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PhD Studentships

Eligibility: UK/EU/International

Deadline: 20 January 2019


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: Sunday 20 January 2019.


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



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