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PhD Studentships

Eligibility: UK/EU/International

Deadline: Applications for PhD Studentships starting October 2019 are now closed.


UEA Studentships

Social Sciences Graduate School Research PhD Studentships are offered to prospective candidates for the academic year 2019/20.

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 £14,777 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, but you should indicate the intention to be considered for an open studentship under the Postgraduate Studentships Scheme. Please contact either Dr 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 2019. Terms and conditions apply.

ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

Applications for 2019/20 entry for full and part-time +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters and PhD) ESRC funded studentships are now open. Deadline: Closed.


As a member of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), a social sciences focused research and doctoral training partnership (DTP) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UEA will be offering fully-funded full and part-time doctoral studentships over the next four years across 12 different training pathways.


Studentships include payment of UK/EU fees and, subject to meeting ESRC residency requirements, a tax-free maintenance stipend (currently £14,777 per year). EU students will normally only be eligible for a fees-only award.  Part-time studentship awards are paid pro-rata.  

The studentships will be awarded for a period of either three years for those with an ESRC-recognised research training qualification or equivalent (+3) or four years (1+3) for those without.


The following programmes in the School of International Development have been approved by SeNSS for 1+3 (Masters and PhD) study:


·         MRes Social Science Research Methods (International Development subject specialism)

·         MA Gender Analysis in International Development

·         MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development

·         MA Media and International Development

·         MA International Social Development

For further information about the ESRC SeNSS consortium please visit

For queries related to ESRC SeNSS studentships at UEA please contact the PGR service via




University of Copenhagen and UEA PhD Studentship on resources and politics

The Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen and the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia advertise one 3-year PhD scholarships/Postgraduate Research Studentships in the field of resources and politics, focusing on the relationship between them.

We invite project proposals that research topics in environmental resource governance in developing countries and the global South.

We expect proposals to contain plans for original empirical research involving a significant element of fieldwork-based data collection. Proposals may focus on different topics related to resources, including one of the following themes: local politics, property including resource tenure and rights, commodification, environmental conflict, local knowledge, citizenship, governance and justice, and in, different sectors – like forestry, mining, water or agriculture. We expect applicants to have a background in the fields of anthropology, development studies, economics, human geography, political science, or a closely related discipline.

The successful candidate will be co-supervised by staff at the Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen and the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia. Successful completion of the programme will lead to the award of PhD degrees by both institutions. The studentship holders will be expected to share their time between the two universities, spending a minimum of 18 months at UEA.

Applications are invited from candidates with excellent academic qualifications. Candidates should hold a minimum of a 2.1 degree and preferably a Master’s degree (taught or research) or equivalent. Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of competence in the English Language. Relevant work experience may replace important additional qualifications. Full guidelines are available on our How to Apply page.

Applications should be submitted in English to the University of East Anglia via our Applications page. Applications are required to include a research proposal of 2000 words, which develops the idea, contextualizes it within relevant literature, and identifies the approach and methods for the empirical work.

Applications must be submitted by 31 May 2019. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

For any further questions about the studentship, please contact Pieter Serneels,  or Jens Friis Lund,

Person specification: Master’s degree (taught or research) or equivalent

Funding notes: This co-financed award offers a combination of UEA studentship and PhD stipend at the University of Copenhagen. UEA Studentships cover tuition fees, a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £15,009 per year), and a research training support grant (£750 per year). The PhD stipend at the University of Copenhagen offers a 12-month's taxable salary (~322,642 DKK). 


Type of programme: PhD

Closes: 31/05/2019

Start Date: 01/10/2019

The mode of study: Full time

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