Global Challenges PhD Research Scholarship in UK 2021 (Funded)

The University of Kent invites applications for the Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) research scholarships, starting in the academic year 2021-2022.

The GCDC scholarship is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund and the university and is dedicated to funding, supporting, and connecting doctoral students who are undertaking challenge-led research related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals that address economic and social challenges in developing countries.

The scholarship competition is open to all new postgraduate research applicants, in any discipline. They particularly welcome applications from the UK domiciled Black African, Afro-Caribbean, and Asian communities as these groups are underrepresented in academia. The GCRF has identified three principal challenges that research projects should address:

  • Equitable access to sustainable development;
  • Sustainable economies and societies; and
  • Human rights, good governance, and social justice.
Duration: 4 years

The scholarship includes:

  • An annual stipend for 3.5 years
  • Annual tuition fees for 3.5 years
  • Specialized interdisciplinary GCDC cohort training activities
  • A Research Training Support Grant of £1,500 per year.
  • The scholarship is open to applicants from all nationalities.
  • Applicants must hold a good Honours degree (First or 2:1) or a Master’s Degree (at Merit or Distinction) in a relevant, appropriate subject, or the equivalent from an internationally recognized institution.
  • The non-native speakers of English must reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree.
  • All will actively engage with the Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) and participate in the Centre’s training and events throughout the duration of their PhD.
Application Process

Interested students should suggest their own research projects. However, they are recommended to contact the supervisor/s they have in mind to discuss their research proposal well ahead of completing a formal application.

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When applying, students should follow the University of Kent’s standard online application process which includes the following:

  • provide other personal information and supporting documentation
  • explain reasons for study/outline research proposal;
  • provide two academic references;
  • provide details/evidence of qualifications.
Deadline: January 18, 202

For more information visit the official site.

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