UK 2019, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) at SOAS University of London

Scholarship Description:

Competition for ESRC studentships for October 2019 entry is now open. The Partnership provides ESRC funding for over 40 new PhD studentships each year.

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.

One of the largest ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK, the UBEL DTP funds over 40 studentships a year in areas spanning across the social sciences and economic.

SOAS is a remarkable institution. Uniquely combining language scholarship, disciplinary expertise and regional focus, it has the largest concentration in Europe of academic staff concerned with Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Degree level:

Scholarship is available to provide ESRC funding for over 40 new PhD studentships each year.

Field of Study:

Scholarships are awarded in Research.

Scholarship Award: 

  • Anthropology- Overseas Fees: £16,950
  • International Development- Overseas Fees: £19,730
  • Linguistics- Overseas Fees: £18,980
  • Politics and International Relations- Overseas Fees: £16,950
  • Law and Socio-legal Studies- Overseas Fees: £16,950
  • Gender Studies- Overseas Fees: £16,950


  • The scholarship is available for UK citizens.
  • 40 Scholarships are available.
  • Scholarship can be taken in the UK.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 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.
  • The applicant applies for a studentship to start in October 2018; they must have resided in the UK since October 2015.
  • 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 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.

Applying procedure Instructions:

Candidates should normally have a good UK Master’s degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. In some cases, prior knowledge of a language may be necessary or advisable.

Applicants are also required to submit a brief research proposal. This should include a preliminary title for the research project, identify the main area of research (e.g. geographical region, time-period and language), comment critically on the existing literature and indicate likely sources for the research. Specific proposal requirements can be sought from the Department in which you are applying.

Guidance for Applying for MPhil/PhD

To apply for an MPhil/PhD at SOAS we require a complete application form. Applications are not considered complete and will not be assessed by academic selectors if they are missing any of the following items:

  1. A formal application form
  2. A supporting statement
  3. An up-to-date CV or Resume
  4. A Research Proposal
  5. Full academic transcripts of your College/University studies to date (with official translations from the institution or provided by a recognized translator if not in English)
  6. Copies of your degree certificates(with official translations from the institution or provided by a recognized translator if not in English)
  7. Evidence of your English language proficiency or intention to take a recognized English Language Test
  8. Two academic references- confidentially submitted by your referees.

The Doctoral School will email you when your application is complete and has gone forward for consideration by the Department. Incomplete applications, missing any of the above elements, cannot be considered.

Scholarship Official Web Links:

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Scholarship Deadline:

January 8, 2019.

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