School of Social Policy Doctoral Scholarships

The School of Social Policy is internationally known and regarded for its first class research. Our lecturing and research staff are recognised as authorities in their fields, and our research contributes to academic debates and has worldwide impact. 

School of Social Policy 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 across the school.

A full scholarship is the equivalent of an ESRC studentship and covers Home/EU fees (£4,260 p.a.) plus a living allowance (stipend) of £14,777 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. For applicants outside the EU a full scholarship equates normally to £19,037 covering full fees and providing a contribution towards living expenses.

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 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. Guidance on preparing a research proposal is attached. 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 Doctoral Scholarships must have an offer of a place to study for a PhD.  If you do not already have an offer, you must apply by 30 April 2019 and mark your electronic application School of Social Policy Scholarships.  At the same time, you should send a separate application form (WORD - 58KB) which can be downloaded along with your research proposal, to Professor Paul Montgomery, Director of the Doctoral Programme and mark your email ‘Birmingham School of Social Policy 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 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.

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

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PhD Scholarships from Mental Health Research UK

Mental Health Research UK  is now inviting applications for their 2019/20 PhD Scholarships.

The Scholarships aim to support the most promising research scientists who are asking challenging questions that will contribute to advances in mental health research. Mental Health Research UK is seeking the best and brightest researchers, Scholarships are open to UK Universities with a department active in research in the fields of Schizophrenia and Children and Young People’s Mental Health.

How to apply

Applications cannot be submitted directly by individuals, they have to be made by the university.  As an institution, we are only allowed to submit one application per scheme (three in total). Applications are open for three schemes, as detailed below. Scholarships will commence in September 2019.

The John Grace QC Scholarship 2020 will be awarded in the field of schizophrenia. Applications that address the positive symptoms of schizophrenia are particularly welcome.

Mental Health Research UK and the Schizophrenia Research Fund invite Universities to apply for the Children and Young people’s Mental Health PhD Scholarship 2020.

Mental Health Research UK Suicide PhD Scholarship 2020 welcomes applications in the field of Suicide prevention.  

The award covers fees and stipend for four years and is based on UKRIs minimum stipend and fees for UK/EU students currently as follows:

  • 2019/20 Stipend: Outside London - £15,009 Inside London: £17,009
  • 2019/20 Fees: £4,327. Funding will cease at 4 years or on submission of the PhD thesis, whichever is earlier

As an institution, we are only allowed to submit one application per scheme (three in total). As such, the University is running an internal selection process, outlined below.

  • 11 April: Deadline for applicants to notify us that they intend to apply.
  • 18 April, 5pm: Deadline for Internal Expressions of Interest

EOIs should be completed on the attached form and emailed to Sally Brajkovich (LES Research Support Administrator) at 

  • 3 May: Internal applicants to be notified of outcome
  • 31 May: Deadline for Applications to be submitted to MHRUK.

Application development will be supported by the College Research Support Offices.