SOAS University of London

Registry

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships

Deadline: 9 January 2018

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 2018 entry is now open.

Applicants must follow two steps:

  • STEP 1: Apply for one of the eligible degree programme by 23:59 hours (GMT) 5 January 2018 at the latest (ideally mid December 2017). Applicants must submit a complete admission application by this deadline. The deadline is important as applicants must have an offer of admissions by the time selection takes place.  Guidance for applying for MPhil/PhD and information on what makes an application complete - please check HERE.
  • STEP 2: Apply for the scholarship by 4 pm (GMT), Tuesday 9 January 2018. Applicants must submit a UBEL DTP ESRC Preliminary Application Form 2018 by 4 pm on 9 January 2018, which is available on UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL-DTP) website

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 for each of the structures

Please see below information on the duration of study for each of the structures available.  Please check the details in the pathway sections above to find out which structures are available within each pathway.

  • Structure ‘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.
  • Structure ‘+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.
  • Sctructure ‘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.

The awards are available on a full or part-time basis.