The University of Kent is delighted to invite applications for 10 GCDC doctoral scholarships, starting in the academic year 2020-2021 (from September 2020). Five of the scholarships are student-led and five of the scholarships are project-led (see below).
The scholarship competition is open to all new
postgraduate research applicants, in any discipline.
GCDC scholars will receive the following:
• Annual stipend at UKRI rates for 3.5 years (TBC but this was £15,285 for 2020/21);
• Annual tuition fees at UKRI Home/EU rates for 3.5 years (£4,407 for 2020/21);
• A Research Training Support Grant of £1,500 per year for the first 3 years of study; and
• Specialised interdisciplinary GCDC cohort training activities.
GCDC research projects must 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)
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.
Finally, the research project must address UN sustainable development goal(s) (SDGs) and demonstrate direct benefit(s) to specific DAC-list country/countries.