Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures African Studies PhD Scholarship

Level of study
Doctoral research, Postgraduate taught masters
Subject area
African Studies
Overseas (Non-EU)
Type of Award
Deadline for applying
Closed 02/03/2018 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

The Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures (BRIHC) is delighted to announce an exciting scholarship opportunity for postgraduate taught and research programmes.

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA) will offer one full-time studentship for an International student commencing their PhD (3 years) or MA + PhD (1+3 years) in African Studies starting in September 2018. The Department reserves to itself the option to offer a scholarship for a taught Masters programme only (1 year).

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a track record of excellence in their field and to meet the normal entry requirements for the University of Birmingham’s PhD and Masters programmes. Successful applicants will be expected to engage beyond their specialisms and contribute to the creation of a uniquely lively and mutually enriching research environment across the School.

The doctoral project

The successful applicant’s doctoral research project may focus on any aspect of African history, culture, society, and politics connected with one or more of the Department’s areas of research. 

Supervision, registration, and course-work arrangements

The selected applicant will become a full participant in the lively African Studies research community at the University of Birmingham. S/he will work closely with two supervisors with expertise in their research. Depending on the candidate’s prior qualifications and experience, s/he may be admitted either directly on a PhD programme (3 years), or on a Masters + PhD programme (1+3 years). 

For questions, inquiries, or an informal discussion please contact Dr. Benedetta Rossi

Value of Award

These bursaries cover tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant (2018-19:  £14,764 p.a.)  for three years (PhD), or four years if awarded the Masters + PhD programme (1+3 years).

Eligibility Criteria

Overseas applicants only are eligible for this scholarship. African candidates with a track record demonstrating academic excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences are encouraged to apply.

The main selection criteria will be the excellence of the candidate’s academic qualifications and proposal, and the candidate’s potential fit with the Department’s main areas of research.

Only open to campus-based applicants commencing their studies in September 2018

How to Apply

The deadline for receiving applications (including two references) is 4pm on Friday 2 March 2018.

In order to apply, students must first have completed an application to study. Students wishing to apply for a PhD can access further information.

Students applying to an MA+PhD scholarship should apply to the African Studies MA and specify in their statement what will be their preferred topic of doctoral study.

They should then complete the funding application form below, and return the completed form to by 4pm on Friday 2 March 2018.

Applications must also be supported by two references. It is your responsibility to forward the reference form below to both nominated referees, and advise them that references must be returned to by the application deadline, 4pm on Friday 2 March 2018.

The application and reference forms can be downloaded below:

Application Form African Studies PhD Scholarships

Reference Form African Studies PhD Scholarships

Application Form African Studies Masters + PhD (1+3) Scholarships 

Reference Form Masters Level + PhD (1+3) Scholarships

Please note, your application will only be considered for this scholarship. If you wish to be considered for our College of Arts and Law scholarships, you need to make a separate application.