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Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) PhD Scholarships

Annual Tuition fees at the UKRI Home/EU rate (£4,260 in 2018/19) plus annual stipend at UKRI rates (£15,009 2019/20)

The University of Kent is delighted to invite applications for 8 GCDC doctoral scholarships, starting in the academic year 2019-2020 (from September 2019).

The scholarship competition is open to all new postgraduate research applicants, in any discipline.

GCDC scholars will receive the following for 3.5 years:
- Annual stipend at UKRI rates (these were £14,777 in 2018/19);
- Annual tuition fees at UKRI Home/EU rates (these were £4,260 in 2018/19);
- A minimum research training support grant of £3,500; and
- Specialised interdisciplinary GCDC cohort training activities.

To be eligible for a GCDC scholarship, the envisaged research project has to be ODA compliant. This means that the research must directly and primarily benefit the economic and social problems faced by developing countries on the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.

In addition, the research project has to fit within the wider aims and specified challenges of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), 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. The GCRF aims are, inter alia, to promote challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and to strengthen capacity for research, innovation and knowledge exchange in the UK and developing countries.

The GCRF has also identified three principal challenges that research projects should address:
1) Equitable access to sustainable development;
2) Sustainable economies and societies; and
3) Human rights, good governance and social justice. 

Criteria

  • Candidates applying for a PhD degree must normally hold a good Honours degree (First or 2:1) or a Master’s Degree (at Merit or Distinction) in a relevant, appropriate subject, or the equivalent from an internationally recognised institution. In addition, programmes of study at individual schools have specific entry requirements that need to be fulfilled (check under “entry requirements” tab on Kent’s course finder page)
  • The University of Kent requires all non-native speaker of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. For more information on English language requirements, please visit this page


The scholarship call is open to applicants from all nationalities.
Applicants paying Overseas fees can still apply: some academic schools may be able to support applicants financially beyond the UKRI level.

How to apply

Applications for GCDC scholarships can be both student-led and project-led.


For student-led applications, interested students can suggest their own research projects. In this case, we strongly recommend students to contact the supervisor they have in mind to discuss their research proposal ahead of applying formally. Staff contact details can be found on the relevant school’s website.


Following a school-level shortlisting and interview process, the applications will be assessed by a panel appointed by the Kent GCRF Advisory Board. The panel will include the Dean of the Graduate School, the GCDC academic lead, and Associate Deans for Graduate Studies from all 3 faculties. The panel will award studentships based on the quality of applications, as well as compliance with ODA and GCRF funding rules.


When applying, students should follow the University of Kent’s online application process. As part of the process, students should include the following:
- explain reasons for study/outline research proposal;
- provide details/evidence of qualifications;
- provide two academic references;
- provide other personal information and supporting documentation.

Project-led applications
- School of Anthropology and Conservation: Forecasting the impacts of development on natural capital and human wellbeing in central Indonesia

- School of Physical Sciences & School of Biosciences: Identification of the cellular targets of the Malaysian phytochemical pentamethoxyflavone, a candidate agent for the chemoprevention of colorectal cancer

- School of Physical Sciences: Portable Diagnostic Platform for Rapid Detection and Integrated Surveillance of Viruses - Kent School of Architecture: Global perspective on environmental heritage: Sustainable design and architectural heritage in post-colonial Sudan

Students who are interested in applying for project-led applications should still submit their online application following the process outlined above.

Deadline

The deadline for this scholarship for 2019/20 has passed. Details for 2020/21 will be published here when available


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