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PhD Studentships

School of International Development

Eligibility: UK/EU/International


Application Deadline: 20 January 2020


UEA Studentships


Social Sciences Graduate School Research PhD Studentships are offered to prospective candidates for the academic year 2020/21.

The Studentships will be available under the Scheme to applicants who, in their research proposal, can clearly demonstrate academic excellence in areas relevant to the strategic interests of the School of International Development.

Please see our International Development Research Areas and Academic Profiles for more details, and for the research interests of individual members of staff.

The Studentships cover tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £15,099 per year), and a research training support grant. International students are welcome to apply; a small number of studentships will be available to cover full international fees.

Applications for all studentships are invited from suitably qualified graduates. Candidates applying for a PhD studentships should hold, or expect to hold, relevant undergraduate and Master’s degrees (or equivalent) including some research experience. Candidates applying for a 1+3 studentship should hold or expect to hold a relevant undergraduate degree. Candidates will be interviewed, usually via telephone or Skype, as part of the selection process. EU and International applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in the English Language.

To be considered for this award, you should make an application for admission to a PhD in the normal manner at   but you should indicate the intention to be considered for an open studentship under the Postgraduate Studentships Scheme. Please contact either Prof Pieter Serneels or your potential supervisor to discuss any specific queries about your proposal or application. For more general enquiries, or for questions about the application process, please contact the UEA PGR Office:


Telephone: +44 (0)1603 591709

Please follow this link to access the online application form and guidance notes.


UEA Alumni 10% Scholarships

A scholarship of a 10% fee reduction is available to UEA Alumni looking to return for postgraduate study at UEA in September 2020. Terms and conditions apply.

ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

Applications for 2020/21 entry for full and part-time +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters and PhD) ESRC funded studentships are now open. Deadline: Midday 20 January 2020

The University of East Anglia invites applications for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded postgraduate studentship awards for the 2020-21 academic year. As a member of the ESRC-funded South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), UEA will be offering fully-funded postgraduate studentships over six years, and across 12 different training pathways.

Applications for 2020/21 are now being accepted. Please visit the UEA SeNSS web pages for further information.

For queries related to SeNSS funding, please contact the Postgraduate Research Service at For academic enquiries relating to the Development Studies pathway within SeNSS, please email Prof Laura Camfield; for the Human Geography pathway, Dr Gareth Edwards; and for the Social Anthropology pathway, Dr Ben Jones.  



More information on scholarships and funding

Information for International students

Information for Home/EU Masters students

SeNNS DTP studentships



MRes Social Science Research Methods



UEA Alumni Scholarship