SOAS University of London

Registry

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships

Deadline: 6 January 2020

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 2020 entry is now open.

Applicants must follow two steps at SOAS:

  • STEP 1: Apply for one of the eligible degree programme by 23:59 hours (GMT) 6 January 2020 at the latest (ideally mid December 2019).

Applicants must submit a complete admissions application by this deadline. However, we strongly advise you to apply by mid-December 2019.  

Your application for Research Degrees will only be initially assessed once two references have been confidentially submitted by your nominated referees. The Doctoral School Admissions team will check that all required documentation has been provided and that the references are acceptable and meet our requirements during the initial assessment.  Incomplete applications, missing any of the above elements, cannot be considered and will not go forward to the Academic Selectors within the Department for consideration.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.


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)

Please see section above "Application procedure & Important deadlines" for information on how to apply for ESRC funding at SOAS. 

Information on the Anthropology pathway can be found HERE. 

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 Satoshi Miyamura sm97@soas.ac.uk

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

Please see section above "Application procedure & Important deadlines" for information on how to apply for ESRC funding at SOAS.

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:

Please see section above "Application procedure & Important deadlines" for information on how to apply for ESRC funding at SOAS.

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

Please see section above "Application procedure & Important deadlines" for information on how to apply for ESRC funding at SOAS.

Pathways: Law and Socio-legal Studies

Structures: 1+3 (with 1-Year MRes component at SOAS or Birkbeck), +3 (SOAS or Birkbeck) - (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 structure of the MRes programme at SOAS and how to apply for admission can be found at MRes in Law

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

Please see section above "Application procedure & Important deadlines" for information on how to apply for ESRC funding at SOAS.

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

Please see section above "Application procedure & Important deadlines" for information on how to apply for ESRC funding at SOAS.

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 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 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.