School of Government Doctoral Scholarships

The School of Government is one of the leading UK and International Centres for governance, politics, international development, public management, Russian and European Studies.

School of Government Doctoral Scholarships

Each scholarship is available to a candidate of the highest academic calibre who wishes to conduct doctoral level study on a topic within the research areas of Politics, International Studies, International Security, International Development or Local Government Studies in the School.

Each year the School is able to offer some bursaries that cover all or part of PhD fees, and sometimes also a stipend for living expenses.  Limited funds are available each year and are allocated on a competitive basis. This is open to both current PhD students and new offer-holders.

A successful applicant will be expected to have a very good undergraduate degree, minimum of a 2:1, preferably a first class honours. They should also hold, or expect to achieve, a very good Masters degree (at a distinction level) in a relevant social science subject. Their references will attest to qualities of academic achievement and research potential that make the candidate stand out above their peers. They may have already won academic prizes within their home institutions and /or internationally.

Applications will be assessed on (a) the quality of the student’s academic achievements and preparedness for doctoral level study; (b) the quality of the research proposal; (c) the potential to contribute to cutting edge research; and  (d) the match of the proposal to areas of research strength within the School of Government and Society.

Since we are particularly keen to build on existing areas of research strength, all applicants are strongly advised to contact potential supervisors and to discuss their proposal with them prior to online submission.

How to apply

Potential candidates for the School of Government Doctoral Scholarship must have an offer of a place to study for a PhD.  If you do not already have an offer, you must apply by 2 December 2018. Please note the deadline for the Specialist Doctoral Scholarship is 25 February 2019.  At the same time, you should send a separate School of Government and Society Scholarship application form, which can be downloaded along with your research proposal, to Dr Emma A. Foster, Director of the Doctoral Programme (to and mark your email ‘School of Government and Society Scholarships’. 

If you already have a place to start the doctoral programme in September 2019 and are interested in being considered for these awards, please contact your supervisor to discuss the opportunity and submit a completed Scholarship application and your research proposal to Dr Emma Foster, as explained above. If you are currently a Masters student an offer of a scholarship will be conditional on the successful completion of your studies at the required level. Please note that previous applicants need not apply.

Find out more about our Doctoral Programme

To apply to the Doctoral Programme, please go to the subject specific page listed below:

Find out more about the areas of research in the School of Government and Society.