropology, Politics and International Relations, Geography, Law, Sociology, Economics or another appropriate department.

    Details on the application process will be published online imminently.