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Scholarships

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, Katie Watson (sacadmissions@kent.ac.uk). For details of other scholarships available through the University of Kent please visit the Scholarships Office website and University Funding pages.

Details of scholarships for 2015 will be published on this webpage and regularly updated when available.

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NERC DTP (EnvEast DTP) Studentships - For postgraduate research applicants, deadline 07/01/2015

The following studentship is available at Kent for 2015:

Measuring the effects of supplementary-feeding on trajectory of threatened populations

Supervisor: Dr Jim Groombridge, DICE. Further details of the project and full instructions on how to apply are available here.

The deadline for an application to be submitted through the University of Kent postgraduate admissions process is 7 January 2015. Applicants should contact Dr Groombridge ahead of the deadline, and also identify on your application the desire to compete for the NERC DTP studentship.

The University of Kent is proud to be part of the Environment East Doctoral Training Partnership (EnvEast DTP) which has received funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to support 60 PhD students over five years. As one of 15 new Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK, EnvEast will enrol its second cohort of students in October 2015.

The EnvEast DTP provides training in three key themes of international significance:

1. Climate, Marine and Atmospheric Systems
2. Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development
3. Natural Hazards

The partnership draws together relevant expertise from a complementary set of research organisations to train scientists capable of making outstanding contributions to their discipline and able to apply their knowledge to the challenges facing the UK economy, the quality of life for its citizens, and the state of the global environment.

The second EnvEast NERC studentship competition is now open for entry in October 2015 and the following projects at the University of Kent have been shortlisted for funding by the Doctoral Training Partnership. The deadline for applications is 7th January 2015 although early application is strongly advised.

EnvEast is a collaboration between the Universities of East Anglia, Kent and Essex and 9 other core partners. Further information about this NERC Doctoral Training Partnership is available at: www.uea.ac.uk/science/graduate-school/home/prospective-students/enveast-nerc-doctoral-training-partnership

CHASE (AHRC) Studentships - For postgraduate research applicants, deadline 14/01/2015

 

General Information

The University of Kent is proud to be part of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) which was awarded a £17million Doctoral Training Partnership by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in October 2013. Our partners include The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, and Sussex. CHASE is one of only 11 UK AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and the partners have committed an additional £10million in studentship funding which allow CHASE to support over 375 PhD students in the arts and humanities across the partner institutions over five years. CHASE will offer students a wide range of exciting opportunities to gain professional experience, work across institutions and disciplines, and acquire advanced research skills. Further information is available at: www.chase.ac.uk.

New students wishing to be considered for these scholarships must apply for a PhD place at the University of Kent by 14th January 2015 at the latest. Applicants are advised to discuss their research project with academic members of staff in the relevant schools as soon as possible. Any current PhD students wishing to be considered for AHRC funding should contact their School Director of Graduate Studies (with responsibility for research programmes) to advise them of this as soon as possible or by 14th January 2015 at the very latest. CHASE will fund up to 75 doctoral studentships for admission in 2015.

Application deadline: 14th January 2015. Full details on how to apply are under the Application Process 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).

Staff are particularly interested to hear from students with the following areas of interest:

Biological Anthroplogy

  • Mortality change and the nature of selection in recent populations; evolutionary demography and life history theory. Dr Oskar Burger
  • 'Histological analysis of juvenile hard tissue' to explore 'primate life history' or 'bioarchaeology'. Dr Patrick Mahoney
  • “Behavioural ecology of social foraging in chimpanzees”. Dr Nicholas Newton-Fisher
  • Do isotope ratios vary in bone collagen affected by pathology &/or disease?  Dr Geraldine Fahy
  • Human sexual behaviour, evolutionary anthropology, reproductive timing, life history theory, and evolutionary psychology. Dr Sarah Johns
  • Human and primate evolution, dental anthropology, skeletal biology, functional morphology, hominin systematics. Dr Matthew Skinner

Socio-cultural Anthropology

  • Spiritual ecology, migration and diaspora and the connections between human health and the environment. Dr Anna Waldstein
  • Amazonia and Lowland South America, indigenous urbanisation, placemaking, gender, kinship and the informal economy as well as those interested in conducting research on organisations and financial markets. Dr Daniela Peluso
  • Tonga, mental illness, efficacy, collaborative media, visual research methodologies, contact improvisation, intentional communities. Dr Mike Poltorak
  • Ethnic and National Identity, Political Violence, Middle East/Mediterranean Basin, Inter-communal relations, shrines, holy sites and pilgrimages, and psychoanalysis and anthropology. Dr Glenn Bowman
  • Work and labour, class, criminality, corruption, urban anthropology and economy. Dr Andrew Sanchez

Conservation Biology

  • Landscape ecology, land use change, nature conservation policy and governance, drivers of environmental change. Dr Joseph Tzanopoulos

Scholarship Details

  • 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 Training Grant Guide at: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Postgraduate-funding/Pages/Current-award-holders.aspx.

A student who has already commenced doctoral study may apply for funding for the remainder of their study, providing that, at the start of the AHRC award, they will have at least 50% of their period of study remaining.

Application Process

Stage 1: All applications for PhD study received by relevant schools by 14th January 2015 will be considered for submission to the CHASE selection process. Please indicate on the application form that you would like to be considered for AHRC funding. All applications submitted by 14th January 2015 will be considered for CHASE funding.

Stage 2: Candidates long listed for the CHASE competition by relevant Schools will be invited to complete a CHASE application form* by 2nd February 2015 and attend an interview with Kent Selection Panels on 9th or 10th February 2015. After the interviews, the panels will take a decision on a final Kent shortlist of candidates for the overall CHASE competition involving all other partner institutions.

Stage 3: The final Kent shortlist will go forward at the beginning of March to the CHASE selection panels 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 by 15th April 2015 about the outcome of their applications.

* Please note that access to the CHASE application form will only be made available to long listed candidates.

 

ESRC Scholarships awarded via the South East DTC - For postgraduate research applicants, deadline 31/01/2015

 

General Information

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

Application deadline: 31st January 2015. Full details on how to apply are under the Application Process section. The ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide for accredited doctoral training centres can be found here – potential applicants are advised to study this carefully.

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

Staff are particularly interested to hear from students with the following areas of interest:

Biological Anthroplogy

  • Mortality change and the nature of selection in recent populations; evolutionary demography and life history theory. Dr Oskar Burger
  • 'Histological analysis of juvenile hard tissue' to explore 'primate life history' or 'bioarchaeology'. Dr Patrick Mahoney
  • “Behavioural ecology of social foraging in chimpanzees”. Dr Nicholas Newton-Fisher
  • Do isotope ratios vary in bone collagen affected by pathology &/or disease?  Dr Geraldine Fahy
  • Human sexual behaviour, evolutionary anthropology, reproductive timing, life history theory, and evolutionary psychology. Dr Sarah Johns
  • Human and primate evolution, dental anthropology, skeletal biology, functional morphology, hominin systematics. Dr Matthew Skinner

Socio-cultural Anthropology

  • Spiritual ecology, migration and diaspora and the connections between human health and the environment. Dr Anna Waldstein
  • Amazonia and Lowland South America, indigenous urbanisation, placemaking, gender, kinship and the informal economy as well as those interested in conducting research on organisations and financial markets. Dr Daniela Peluso
  • Tonga, mental illness, efficacy, collaborative media, visual research methodologies, contact improvisation, intentional communities. Dr Mike Poltorak
  • Ethnic and National Identity, Political Violence, Middle East/Mediterranean Basin, Inter-communal relations, shrines, holy sites and pilgrimages, and psychoanalysis and anthropology. Dr Glenn Bowman
  • Work and labour, class, criminality, corruption, urban anthropology and economy. Dr Andrew Sanchez

Conservation Biology

  • Landscape ecology, land use change, nature conservation policy and governance, drivers of environmental change. Dr Joseph Tzanopoulos
  • We are looking for a student interested in understanding how: (i) people relate to garden wildlife; (ii) observing wildlife mortality may influence people’s psychological well-being; and (iii) we can increase people’s engagement in wildlife disease monitoring and mitigation programmes through citizen science initiatives. Dr. Zoe Davies (SAC) in collaboration with Dr. Becki Lawson and Prof. Andrew Cunningham (Institute of Zoology, CASE partner)

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).

NOTE: EU candidates are provided with tuition fees only. UK/EU status is determined by residence.

Full details of the ESRC’s residential criteria can be found in Annex I of the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide for accredited doctoral training centres, available here. Potential candidates are advised to study this carefully.

The School of Anthropology and Conservation puts forward candidates for consideration in the South-East ESRC DTC student competition under TWO pathways: Anthropology; and Environment, Energy and Resilience. Within the pathways, there is a selection of PhD programmes and routes that can be taken, based on a candidate's research interests and previous experience. 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 studentship model). Candidates with a suitable Master’s degree are eligible to begin their PhD research (+3 studentship model).

Application Process

This is a two-part process. 1) Potential applicants must first apply to the University of Kent for admission to the programme of their choice. Deadline: 31 January 2015. 2) Applicants must complete a separate application for an ESRC Studentship, and submit this to the School of Anthropology and Conservation. Deadline: 4pm, 2 February 2015. The University guarantees that all eligible applications submitted by 31 January 2015 will be given equal consideration for ESRC studentships.

1) Application Process for the PhD Programme at Kent:

    1. Approach potential supervisors within Anthropology or DICE, elaborating on your research plans and notifying your potential supervisor of your 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.

Please note that applicants seeking ESRC funding are strongly advised to approach the University in November or December, and if accepted for PhD study, to begin working with their proposed supervisor as soon as possible. We also strongly recommend that all applicants submit their online application to Kent by 16th January 2015, so there is adequate time for the School to advise on completion of ESRC DTC application forms.

2) Application Process for ESRC Studentships:

If you are offered a PhD place at the University, you are then able to submit to the ESRC DTC scheme for funding. This is a competitive process, and the School expects to hold interviews in early February. Your supervisor will work with you on the development of your DTC application form and finalised proposal. The DTC application forms and guidance notes can be found here. The deadline for submission to the ESRC studentships competition is 4pm on 2 February 2015. Please note: The ESRC DTC application forms are different to the online form that you need to complete to apply to your programme of study at the University of Kent.

If your interview with the School is successful, your application will be entered into the ESRC DTC competition. Successful DTC applicants will be notified by the end of March 2015.

Important notice:
There is only a very short period (2 days which is also over the weekend) between the deadline for applying to the University of Kent (step 1: deadline 31/01/15) and the deadline for applying to ESRC (step 2: 02/02/15). Therefore we strongly recommend that all applicants submit their online application to Kent by 16th January 2015 (step 1), so there is adequate time for the School to advise on completion of ESRC DTC application forms (step 2).

 

Kent's 50th Anniversary Scholarships - For postgraduate research applicants, deadline 31/01/2015

 

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 2015. Full details on how to apply are under the Application Process 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).

Staff are particularly interested to hear from students with the following areas of interest:

Biological Anthroplogy

  • Mortality change and the nature of selection in recent populations; evolutionary demography and life history theory. Dr Oskar Burger
  • 'Histological analysis of juvenile hard tissue' to explore 'primate life history' or 'bioarchaeology'. Dr Patrick Mahoney
  • “Behavioural ecology of social foraging in chimpanzees”. Dr Nicholas Newton-Fisher
  • Do isotope ratios vary in bone collagen affected by pathology &/or disease?  Dr Geraldine Fahy
  • Human sexual behaviour, evolutionary anthropology, reproductive timing, life history theory, and evolutionary psychology. Dr Sarah Johns
  • Human and primate evolution, dental anthropology, skeletal biology, functional morphology, hominin systematics. Dr Matthew Skinner

Socio-cultural Anthropology

  • Spiritual ecology, migration and diaspora and the connections between human health and the environment. Dr Anna Waldstein
  • Amazonia and Lowland South America, indigenous urbanisation, placemaking, gender, kinship and the informal economy as well as those interested in conducting research on organisations and financial markets. Dr Daniela Peluso
  • Tonga, mental illness, efficacy, collaborative media, visual research methodologies, contact improvisation, intentional communities. Dr Mike Poltorak
  • Ethnic and National Identity, Political Violence, Middle East/Mediterranean Basin, Inter-communal relations, shrines, holy sites and pilgrimages, and psychoanalysis and anthropology. Dr Glenn Bowman
  • Work and labour, class, criminality, corruption, urban anthropology and economy. Dr Andrew Sanchez

Conservation Biology

  • Landscape ecology, land use change, nature conservation policy and governance, drivers of environmental change. Dr Joseph Tzanopoulos

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. 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 2015

  1. Approach potential supervisors within the School, 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
  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 2015.
  5. Send a copy of your CV and research proposal (max. 2 sides of A4) to Katie Watson: sacadmissions@kent.ac.uk If 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 2015. If you have not heard from us by the end of June then your application has been unsuccessful.

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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.

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