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The School of Anthropology and Conservation have a proven track record of being awarded scholarships from the major
Research Councils. 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 ( For details of other scholarships available through the University of Kent please visit the Scholarships Office website and University Funding pages.

School 2015/16 Scholarships

50th Anniversary Scholarships - PhD Studentship January 2016 entry - Deadline 2nd December 2015

About the 50th Anniversary Scholarships

Two 50th Anniversary Scholarships have now become available in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Students must apply by the 2nd December 2015 and be available to start in January 2016.

Selection Criteria

  • Candidates must hold a good Honours degree (First or 2i) or a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent. 
  • The scholarship competition is open to all new postgraduate research applicants.
  • Current Kent research students are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply. Please note that overseas students must have the appropriate documentation to evidence eligibility to work in the UK. Further information can be found at:

Application Process

  • Candidates must submit a formal application for postgraduate study at the University through the online application form
  • In addition, candidates must send a copy of their research proposal and CV to by the deadline of 2nd December 2015


School 2016/17 Scholarships

NERC EnvEast Doctoral Training Programme - PhD Studentship 2016 entry - Deadline 6th January 2016

The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent is pleased to have two projects shortlisted for funding by the Env East DTP.

The projects:

About the EnvEast Doctoral Training Programme

The EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) was created in November 2013 with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It draws together expertise from three universities and ten research centres of national and international importance. Led by the University of East Anglia's world-renowned School of Environmental Sciences, the partnership aims to address some of the grand challenges facing contemporary society by providing excellent multidisciplinary training to a new generation of science and business leaders working in the broad field of environmental science.

The EnvEast NERC DTP will offer over 60 fully funded PhD studentships over five student cohorts, starting in autumn 2014. EnvEast PhD research projects are grouped around three key themes of international significance, but we also offer projects and training in other important areas of NERC's scientific remit

Scholarship Details

Successful candidates who meet RCUK’s eligibility criteria will be awarded a NERC studentship. In most cases, UK and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for 3 years are eligible for a full award. In 2015/16, the stipend was £14,057.

Application Process

It is strongly advised that prior to application you check your eiligibility for Research Council funding (pg 12 onwards) and also make contact with the lead supervisor to discuss your application.

Interested applicants need to apply to study the PhD in Biodiversity Management at the University of Kent. When completing your online application please upload a copy of your CV (3 sides of A4 maximum) and a 1 page (A4, 12pt) cover letter to explain your interest in the project and why you should be considered for submission to the NERC EnvEast competition.

Applications need to be submitted by: 23:59 on 6th January 2016

Following initial interviews at Kent, shortlisted applicants will be invited to a full EnvEast interview day on the 17th/18th February 2016. If you have not heard from us by this date then unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful.

South East ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) - PhD Studentship 2016 entry - Deadline 31st January 2016

About the South East DTC

The South-East ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) is a centre of excellence in social science postgraduate research training and is a partnership between the Universities of Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway and Surrey.The South East DTC is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and draws on a rich variety of collaborations in research and in research training across the partner institutions and benefits from advanced training links to other HEIs in the region.

PhD studentships will be available across the consortium for students commencing their studies in the 2016-17 academic year. The scholarships are divided into ten subject pathways and students who meet the eligabilty criteria can apply for consideration under that pathway. 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. From the School of Anthropology and Conservation the following pathways can be considered:

  • Social Anthropology Pathway: visual anthropology, computer-intensive methods in anthropology, ethnobotany, medical anthropology, anthropology of tourism
  • Environment, Energy and Resilience Pathway: biodiversity conservation/land-use, climate change, food security, sustainability, environmental life cycle analysis, environmental disaster management

Scholarship Details

South East DTC funding is only available to Home or EU students who satisfy the research eligibility criteria (see Funding Guide below). EU students who have not been resident in the UK for the 3 years preceding the award will be entitled to a Fees Only award. More guidance on residency requirements and eligibility can be found in the ESRC's Postgraduate Funding Guide.

Funding levels for the 2015-16 academic year are as follows:

  • Stipend - £14,057 per annum
  • Fees - £4,052 per annum
  • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) - £750 per annum

Application Process

Applicants must complete the following steps when applying for the SE DTC scholarship:

  • Approach an academic member of staff from the School to discuss your proposal and request supervision. Please visit our staff profiles page for more details
  • Once you have secured a supervisor, work with them on your proposal and application
  • Submit an application for your chosen programme of study through the University's online application form before the deadline of Sunday 31st January 2016 (this should include two academic references, transcripts and certificates from your previous qualifications and a detailed research proposal).
  • Submit your SE DTC application form including two academic references and the equal opportunities form no later than 16.00 on Tuesday 2nd February 2016

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed during the week beginning Monday 8th February 2016. Following initial interviews, successful applicants will be put forward for consideration by the SE DTC Selection Panel. If you have not heard from us by Monday 22nd February 2016 then unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful.

More details about the application process can be found on the SE DTC website.

Department for International Development (DFID) - Taught Master's Scholarship 2016 entry - Deadline 16th March 2016

About the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship was set up by the Department for International Development (DFID) in 1986 and represents a unique partnership between the UK government and universities. The aim of the scheme is to assist students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the UK. The scholarship allows the successful candidates to benefit from postgraduate study at a university in the UK which will then help them to contribute towards the development of their home countries.

The award covers tuition fees, return airfares and living costs for a one-year taught Master's programme.

Selection Criteria

Candidates must be able to certify in writing that the meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • A national of one of the countries listed at and not at present living or studying in a developed country
  • Hold an undergraduate degree at the equivalent of a UK first class honours
  • Committed to the University of Kent and have not applied to several other institutions who are also nominating them for an award
  • Have not previously studied for one year or more in a developed country
  • Are themselves, or through their families, unable to pay to study in the UK
  • Will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete. In some circumstances a student may be permitted to remain in the UK if seeking doctoral study and they satisfy certain strict conditions
  • Hold an unconditional offer by the deadline for a full-time postgraduate taught degree on one of the following courses at The University of Kent:
      • Conservation and Tourism MSc
      • Conservation and International Wildlife Trade MSc

For full details about the DFID scholarship, and further information regarding eligibility please see:

Application Process

To be considered for the DFID Scholarship you must complete the following three steps:-

  1. Make a formal application for a postgraduate degree at the University of Kent for 2016-17. This can be done through the online application form.
  2. Send an email to the Scholarships Unit at by midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 16 March 2016. The email must include the following information:-
  • Subject Line: DFID Application 2016
  • Your full name
  • Your University of Kent postgraduate application number
  • Personal statement of between 300 and 500 words stating the reasons why you wish to apply for this scholarship, including confirmation of your eligibility
  • Full curriculum vitae
  1. Complete the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) electronic application (EAS). This can be done online at

Your application will not be considered unless you have met all of the eligibility criteria and have completed the steps above by the deadline of midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 16 March 2016.

Further scholarship opportunities will be made available between October and December 2015.

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Main University 2016/17 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:


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