Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world


Scholarships and bursaries

Below are scholarships and bursaries offered by our School.

Postgraduate research

Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarships

PhD degrees which apply:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Community Care
  • Criminology
  • Environmental Social Science
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Mental Health
  • Migration Studies
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

You need to make TWO applications:

  1. For a PLACE to study a postgraduate degree at the University - online application
  2. For the University Research Scholarship - application form

Information on our postgraduate research programmes can be viewed on our postgraduate studies webpage. For questions about the application process please email the Postgraduate Office sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk

Both applications must be submitted by the deadline of 16.00 Monday 30 January 2017. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed during Monday 6 February 2017. Interviews will be held the same week on Thursday 9 February 2017 at our Canterbury campus.

Interviews will require candidates to talk about the academic and social importance of their research, their preparedness to undertake the research, and the theoretical, methodological and substantive issues key to their concerns. They will also be asked about their interest in and ability to lead UG seminars.

Please note:

  • Successful candidates will have obtained a 1st or good 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, and ordinarily an MA or MSc at Merit or Distinction level.
  • The scholarship covers tuition fees at the 2017/18 postgraduate standard home/EU rate in addition to an annual maintenance stipend based on the current ESRC studentship maintenance (in 2016 this represented £14,057 per annum).
  • Only those commencing study in September/October 2017 only can be considered for this scholarship.
  • Applications will only be considered if applicants have secured agreement from a member of staff in their area of interest to be their primary supervisor. Only one academic may be approached at a time (simultaneous approaches will result in the application being rejected). Once applicants have identified one supervisor, they need to discuss with supervisors the involvement of second supervisor in order to ensure that a proper supervisory group has been secured.
  • An IELT score of 7.0 for non-UK students with a minimum of 6.5 in all components; all PhD scholarship students are expected to have excellent communication skills.

Other conditions:

  • All Scholarships are offered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant model, ie. a stipend and a payment for teaching (with the exception to funding being used to match-fund research council scholarships) .
  • Scholarships are only available to new PhD students.
  • Applications will only be approved if they include two references.
  • In order to fulfil the requirements of a scholarship, international students must be eligible to work in the UK. See Guidance on Checking Eligibility to work in the UK.
  • If successful, international applications will have to cover the difference in fees themselves.

The deadline for applications is 16.00 on Monday 30 January 2017.

ESRC (3 Year Phd and 4 Year [1 Year MA + 3 Year PhD] Scholarships)

The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). This consortium of universities consists of the University of Kent; City University London; University of East Anglia; Goldsmiths College; University of Reading; Roehampton University; Royal Holloway, University of London; University of Surrey; and University of Sussex. For more information, please visit the SeNSS website. The DTP includes thirteen pathways offering PhD 1+3 and +3 studentships. Applicants can apply to SSPSSR for studentships in Sociology, Criminology and Social Work/Social Policy.

SeNSS is one of only 14 UK ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and will be offering a number of full-funded ESRC doctoral studentship to start in September 2017.  Kent will offer ESRC SeNSS studentships in the following subject pathways:

  • Sociology (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research)
  • Social Work and Social Policy  (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research)
  • Business and Management (Kent Business School)
  • Linguistics (School of European Culture and Languages)
  • Politics and International Studies (School of Politics and International Relations)
  • Psychology (School of Psychology)
  • Science and Technology Studies (School of Anthropology and Conservation)
  • Social Anthropology (School of Anthropology and Conservation)
  • Socio-Legal Studies (Kent Law School)

Applications are now invited from prospective PhD students for studentships based in SSPSSR at University of Kent to commence at the start of the 2017-18 academic year only. Three Year PhD Scholarships (for those with a relevant MA/ MSC at Merit or Distinction) and Four Year Scholarships (for those with or expected to receive an excellent UG degree who wish to study for an MA and a PhD) are available. Proposals are encouraged in any of the areas in which the School has expertise.

What SeNSS provides:
SeNSS is committed to providing innovative and challenging world-class doctoral training in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary research environment.  This includes a wide range of subject-specific, generic and advanced training tailored to your individual needs as well as opportunities for overseas visits and fieldwork, attending and presenting at annual conferences and academic publishing.  You will become part of a large cohort of fellow SeNSS students, which will offer support and networking opportunities.

What funding will you receive?
Fully-funded SeNSS Studentships include:

  • All tuition fees (UK/EU rates)
  • Maintenance stipend: £14,296 per year (tax free)
  • Research training support grant
  • Access to further research funding

How to apply
New students wishing to be considered for ESRC SeNSS funding must apply for a PhD place at the University of Kent and to the School by 16.00 Monday 30 January 2017 at the latest.  Applicants are advised to discuss their research project with academic members of staff in the relevant school as soon as possible.

You need to make TWO applications:

  1. For a PLACE to study a postgraduate degree at the University - online application
  2. To the School (SSPSSR) using this form. All relevant documentation must be sent to Kalliopi Glezakou.

What happens next?
All applications for PhD study received by relevant schools by 16.00 Monday 30 January 2017 will be considered for ESRC SeNSS funding. Candidates shortlisted for the SeNSS competition by academic schools will be invited to complete a SeNSS application form and will be put forward to a SeNSS assessment panel.   The SeNSS assessment panel will consider the applications during March 2017 and candidates will be notified of the outcome by the end of March 2017. Please review the SeNSS website for guidance about the process.  

For further information please contact Professor Larry Ray (for Sociology [including criminology]), or Professor Michael Calnan (for social policy and social work). For administrative matters, please contact Kalliopi Glezakou.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 16.00 Monday 30 January 2017. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed during Monday 6 February 2017. Interviews will be held the same week on Thursday 9 February 2017 at our Canterbury campus.

Interviews will require candidates to talk about the academic and social importance of their research, their preparedness to undertake the research, and the theoretical, methodological and substantive issues key to their concerns.

Please note:

  • Applications will only be considered if applicants have secured agreement from a member of staff in their area of interest to be their primary supervisor and secured a second supervisor to form a proper supervisory group. Only one academic may be approached at a time (simultaneous approaches will result in the application being rejected).
  • Proposals must be the candidate’s OWN work.

CHSS - Health Services Research PhD Studentship

The deadline for this Studentship has passed. If you have any questions concerning scholarships, please email sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk

We are offering a 3 year PhD studentship (full time or 5 years part time) to be based in the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) in the School of Social Policy and Social Research (SSPSSR), University of Kent. We welcome applications to undertake research in health services and evaluation commencing in September/October 2016.

We are looking for a student who is enthusiastic about health services research and can become part of the research endeavour within CHSS. Applicants will have completed a health-related postgraduate training course at Master's level equivalent to merit or distinction with a substantial research training component (such as an ESRC recognised training course).

The studentship will cover tuition fees at the standard postgraduate home/EU (£4,052 per annum) rate plus an annual maintenance stipend £14,057 per annum (2015-2016 rate) inclusive of the Graduate Teaching Assistantship element. In addition, there is an annual Research Training Support allowance of £750 to cover conference attendance, training courses, equipment and books. Our scholarship includes as part of its value a Graduate Teaching Assistantship which involves successful candidates undertaking a limited amount of teaching.

Interested applicants should apply for a place via the University of Kent‘s online application system. In addition, they must submit through the online application system, by 23.59 on Wednesday 27 April 2016, the following:

  1. a research proposal (maximum 2,500 words including references)
  2. a personal statement (maximum 1,000 words) indicating the reasons for doing a PhD at CHSS
  3. transcripts.

Informal enquiries regarding the application process and studying for a PhD in CHSS should be made to Kalliopi Glezakou

Applicants must ensure that both references have either been submitted by the referees through the online system or sent directly by email to Kalliopi Glezakou by 23.59 on Wednesday 27 April 2016. This is the deadline by which the University must have all the supporting documents. The School will not request references on your behalf from your referees, and your application will not be considered if both references are not received.

For more information about CHSS and the research interests of staff members check the CHSS website.

Tizard Centre PhD Scholarship

PhD degrees which apply:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Community Care
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Mental Health

You need to make TWO applications:

  1. For a place to study a postgraduate degree at the University - online application
  2. For the University Research Scholarship - application form

 

Both applications must be submitted by the deadline of 16.00 Monday 30 January 2017. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed during Monday 6 February 2017. Interviews will be held the same week on Thursday 9 February 2017 at our Canterbury campus.

We welcome applications concerning all aspects of community care; please refer to our website for the research expertise of the academic staff who are currently accepting new PhD students. Information on our postgraduate research programmes can be viewed on our postgraduate studies webpage.

Please note:

  • Successful candidates will have obtained a 1st or good 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, and ordinarily an MA or MSc at Merit or Distinction level.
  • The scholarship covers tuition fees at the 2017/18 postgraduate standard home/EU rate in addition to an annual maintenance stipend based on the current ESRC studentship maintenance (in 2016 this represented £14,057 per annum).
  • Applications will only be considered if applicants have secured agreement from a member of staff in their area of interest to supervise them.
  • Only one academic may be approached at a time (multiple simultaneous approaches will result in the application being rejected). Once applicants have identified one supervisor, they need to discuss with supervisors the involvement of second supervisor in order to ensure that a proper supervisory group has been secured.

Other conditions:

  • All Scholarships are offered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant model, ie. a stipend and a payment for teaching (with the exception to funding being used to match-fund research council scholarships) .
  • Scholarships are only available to new PhD students.
  • Applications will only be approved if they include two references.
  • In order to fulfil the requirements of a scholarship, international students must be eligible to work in the UK. See Guidance on Checking Eligibility to work in the UK.
  • If successful, international applications will have to cover the difference in fees themselves.

For an informal discussion, please phone Dr Michelle McCarthy on 01227 827997 on Wednesdays or Fridays only.

For questions about the application process please email the Postgraduate Office: sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk

Quantitative Social Science PhD Scholarship

PhD degrees which apply:

  • Sociology
  • Social Policy
  • Criminology

Successful candidates will have obtained a 1st or good 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, and ordinarily an MA or MSc at Merit or Distinction level. The scholarship covers tuition fees at the postgraduate standard home/EU 2017-18 rate, in addition to an annual maintenance stipend set at the 2017-18 rate (in 2016-17 this was £14,057 per annum) and an additional allowance of £3,000 per year to encourage you to undertake training in and to apply advanced quantitative methods.

You need to make TWO applications:

  1. For a PLACE to study a postgraduate degree in one of Sociology, Social Policy or Criminology at the University - online application
  2. For the Quantitative Social Science PhD Scholarship, click here to obtain the application form.

Information on our postgraduate research programmes can be viewed on our postgraduate studies webpage. For questions about the application process please email the Postgraduate Office sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk

Both applications must be submitted by the deadline of 16.00 Monday 30 January 2017. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed during Monday 6 February 2017. Interviews will be held the same week on Thursday 9 February 2017 at our Canterbury campus.

Please note:

  • Applications will only be considered if applicants have secured agreement from a member of staff in their area of interest to be their primary supervisor. Only one academic may be approached at a time (simultaneous approaches will result in the application being rejected). Once applicants have identified one supervisor, they need to discuss with supervisors the involvement of second supervisor in order to ensure that a proper supervisory group has been secured.
  • Only those commencing study in September/October 2017 only can be considered for this scholarship.
  • An IELT score of 7.0 for non-UK students with a minimum of 6.5 in all components, as all PhD scholarship students are expected to have excellent communication skills.

Other conditions:

  • All Scholarships are offered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant model, i.e. a stipend and a payment for teaching (with the exception to funding being used to match-fund research council scholarships).
  • Scholarships are only available to new PhD students.
  • Applications will only be approved if they include two references.
  • In order to fulfil the requirements of a scholarship, international students must be eligible to work in the UK. See Guidance on Checking Eligibility to work in the UK.
  • If successful, international applications will have to cover the difference in fees themselves.
 

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Last Updated: 13/01/2017