Funder deadline: 29th March 2018

Head of Department statement: 26th March 2018

Faculty 1st draft review: 12th March 2018

Faculty expression of interest: 5th March 2018

A Doctoral Studentship is usually for three years, although we consider requests to undertake PhDs on a part-time basis (eg if someone has family commitments or intends to keep up another career for sufficient hours to maintain a professional accreditation). 

Support includes:

  1. a studentship stipend
  2.  approved tuition fees, according to the rate charged by the training organisation
  3. a contribution of up to £5,000 towards the costs of attending academic meetings and conferences, including registration fees
  4. research expenses necessary for the successful and safe completion of the research project, including the cost of overseas fieldwork. You will need to justify your research expenses. You can ask for:
  •  travel and subsistence
  •  overseas allowances 
  •  flexible Funding Allowance
  •  inflation allowance
  •  other costs 

Who can apply
You can apply for a Doctoral Studentship if you want to complete a period of research leading to a PhD in any humanities or social science area.

You must have been accepted onto a PhD programme with an eligible host organisation in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country.

You can be of any nationality. You should usually hold, or expect to hold, a relevant Master's degree or have equivalent experience.

Who can't apply
You can't apply if:

you've received support for your doctoral studies from another funding body 
you’ve already started your doctoral studies.
If you've previously been unsuccessful with a full application for this scheme, please contact us before you apply again.

What we're looking for
We will assess:

the significance and originality of your proposed research
the suitability and relevance of your approach to your research topic
the suitability of the host organisation and department for your research and for developing your career
your track record, eg assessed work during your Master’s course.
We encourage you to check that your application is competitive by discussing your project with:

Research office
The research office at your host organisation should be able to advise you on:

how to structure your application, including the budget 
what information is needed to support your proposal 
how much time the authorised organisational approver needs to approve your application after you submit it. 

Contact Elizabeth and Karen as early as possible in the application process:

More information here