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ESRC Collaborative Studentship -Farmer's decision making process: lessons learnt from rural farming communities in Ethiopia & Kenya

Deadline: 24 February 2019

Principal Supervisor: Dr Risa Morimoto (SOAS, University of London)

Email: rm36@soas.ac.uk

Secondary Supervisor: Dr Matthew Davies (Institute for Global Prosperity, UCL)

Email: matt.davies@ucl.ac.uk

Non-Academic  Partner: Pesticide Action Network UK

Applications are invited for a +3 studentship to be held at the UBEL DTP in September 2019. This studentship is offered in collaboration with the Pesticide Action Network UKand the UBEL DTP. The Structure ‘+3’ study will involve the MPhil/PhD in Development Economics at SOAS.

Summary of the Project

This project examines the role of smallholder farmers in forming the future of African farming by analysing their decision making processes using a wide range of disciplinary approaches. By exploring the reasons behind the uptake of agricultural innovation and assessing the impacts of these, the project contributes to advancing our understanding of knowledge transfer  and implementation in general, and providing useful information to further facilitate the ongoing debate on organic farming in particular. 

The studentship offers a wide range of truly interdisciplinary research experience in environmental and development economics, anthropology, and agriculture and ecology, as well as practical field experience in Ethiopia and Kenya, facilitated by Pesticide Action Network UK and PAN Ethiopia. The PhD is jointly supervised by Dr Risa Morimoto (SOAS) and Dr Matt Davies (IGP/UCL). 

Key References which discuss some of the issues to be explored 

PAN UK website on http://www.pan-uk.org/cotton- in-ethiopia/

PROCOL Kenya website on https://www.procolkenya.com/our-work-in-africa/

Value of the '+3' Studentship

Depending on residency,

Full Award:

  • Tuition fees per year for 3 years
  • Annual full-time maintenance stipend of £16,777 (18-19 rate) for 3 years.

Fees-Only Award:

  • Tuition fees per year for 3 years
  • If an applicant from an EU-country does not meet the residency requirements, they may apply for a “fees-only” studentship. These studentships will only pay the tuition fees for the studentship and will not pay a stipend.
Residency Requirements

ESRC studentships are open to all UK applicants.

Applicants are also eligible for a studentship if they have been an ordinary resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship grant. For instance, if the applicant applies for a studentship to start in October 2018, they must have resided in the UK since October 2015. Please note: if the applicant is from an EU-country, these three years may include time spent studying however if the applicant is from outside the EU (international), these three years cannot include time spent studying at a Higher Education institution.

If an applicant from an EU-country does not meet the residency requirements, they may apply for a “fees-only” studentship. These studentships will only pay the tuition fees for the studentship and will not pay a stipend.

The DTP also has a small number of full award studentships (tuition fee and stipend) on offer for international and EU students who do not meet the residency requirements and are applying for training in Advanced Quantitative Methods.

For more details, please read the ESRC Residential Guidelines.

Candidate Criteria

An undergraduate or masters degree in Economics would be preferable, however, candidates with training or experience in  agricultural/development economics, agroecology, development studies, anthropology, sociology or other related fields are also encouraged to apply for this studentship.

Conceptual and practical interest in organic farming and commitment in rural fieldwork is desirable, while holding close associations with the study areas of Ethiopia or Kenya is an added advantage. Work and other related experience may be taken into account. 

Further Information

For further information about the relevant program please click the following links:

MPhil/PhD in Development Economics

How to Apply

Candidates wishing to apply for this +3 studentship starting September 2019 must complete both an admissions application and a studentship application. These are separate processes.

  • STEP 1: Complete Admissions Application for the MPhil/PhD Development Economics by 23.59 (UK local time) 24 February 2019.

Applicants must submit a COMPLETE on-line application for admission

IMPORTANT: Please state in the admissions application that you wish to be considered for the ESRC Collaborative Studentship, use the title of the studentship (project title: - Farmer's decision making process: lessons learnt from rural farming communities in Ethiopia & Kenya) as your Research Proposal Title and state Dr Risa Morimoto as your Proposed Supervisor.

Use your Supporting Statement to explain why you are motivated to apply for this particular project, and what skills and experience you will bring to the project. In your 2,000 word Research Proposal please respond to the project description and elaborate on how you would approach the project theoretically and methodologically based on your previous academic training and experience.

An application is only considered complete if the following has been provided:

  • A formal application form 
  • A supporting/personal statement 
  • An up-to-date CV or Resumé
  • A Research Proposal 
  • Full academic transcripts of your College/University studies to date (with official translations from the institution or provided by a recognised translator if not in English) 
  • Copies of your degree certificates (diplomas) (with official translations from the institution or provided by a recognised translator if not in English)
  • Evidence of your English language proficiency or intention to take a recognised English Language Test
  • Two references - confidentially submitted by your referees.
    Your application 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.

  • STEP 2: Studentship Application by  23.59 (UK local time) 24 February 2019.

Apply for the Studentship by completing and submitting the studentship application form to scholarships@soas.ac.uk by no later than  24 February 2019. The Studentship application is available for download from the download box at the top right hand corner of this page.

Students undertaking Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM), we will also be required to submit an AQM application form by the 24 February 2019.  This application form is also available for download from the download box at the top right hand corner of this page.

Late applications will not be considered.

Interview & Notification of Results

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed during the week  commencing 11 March 2019. 

The candidate who is recommended for a studentship will need to confirm their interest during the week of 18 March 2019. 

The UBEL DTP procedures must be completed by 29 March 2019.  Our recommendation is subject to the formal approval by the UBEL DTP.

For enquiries about the application procedure, please contact the Scholarships department:

Email: scholarships@soas.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 5088/5094/5091

For enquiries about the project only, please contact

Principal Supervisor: Dr Risa Morimoto (SOAS, University of London)

Email: rm36@soas.ac.uk