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

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

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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

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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. 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: 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

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Last Updated: 02/10/2014