Jump to body content.
Find a Scholarship

School of Economics Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship

Successful candidates will be awarded an annual tuition fee waiver £4,327 (2019-20 rate) at the Home/EU rate and a competitive maintenance stipend of £15,009 per annum (2019-20 rate).

The School of Economics will be awarding a number of doctoral scholarships for outstanding students who will begin their PhD study in the School in September 2019.

The Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship is offered in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, whereby PhD students receive financial support in return for a limited amount of teaching (up to six hours per week) across the Autumn and Spring terms.

In standard form, these are scholarships funded by the University of Kent over a three-year period. However, in order to attract the very best research students, the School of Economics has agreed to continue this funding for the additional fourth year of our research programme.


  • Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential, and will have obtained a good undergraduate honours degree (a First or good 2i), and ordinarily a Master’s degree with Merit or Distinction.

  • The scholarship competition is open to all new School of Economics postgraduate research applicants applying for September 2019 (current Kent research students are not eligible for these scholarships). We accept candidates in any area of economics, but we encourage applicants to take a look at the School's research specialisms in order to identify a potential area in which you are interested in working.

  • 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: www.kent.ac.uk/human-resources/immigration/right-to-work/acceptable-documents.html

  • Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview with the Scholarships committee panel either in person or via skype.

How to apply

1. Submit a formal application to study for a PhD in Economics or Agri-Environmental Economics - apply online here.

    Please ensure that you include:

  • at least two academic references - these must come from a professional/institutional email address (not a gmail/Hotmail/Yahoo account), or be uploaded as a signed document, either on headed paper or validated with the university stamp)
  • a detailed research proposal
  • transcripts of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees
  • your CV

N.B. Scholarship applications cannot be considered if you have not submitted a programme application.

2. Complete a scholarship application form here.

Publishing Office - © University of Kent

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 764000