SOAS University of London

Registry

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships

Deadline: 3 February 2017

SOAS is a member of the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL-DTP), alongside UCL, Birkbeck, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the University of East London. The Partnership provides ESRC funding for over 40 new PhD studentships each year.

For enquiries, please:

Email: scholarships@soas.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 5094/5091

Application procedure & Important deadlines

Competition for ESRC studentships for October 2017 entry is now open and the submission deadline for applications is Friday, 3 February at 2017 at 4.00 pm. VERY IMPORTANT: Departments may have internal deadlines BEFORE the formal DTP deadline of 4.00 pm on 3 February 2017 so it is very important that you check below the specific procedure AND internal deadlines for each of the Pathways available at SOAS:

Anthropology Pathway

Please click HERE for detailed information on how to apply for ESRC funding and for specific deadlines to the Anthropology pathway

International Development Pathway
Prospective students must apply both for admission onto our MSc or PhD programme and for a UBEL-DTP studentship. These are separate processes.

Applications to your programme should be made through SOAS’s Postgraduate Application System after reading carefully the description of the various pathways available (please see below). Please note that if you are applying for the 1+3 at SOAS, you only need to submit the application to the MSc Research for International Development or to the MSc Development Economics but you will be required to submit a research proposal as part of the application to your programme. 

Applications for a UBEL-DTP studentship should be made for the International Development Pathway at SOAS by downloading and completing the application form HERE. This must be submitted by email to scholarships@soas.ac.uk.

IMPORTANT: The deadline for receipt of the UBEL DTP studentship application form for the International Development Pathway is 16:00hrs (4pm) on 3 February 2017. Please note that in order to be considered for these studentships, you must hold an offer of admissions by 3 February 2017.
Linguistics Pathway

If you are interested in applying for the 1+3 (MA Language Documentation and Description or MA Linguistics + MPhil/PhD in Linguistics) or +3 (MPhil/PhD in Linguistics) at SOAS, prospective students must apply both for admission onto our MA/PhD programme and for a UBEL-DTP studentship. These are separate processes.

Applications to the PhD programme should be made through SOAS’s Postgraduate Application system reading carefully the description of the the various pathways available at SOAS (please see below).

Applications for a UBEL-DTP studentship should be made for the Linguistics Pathway at SOAS by downloading and completing the application form HERE.  This must be submitted by email to scholarships@soas.ac.uk.

IMPORTANT: The internal deadline for receipt of both applications for the Linguistics Pathway at SOAS is 6 January 2017

Law and Socio-legal Studies Pathway

If you are interested in applying for the +3 (MPhil/PhD In Law) at SOAS, prospective students must apply both for admission onto our PhD programme and for a UBEL-DTP studentship. These are separate processes.

Applications to the PhD programme should be made through SOAS’s Postgraduate Application system reading carefully the description of the the various pathways available at SOAS (please see below).

Applications for a UBEL-DTP studentship should be made by downloading and completing the application form HERE. This must be submitted by email to scholarships@soas.ac.uk.

IMPORTANT: The internal deadline for receipt of both applications for the Law and Socio-legal Studies Pathway at SOAS is 6 January 2017.

Politics and International Relations Pathway

For information on how to apply for ESRC funding for this pathway, please go HERE.

Gender and Sexuality Pathway

Please click HERE for detailed information on how to apply for ESRC funding and for specific deadlines to the Gender and Sexuality Pathway.

Potential PhD students should apply first (by 1 December 2016) to the institution of their choice using the normal application procedure (if you are interested in applying for the +3 at SOAS, you must submit a complete admission application to the  Research Degrees: Gender Studies by 1 December 2016).

Selected applicants will then have the opportunity to complete the DTP application process by 3 February 2017 (if you are shortlisted, you will be contacted and asked to complete the ESRC UBEL-DTP application by 4 pm 3 February 2017 ). Final award outcomes are expected to be announced on 7 April 2017.

Residency Requirements

Please click HERE to check if you meet the residency requirements for these studentships

Pathways: Anthropology

Structures: 1+3, 2+3, +3, +4 - (FT/PT)

There are several possible research pathways available to research students in the Department. These are:
• The +3 pathway
• The 1+3 pathway
• The 2+3 pathway
• The +4 pathway

1. The +3 pathway is our standard MPhil/PhD pathway suitable for candidates with an existing Masters-level degree in anthropology. Candidates are initially registered as MPhil students. For full-time students, the first year of registration includes research methods training and project development, culminating in upgrade to PhD registration. Subject to successfully upgrading, the second year is generally spent conducting fieldwork. The third year is spent writing-up.

2. The 1+3 pathway involves one year on our ESRC-recognised MA Anthropological Research Methods programme followed by three years on the MPhil/PhD programme. This pathway is suitable for candidates with an undergraduate degree in anthropology but no Masters-level training in the discipline. The dissertation for the MA Anthropological Research Methods constitutes the basis for the research report and fieldwork proposal required for upgrading from MPhil to PhD status. Consequently the upgrade process generally occurs early in the first year of the +3 part of the pathway and the student may expect to leave for fieldwork after about one term.

3. The 2+3 pathway is intended for those with an undergraduate degree in anthropology but who require additional intensive training in a designated African or Asian language in order to undertake fieldwork. It comprises the two-year MA Anthropological Research Methods and Intensive Language, followed by three years on the MPhil/PhD programme. As with the 1+3 pathway, candidates are able to upgrade and embark on fieldwork earlier in the first year of MPhil/PhD registration than students on the standard +3 pathway.

4. The +4 pathway is intended for students with an existing Masters-level degree in anthropology who require additional intensive language training in order to undertake fieldwork. The pathway comprises of a two-year fieldwork training period, including intensive language training, and the opportunity, where appropriate, for short pre-fieldwork familiarisation visits to expected fieldwork sites and/or in situ language training. Candidates are expected to upgrade to PhD status at the start of their second year of registration.

The above descriptions are based on full-time registration. Each of these pathways is also available on a part-time basis (e.g. the +3 pathway can be taken part-time over six years). Students on each of these pathways may also be eligible to apply for an additional year of writing up at reduced fee level on ‘continuation’ status.

As described above, the expectation is that candidates for the above research degree pathways will already have training in anthropology at undergraduate or postgraduate level (depending on pathway). We recognise, however, that some candidates may have anthropological training without a formal degree in anthropology. Prospective students should contact the Research Tutor to discuss their particular circumstances. Where candidates do not have sufficient anthropological foundation, they may be advised first to take one of our taught MA programmes (rather than the MA in Anthropological Research Methods) in order to qualify for the +3 or +4 MPhil/PhD pathways.

For more information please contact the Research Tutor, Professor Paul Basu.

Pathways: International Development

Structures: 1+3 ,+3 - (FT/PT)

The International Development pathway may be pursued within 1+3 or +3 structures at SOAS. 

  • the 1+3 (MSc Research for International Development + MPhil/PhD in International Development or the MSc Development Economics + MPhil/PhD in Development Economics) structure.  Students following the 1+3 structure will take the MSc Research for International Development/MSc Development Economics. The MSc Research for International Development is a research methods focused Taught Masters programme, preparing for PhD study. 
  • the +3 (MPhil/PhD in International Development / MPhil/PhD in Development Economics) structure. 

Details about the structure of these programmes and how to apply for admission can be found at:

For enquiries on the scholarships process, please contact: scholarships@soas.ac.uk

For academic enquiries for Development Economics, please contact: Dr Elisa Van Waeyenberge ew23@soas.ac.uk

For academic enquiries for International Development, please contact: Dr Matteo Rizzo mr3@soas.ac.uk

Pathways: Linguistics

Structures: 1+3 ,+3 - (FT/PT)

The Linguistics pathway may be pursued within 1+3 or +3 structures at SOAS.

  • the 1+3 (MA Language Documentation and Description or MA Linguistics + MPhil/PhD in Linguistics) structure
  • the +3 (MPhil/PhD in Linguistics) structure.

Details about the structure of these programmes and how to apply for admission can be found at:

Pathways: Politics and International Relations

Structures: 1+3 (with 1-Year MRes/MSc/MA component at Birkbeck or UCL), +3 (SOAS or Birkbeck or UCL) - (FT/PT)

Details about the structure of the MPhil/PhD programme at SOAS and how to apply for admission can be found at Research Degrees: Politics and International Studies

Details about the departments can be found at SOAS Department of Politics and International Studies

Pathways: Law and Socio-legal Studies

Structures: 1+3 (with 1-Year MRes component at Birkbeck), +3 (SOAS) - (FT/PT)

Details about the structure of the MPhil/PhD programme at SOAS and how to apply for admission can be found at Research Degrees: Law

Details about the departments can be found at SOAS School of Law

Pathways: Gender and Sexuality

Structures: 1+3 (with 1-Year MRes component at Birkbeck or UCL IOE), +3 (SOAS, Birkbeck, UEL or UCL) - (FT/PT)

Details about the structure of the MPhil/PhD programme at SOAS and how to apply for admission can be found at Research Degrees: Gender Studies

Details about the departments can be found at SOAS Centre of Gender Studies

Duration of study

  • The awards are available on a full or part-time basis:
    ‘1+3’ study will involve one-year full-time or two-years part-time study on one of our research training Masters programmes (e.g. the MA Anthropological Research Methods, etc), followed by three years of full-time (or five years’ part-time) research leading to award of the PhD.
  • ‘+3’ study involves immediate entry to three years of full-time or five years of part-time PhD research and assumes that a student has already met the majority of the core training requirements or the PhD focus is largely on more advanced training.
  • ‘2+3’ study will involve two years full-time on one of our research training Masters programmes (e.g. the MA Anthropological Research Methods with Nepali, etc), followed by three years of full-time (or five years’ part-time) research leading to award of the PhD.
  • The +4 pathway is intended for students with an existing Masters-level degree who require additional intensive language training in order to undertake fieldwork. The pathway comprises of a two-year fieldwork training period, including intensive language training, and the opportunity, where appropriate, for short pre-fieldwork familiarisation visits to expected fieldwork sites and/or in situ language training. Candidates are expected to upgrade to PhD status at the start of their second year of registration.