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The School of Anthropology and Conservation has 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.

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 on our central scholarships page.

School 2016/17 Scholarships

The deadline for School scholarship applications has now passed but please check this page regularly for news and updates on our funding opportunities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.


The Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarships - PhD Studentship 2016 entry - Deadline 31st January 2016

About the Scholarships

Kent has established 100 doctoral scholarships to be awarded annually. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential. Scholarships will be offered at the standard UK Research Councils’ rate and administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme, further details of which can be found at:

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 by the deadline date of the 20th July 2016
  • In addition, candidates must send a copy of their research proposal (2 sides of A4 not including references) and CV to Katie Watson at by the same deadline
  • Interviews will be held via Skype in the week beginning Monday 25th July

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 to Katie Watson at 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.


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