The Department of Politics at SOAS (University of London) is pleased to announce several PhD studentships in 2013.
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) the Department was rated in the Top 10 for Politics, with special expertise in International Politics and the politics of South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East. The department is particularly well known for its focus on international relations theory, international and comparative political theory, comparative political sociology, comparative political economy, humanitarianism and human rights, and religion and politics.
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Dr Matthew J Nelson (SOAS Politics Research Tutor)
Department of Politics
SOAS, University of London
Postgraduate Studentships 2013
The Department of Politics at SOAS is pleased to announce a number of studentships for doctoral and postdoctoral students. The deadline for consideration for funded places (beginning September 2013) is 31st January 2013. Doctoral candidates whose applications are received after this date may be considered for admission but not funding.
Before applying, interested students are encouraged to make informal contact with a potential supervisor to establish whether we can provide expert supervision in your area. Make sure you include a CV and a draft research proposal with any enquiry (see attached guidelines) — academic members of staff are unable to respond to queries that do not include a research proposal.
If you would like general information on the research degree programmes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
SOAS Research Studentships (application guidelines here).
SOAS offers two doctoral studentships in the Faculty of Law and Social Science (which includes the Department of Politics) each year. Applications for these scholarships are accepted from all new full-time students in the Faculty of Law and Social Science; they cover fees at the UK/EU rate plus a maintenance allowance of around £12,790/year for up to three years. Candidates are normally be expected to receive a distinction in their Master’s degree.
SOAS Doctoral Studentships (application guidelines here).
The Department of Politics at SOAS offers one of these studentships each year. Applications for these scholarships are accepted from all UK/EU students applying to SOAS for full and part-time MPhil/PhD study in Politics; they cover fees at the UK/EU rate for up to three years. Candidates are normally expected to receive a distinction in their Master’s degree.
ESRC (Bloomsbury DTC) Studentships (application guidelines here).
The Department of Politics and the Department of Politics at Birkbeck share two of these prestigious studentships each year. (In 2011 and 2012 SOAS students received all of the available studentships.) Within the terms of ESRC Residential Eligibility Rules (here), these Scholarships are open to UK/EU students applying for full or part-time study in Politics; they cover UK/EU fees plus a maintenance allowance of around £15,590 per year for the following three programme options:
– 2+3 (2-year MRes in Politics with Language plus 3-year PhD)
- 1+3 (1-year MSc in Politics plus 3-year PhD)
- +3 (3-year PhD)
Additional allowances are available for Advanced Quantitative Methods training, Difficult Languages Training, and Overseas Fieldwork. Candidates for the +3 programme will normally be expected to receive a distinction in their Master’s (with evidence of ESRC-recognised Master’s-level methodology training).
* Please note that you need to complete an additional ESRC application form to be considered for this studentship. Further guidance on how to apply can be found below and here:
Additional details regarding several additional scholarships can be found here. The Department of Politics at SOAS often hosts successful applicants for Felix, Commonwealth, Leverhulme, and Chevening scholarships, as well as several others.
*How to Apply* (DEADLINE: 31 JANUARY 2013)
1. *For SOAS Research and Doctoral Studentships* apply via the standard PhD application process, indicating that you wish to be considered for funding. Applications can be made online here.
2. *For ESRC 2+3 Studentships* apply for the MRes Politics with Language via SOAS (if you wish to be based at SOAS for your thematic courses; see MRes information here) or Birkbeck (if you wish to be based at Birkbeck for your thematic courses), then complete *the additional ESRC application form*, which is available here.
3. *For ESRC 1+3 Studentships* apply for one of the MSc Programmes in Politics at SOAS: MSc International Politics; MSc Comparative Political Thought; MSc Conflict, Rights, and Justice; MSc State, Society, and Development; MSc Politics of Africa; MSc Politics of Asia (incl. specialization options in South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central Asia); MSc Politics of China; and MSc Middle East Politics. Then complete *the additional ESRC application form*, which is available here.
4. *For ESRC +3 Studentships* apply via the standard PhD application process (online instructions here), then complete *the additional ESRC application form*, which is available here.
General enquiries about making a formal application to SOAS can be addressed to the SOAS Research Manager (Marcus Cerny) by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enquiries regarding supervision within the Politics department can be addressed to the Politics Research Tutor (Dr Matthew Nelson) at email@example.com. (Again, please note that academic members of staff are not able to respond to queries that do not include a CV and a research proposal.)
Dr Matthew Nelson
Department of Politics
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG U.K.