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Competition for scholarships is fierce so please follow the procedures outlined below to ensure your application is considered.

If you require any further clarification please contact our Postgraduate Admissions Officer Shelley Malekia (S.Malekia@kent.ac.uk)

For details of other scholarships available through the University of Kent please visit the Scholarships Office website and University Funding pages.

School 2014/15 Scholarships

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The Consequences of Austerity in Greece and Portugal: two PhD studentships in Social Anthropology - CLOSED

The deadline for this scholarship has now passed.

 

General Information

The School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent is offering two project-linked ESRC PhD scholarships to conduct anthropological research on the socioeconomic consequences of the financial crisis in Greece and Portugal. The students will be supervised by Professor João de Pina-Cabral and Dr Dimitrios Theodossopoulos and participate in a ESRC funded project, entitled: Household survival in crisis: austerity and relatedness in Greece and Portugal.

The studentships cover both fees and stipends, are part of the South East Doctoral Training centre and will commence in October 2014. The full studentship is open to UK nationals or EU nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK through the 3-year period preceding the start of the course (including for full-time education). Applicants should also have a Master's degree and training in Anthropology, understand and speak either Greek or Portuguese. One of the two successful candidates will conduct research in Greece, while the other will conduct research in Portugal.

For further information on the scheme, the application process and eligibility criteria, see the following sections.

Application deadline: Tuesday 20 May 2014.

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Scholarship Details

The two studentships will provide UK  and EU candidates that meet the residency criteria with tuition fees and a maintenance grant, to work full time on the project outlined below. Eligibility criteria include:

  • An MA degree and training in Anthropology
  • Fulfil the relevant academic entry and language requirements set by the University of Kent
  • Be fluent in either Greek or Portuguese
  • Be available to commence a full-time PhD degree programme in October 2014

The project
Household survival in crisis: austerity and relatedness in Greece and Portugal is a ESRC funded project that investigates family strategies of coping with the financial crisis and resulting austerity measures in Greece and Portugal. We assess the repercussions of the crisis as experienced at the family level and explore emerging household responses to the crisis, taking into account the dynamics of personal identity (and self-worth) that are involved in it. We employ anthropological methodology to access socially intimate spaces and bring to light valuable data about household budgeting, rearranged priorities, change in gender and generational relations, and economic cooperation between family members.

Our research objectives focus on investigating everyday adaptations to the crisis from a comparative perspective. In particular, we plan to:

  1. Assess the consequences of the economic crisis in Greece and Portugal as these are experienced at the level of the primary social unit (the household),
  2. Investigate how household economics adapt in response to austerity, for example in light of reduced salaries or business profits, increased taxation, and job scarcity,
  3. Compare the responses of crisis-afflicted households
    1. Between Greece and Portugal, and
    2. With previous household patterns in these regions, involving for example traditional authority structures, patterns of cooperation at the level of the broader family, and intra-household and extra-household sharing of assets between kinsfolk.

Following a qualitative approach that focuses on social change as experienced at the local level, we will collect information on:

  1. How households in Greece and Portugal are affected by the financial crisis, paying particular attention to household planning and size, old age care, childcare, children's education, independence from or reliance on parents/grandparents, and other emerging factors considered important for the households in question.
  2. What are the economic responses of particular households in their attempts to confront economic austerity (for example, sharing meals, accommodation, childcare), and how successful such strategies have been in the first years of the crisis,
  3. What is the relationship between current and previous (pre-crisis) household strategies, and how do these compare to culturally established expectations about extended family cooperation, local social values, and newly established networks of humanitarian aid (here, we are also concerned with investigating changes to authority patterns within the family),
  4. What are the similarities and differences between Greek and Portuguese household adaptations to economic austerity?

At a more theoretical level, the empirical study of the topics listed above will shed valuable light on:

  1. The interrelationship between household economics and kinship (as a set of culturally relevant patterns and values), and how this relationship can help us understand local social adaptations and solutions to austerity,
  2. The development of a theoretical framework in Economic Anthropology for explaining the responses to the contemporary financial crisis (for example, in terms of changes in familial structures of authority),
  3. The relevance of economic concepts (such as debt, austerity, credit, reciprocity) for understanding the local consequences and innovative responses to the crisis,
  4. The discrepancies between market rationality and the values that govern informal economic exchanges within and between households at the local level.
  5. Popular stereotypes about the crisis-afflicted population, with a view towards departing from the generalised (and orientalising) image of the 'lazy' Greek or Portuguese (treated as responsible for the crisis, or blamed for particular cultural dispositions).

 

The studentships
The studentships will contribute to the project by providing new data about household responses to the crisis in an urban neighbourhood in either Greece or Portugal. Doctoral students in anthropology are expected to conduct long-term fieldwork, which allows for the collection of in depth qualitative data. Thus, apart from adding to the comparative strength of the project, the studentship will also add a valuable qualitative perspective on the consequences of the crisis at the level of the household. This qualitative perspective will emerge from long-term engagement with families afflicted by the crisis.

The research topic of each studentship will focus on household responses to economic austerity in Greece or Portugal, contributing to the overall theme of the proposed project, yet without mirroring it. Whilst benefiting from the structure of the project, the student will have opportunities to develop independently additional crisis-related sub-topics that will emerge from fieldwork. The research methodology followed by the student will closely abide to the research and ethic framework provided by the project, which closely follows a social anthropological approach.

The research students funded by this project will be supervised by Dr Theodossopoulos and Professor Pina Cabral on the Social Anthropology +3 training pathway. The prospective students will participate in (a) seminars and training available to doctoral students (at the pre- and post- fieldwork stage), (b) events and training available by the Graduate School, and (c) training sessions and conferences organised by the Southeast DTC.


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Application Process

There is a two-stage application process:

Stage one

Potential applicants must first submit (a) a covering letter and (b) their CV to Shelley Malekia (S.Malekia@kent.ac.uk) by Tuesday 20 May 2014.

The covering letter should be no longer than two pages and outline their relevant qualifications or experience (e.g. previous studies in Anthropology, language proficiency, any relevant work or fieldwork experience). It should also address how the previous knowledge of the applicant in anthropological theory and methodology relates to the project’s objectives as outlined under scholarship details. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a Skype interview.

Stage two

The two successful candidates will formally apply to the University of Kent for admission to a PhD programme of studies. In addition, they will work with Professor João de Pina-Cabral and Dr Dimitrios Theodossopoulos to develop their DTC application form and finalised proposal.

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SEDTC: 2014 Open and Case Competitions - CLOSED

The deadline for this scholarship has now passed.

The CASE Competition is for SEDTC academics to apply with a collaborative project; the student is then recruited afterwards. The deadline for projects to be submitted will be Wednesday 27th November 2013. For more information please see:

http://www.southeastdtc.ac.uk/case/

The Open Competition is for students to apply directly. The deadline will be Wednesday 19th February 2014. For more information please see:

http://www.southeastdtc.ac.uk/apply/

Alumni Postgraduate Research Scholarship 2014 - CLOSED

The deadline for this scholarship has now passed.

This scholarship, for alumni of the University of Kent, was inaugurated in 1995 and has been awarded annually since. It is funded entirely through gifts from alumni and friends of the University. The scholarship is open to applicants from any subject; the successful applicant will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, achievements to date in their chosen field, their communication skills and their contribution to the life of the University community.

The successful applicant will be registered for a full-time research degree; the scholarship will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years. The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the home rate and a maintenance grant at the same rate as the UK Research Councils (£13,726 in 2013/14).

The successful applicant will be expected to act as 'ambassador' for the University and to assist with fundraising for future scholarships. This will involve attending alumni events (not more than two per year) and being featured in, or writing for, University publications such as KENT, the University of Kent magazine or the University internal Newsletter.

Application deadline: Monday 31 March 2014

Full details and further application information can be found on the scholarships website.

ESRC Scholarships awarded via the South East DTC - CLOSED

The deadline for this scholarship has now passed.

 

General Information

The South East Doctoral Training centre, accredited by the ESRC, unites four universities in providing outstanding social science postgraduate training in the South East. Kent, recognised as being a centre of excellence for research, has been successful in becoming one of these universities and the School of Anthropology and Conservation are looking for outstanding students to put forward in two pathways: Social Anthropology; plus Environment, Energy and Resilience. The DTC has fully funded ESRC PhD studentships to cover both fees and stipends. Please note: Only Home/EU students are eligible to apply for these studentships.

Application deadline: Friday 31st January 2014. Full details on how to apply are under the Application Details section.

NOTE: Students must have identified a potential supervisor and have their application and research proposal submitted to the University by this deadline (see notes in following sections).

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Scholarship Details

ESRC studentships provide UK candidates with tuition fees and a maintenance grant. Studentships are available to fund fees, a generous maintenance stipend and fieldwork (both in UK and overseas).

EU candidates are provided with tuition fees only.

(Note: UK/EU status relates to residency, the same as tuition fees)

The academic schools put forward candidates for consideration in the South-East ESRC DTC student competition under the pathways. Within the pathways, there is a selection of PhD programmes and routes which can be taken based on a candidate's previous experience and research interests. Candidates who have not previously undertaken a Master's degree are likely to be required to undertake a research training Master's degree prior to embarking on their PhD research (1+3 model).

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Application Process

This is a two-stage process. Potential applicants must first apply to the University of Kent for admission to the programme of their choice. To do this, students wishing to be considered need to have completed the full process outlined below by the closing date: Friday 31st January 2014:

  1. Approach potential supervisors within Anthropology or DICE, elaborating on your research plans and notifying your potential supervisor of their interest in an ESRC scholarship. Send a copy of your CV and research proposal (max. 10,000 characters) to your supervisor.
  2. For details of potential supervisors please see the staff profiles page.
  3. Once a member of staff has agreed to supervise you: all studentship applicants must apply through the University of Kent postgraduate admissions process, identifying on the application form the desire to compete for an ESRC scholarship.

If you are offered a PhD place at the University, you are then able to submit to the ESRC DTC scheme for funding. Interviews are expected to take place in early February.  Your supervisor will work with you on the development of your DTC application form and finalised proposal. The DTC forms can be found here. The deadline for submission to ESRC is the 19th February 2014. Please note: The DTC application forms are different to the online form you need to complete to actually apply to your programme of study.

Your application will then be entered into the ESRC DTC competition and successful applicants notified by May 2014.

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CHASE (AHRC) - CLOSED

The deadline for this scholarship has now passed.

Full AHRC funding for Home/EU students is available from the new Consortium for Humanities and the Arts in Southeast England – CHASE, of which Kent and six other institutions are members. There will be 75 AHRC-funded CHASE studentships available in 2014/15 across the entire consortium. Candidates will have to apply for a place on one of our PhD programmes as early as possible (ideally by 15th January 2014) and no later than 31 January 2014 to be considered for a CHASE studentship. You are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor as soon as possible and start working with them and the Director of Graduate Studies on your application.

The CHASE selection process has three stages.

Stage 1: All applications for PhD study received by the School before 31 January 2014 will be considered for submission to the CHASE selection process. All applications submitted by Friday 31st January 2014 will be considered for CHASE funding but applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible (ideally by 15th January 2014) in case any queries arise during the application process.

Stage 2: Candidates longlisted for the CHASE competition by the School will be interviewed by a Kent selection panel in February (dates to be advised). The exact format and timeline for the interview and the selection process are currently under review. Details will be published on this website as soon as they are available. After the interview, a Kent selection panel will take a decision on a final Kent shortlist of candidates for the overall CHASE competition involving all other institutions.

Stage 3: The final Kent shortlist will go forward to the CHASE selection panel which will be made up of members representing all seven CHASE partners. This panel will consider shortlisted candidates across the consortium. All candidates will be informed on 16 April 2014 about the outcome of their applications.

Further details, including the CHASE application form and a set of guidance notes on the application process (which will be made available to long-listed candidates only), will be available here shortly. In the meantime, click on the following link to find out more about CHASE (www.chase.ac.uk).

Eligibility

  • Home and EU candidates are eligible to make applications for AHRC awards
  • UK residents’ awards consist of fees and maintenance
  • EU residents’ awards are on a fees-only basis
  • Please see guidance on residency requirements outlined in the AHRC’s Student Funding Guide

Kent's 50th Anniversary Scholarships - CLOSED

The deadline for this scholarship has now passed.

 

General Information

The School of Anthropology and Conservation (including DICE) is offering a number of scholarships, including several University 50th Anniversary scholarships. These scholarships are open to all applicants for a PhD wishing to pursue research in the following fields: social anthropology, environmental anthropology, biological anthropology or biodiversity conservation. We also welcome strong applicants who wish to undertake interdisciplinary projects that bridge two or more of these areas of research and that capitalize on complementary supervisory expertise within the School. Successful applicants will be exceptional scholars who will be expected to engage positively within a thriving research community and act as ambassadors for the School and University.

 

Application deadline: 31 January 2014

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Scholarship Details

The Scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a maintenance grant. The maintenance grant will vary in amount, but the maximum may be the equivalent of that offered by the Research Councils. These scholarships will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years subject to satisfactory academic performance.

Teaching Commitments: The scholarship will require recipients to teach and administer seminars, attend the associated lecture, mark assignments and assist with field trips where appropriate. The total number of hours worked over the two twelve week teaching terms will not exceed the equivalent of six hours a week across an academic year (University Regulations). Scholarship students will also qualify for free tuition on the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education programme.

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Application Process

Candidates must hold a good BA/BSc and a Master's degree at distinction level (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants without a MA/MSc must have a first class honours BA/BSc (or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate relevant experience that is at least equivalent to Master's level training. The scholarship competition is open to all postgraduate research applicants from the UK and EU. In exceptional circumstances, candidates from outside the UK/EU will be considered providing they can submit evidence that they have secured funds from other sources to meet the fee differential at the time of application. The School will NOT be able to meet the fee differential for such students. The scholarship is competitive, and students wishing to be considered need to have completed the full process outlined below by the closing date: 31 January 2014

  1. Approach potential supervisors within Anthropology or DICE, elaborating on your research plans and notifying your potential supervisor of your interest in a 50th Anniversary scholarship.
  2. For details of potential supervisors please see the staff profiles page.
  3. Once a member of staff has agreed to supervise you, you must apply through the University of Kent postgraduate admissions process, identifying on the application form the desire to compete for a 50th Anniversary scholarship.
  4. You must ensure you have been accepted by the university (all conditions of an offer have been met) and accepted the offer by the closing date of 31 January 2014.
  5. Send a copy of your CV and research proposal (max. 2 sides of A4) to Shelley Malekia: S.Malekia@kent.ac.ukIf your project involves laboratory or field work you must additionally include a budget for these components and explain how these expenses will be met for the duration of the scholarship.

 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview in March-April. Successful applicants will be notified in June 2014.

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The Christine and Ian Bolt Scholarship 2014 - CLOSED

The deadline for 2014 has now passed. Details of this scholarship for 2015 will be published on this webpage when available

The Christine and Ian Bolt Scholarships were set up in memory of Christine Bolt, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Kent, and were generously funded by her late husband, Ian Bolt.

Successful applicants will be awarded up to £10,000 each (to include tuition fees) to support a sustained period of research in America for up to one year. In exceptional circumstances, the scholarship holders may be invited to re-apply for a further one year's funding.

Scholarships are aimed at full-time postgraduate students whose area of research has an American element and/or where the centre of expertise or an important source of research material is located in the United States of America.  

Preference will be given to students and to candidates who have not had the opportunity to live or study for an extended period of time in the USA.

Application deadline: Monday 31 March 2014

Full details and further application criteria can be found on the scholarships website.




Main University Scholarships

New university and external scholarships are being added regularly on the main university scholarship webpages. Further details of these and other funding opportunities can be found by clicking the links below or at the university scholarships page http://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships

2014 Summer School Scholarships (Paris or Brussels) - exclusively for Kent undergraduates

  • Inclusive of tuition, excursions, accommodation and travel from the UK.
  • Tuition in English.
  • Open to second and final year undergraduates only.

2014 Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

  • £2,000 for each year of study.
  • Applicants must have AAA at A level (or specified equivalent) and meet other criteria.
  • Open to applicants from any country.

Study Abroad Scholarships

  • £2,000 (pro-rata) during a year abroad (on courses with an approved year abroad).
  • Applicants must have 340 tariff points (from three A levels or equivalent) and meet other criteria.
  • Open to full-time applicants from UK and EU.

Chancellor's Scholarship for Trinidad and Tobago

  • £1,000 towards tuition fees for one year
  • Applicants must have accepted a place at Kent and must submit an essay and meet other criteria.
  • Open to those with a valid passport from Trinidad or Tobago.

Alumni Scholarship for students from mainland China and Hong Kong

  • £15,000 per year for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic progress.
  • Applicants must have Kent as their first choice University and must submit an essay and meet other criteria.
  • Open to permanent Hong Kong residents and those with a valid Peoples of the Republic of China passport.

International scholarships for undergraduate students

  • £5,000 per year up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic progress.
  • Applicants must have firmly accepted a place at Kent and must submit an essay and meet other criteria.
  • Open to overseas fee paying applicants from any country.

Templeman Scholarship - exclusively for Kent graduates

  • Offers tuition fees for one year.
  • Open to full-time Master's applicants who are Kent graduates.

Alumni Postgraduate Scholarship - exclusively for Kent graduates

  • Offers home-rate tuition fees plus maintenance award of approximately £13,500 per annum.
  • Open to full-time doctoral applicants who are Kent alumni

Graduate School Scholarship - exclusively for Kent graduates

  • £1,000 tuition fee reduction (£500 over two years for part-time students).
  • Open to 2014 Kent graduates who are registered at Kent 1 October 2014 for a self funded postgraduate degree programme.

Loyalty discount - exclusively for Kent graduates

  • 10% discount on the first year of postgraduate tuition fees.
  • Open to alumni, siblings/children of alumni, husband and wife studying together for further degrees.

Santander Scholarship

  • Open to eligible students from Iberian or Latin American countries.
  • Offers £5,000 (one year) towards a full-time taught or research Master's degree at the Universty of Kent.

The Dora Harvey Memorial Research Scholarship

  • Open to full-time UK, EU and overseas fee-paying applicants.
  • Covers tuition fees for a female Faculty of Social Sciences PhD student at the home/EU rate.

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Last Updated: 27/05/2014