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Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC)


Indentifying solutions to global challenges through research



The University of Kent has established a Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) dedicated to doctoral research addressing the challenges of economic development and well-being faced by developing countries on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.


Call for Applications 2019-2020


The first four GCDC-funded doctoral students started their studies in the academic year 2018-2019, and we are delighted to be able to offer eight GCDC doctoral scholarships (3.5 years) starting in the academic year 2019-2020 (from September 2019).

GCDC scholars will receive the following:

  • An annual stipend at UKRI rates (TBC, but this was £14,777 for 2018/19)
  • Annual tuition fees at UKRI Home/EU rates (£4,260 for 2018/19)
  • A minimum Research Training Support Grant of £3,500 (over the whole 3.5 years)
  • Specialised interdisciplinary GCDC cohort training activities


Four scholarships are project-led and four are student-led; the student-led projects can be based in any school or centre. The deadline for student applications is Sunday, 20 January 2019 at midnight. Please view the full GCDC Call for applications for more information.

Please direct queries regarding the GCDC to the Graduate School in the first instance:


Current Student Cohort



About the GCRF


The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Kent has been extremely successful in attracting GCRF funding. It was one of only two universities nationally to have both of its proposals funded in the first RCUK Collective Fund round (2016), with projects led by Professor Elena Korosteleva, School of Politics and International Relations (GCRF COMPASS project on capacity-building in Belarus, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan & Tajikistan) and Professor Colin Robinson, School of Biosciences (GCRF project on the establishment of biopharmaceutical and animal vaccine production capacity in Thailand and SE Asia).

The GCDC will become the nucleus of Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) PhD training activities at Kent. It will be a virtual and physical “location” where we can discuss and undertake research to find solutions to global challenges. Plans are in place to host an interdisciplinary PhD training school on the theme of global challenges in the summer of 2019 that will be open to international applicants (with travel grant support).


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Last Updated: 15/02/2019