Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships
Deadline: 5 February 2016
SOAS, University of London, has been awarded accreditation as a Doctoral Training Centre in partnership with Birkbeck, the Institute of Education and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The Bloomsbury Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - one of only 21 such centres across the UK.
Application procedure & Important deadlines
In order to be considered for the ESRC studentships, applicants must follow two steps:
- STEP 1:submit a complete application for admission for their chosen masters programme or doctoral programme at SOAS by Friday, 22 January 2016.
- STEP 2: ALSO submit the application for ESRC Research Studentships to the relevant DTC Administrator by 16:00 (UK local time) on Friday, 5 February 2016. To access the application for ESRC Research Studentships and the Application Guide for 2016 entry, please go to the DTC Board website
Contact details at SOAS are as follows:
- For any enquiries about the ESRC application, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For academic enquiries ONLY related to the ESRC application and for assistance in identifying a potential supervisor, please contact one of the academic members of staff in your chosen academic cluster.
- Social Anthropology - Dr Kevin Latham: email@example.com
- International Development
- Professor Saad-Filho: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr Elisa Van Waeyenberge: email@example.com
- Politics and International Studies - Dr Felix Berenskoetter: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pathways: Social Anthropology
Structures: 1+3, 2+3, +3, +4 (FT/PT)
The Anthropology pathway may be pursued within 1+3, 2+3, +3 , +4 structures.
- The 1+3 (MARes + MPhil/PhD) structure begins with the well-established, ESRC-recognised MA in Anthropological Research Methods (MARes), a one-year full-time (two year part-time) Masters programme providing a thorough grounding in core research methods and core subject specific training in anthropology.
- The 2+3 (MARes with designated African or Asian Language + MPhil/PhD) structure will begin with the MA Anthropological Research Methods (MARes) with designated African or Asian Language, a two-year full-time Masters programme combining the content of the existing MARes with a course of intensive language acquisition.
- The +3 (MPhil/PhD in the Department of Anthropology & Sociology)
- The +4 (MPhil/PhD in the Department of Anthropology & Sociology)
Details about the structure of the MARes and MPhil/PhD programmes and how to apply for admission can be found at:
- MA Anthropological Research Methods
- MA Anthropological Research Methods and Nepali
- MPhil/PhD in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Pathways: International Development
Structures: 1+3 ,+3 (FT/PT)
The International Development pathway is coordinated by the SOAS Departments of Economics and Development Studies and involves the joint-endeavour of SOAS, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Institute of Education (IoE), as well as the London International Development Centre (LIDC).
The International Development pathway may be pursued within 1+3 or +3 structures.
- the 1+3 (MSc Research for International Development + MPhil/PhD in International Development). Students following the 1+3 structure will take the MSc Research for International Development. This is a research methods focused Taught Masters programme, preparing for PhD study. The 1+3 structure is specific to SOAS, which runs the MSc Research for International Development.
- the +3 (MPhil/PhD in International Development) structure. Students may follow the Phd pathway in International Development by being based at either SOAS, LSHTM or IoE. All Phd students on the International Development pathway will attend an advanced research training seminar run by LIDC. The series will provide students in the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre’s International Development Pathway with a broad understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to development, and a detailed understanding of selected areas of interest.
Details about the structure of the MSc Research for International Development and MPhil/PhD in International Development programmes and how to apply for admission can be found at:
- MSc Research for International Development
- MPhil/PhD in International Development (Department of Development Studies)
- MPhil/PhD in International Development (Department of Economics)
Pathways: Politics and International Studies
Structures: 1+3 (with 1-Year MRes component at Birkbeck), 2+3 (with 2-Year MRes component via both SOAS and Birkbeck), +3 (FT/PT SOAS or Birkbeck)
Number of studentships: 3 shared between SOAS and Birkbeck
The Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS is a member of the Politics and International Studies cluster of the Bloomsbury Doctoral Training Centre (DTC).
The Politics and International Studies cluster shares two studentships between the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS and the Department of Politics at Birkbeck; both awards are made on the basis of merit with the possibility that, in a given year, both may go to either SOAS or Birkbeck. Applicants should apply for admission directly through ONE of the two departments, based on their research interests. Both departments offer the +3 pathway, and successful applicants who are required to complete the 1+3 pathway will complete the first-year MRes component at Birkbeck.
The Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS has strengths in international relations, comparative politics, political theory and area studies, with regional expertise on China, Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, Africa and East Asia. It has research clusters in the areas of comparative political thought, transitional justice, social movements and resistance, Islamic political thought (including multiculturalism and Islamic political thought), multiculturalism, and International Relations theory. Birkbeck has a strong research presence in political science and public policy, as well as political theory, international studies and quantitative methods.
For more information about the structure of the programmes and how to apply for admission, please see the websites of the respective departments:
All details about the structure of the MPhil/PhD programmes and respective application process can be found at Research Degrees: Politics and International Studies
- Birkbeck Department of Politics
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, MRes Politics at Birkbeck, 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 or the MRes in Politics with Language), followed by three years of full-time (or five years’ part-time) research leading to award of the PhD.
- The +4 pathway differs from the +3 pathway by beginning with two years of pre-fieldwork training instead of one. This pathway is likely to appeal particularly to students who have a new or difficult language to learn for fieldwork. The two-year pre-fieldwork training period also offers the opportunity, where appropriate, for short pre-fieldwork familiarisation visits to expected fieldwork sites and/or in situ language training. As with the other pathways, students may apply for one year of ‘continuation status’ if necessary.