The School of Arts and Social Sciences is offering one PhD Studentship for Black British students, for entry in September 2021.
The School of Arts and Social Sciences is a cosmopolitan, outward-looking, and internationally excellent centre of research and learning on the human condition in all of its dimensions. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) over 70% of SASS research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.
The School is acutely aware of the obstacles to accessing higher education faced by people from Black British backgrounds and is committed to creating an environment in which researchers from diverse backgrounds learn and work together.
The School is therefore making available one fully-funded studentship for PhD study, to be awarded on the basis of excellence of the application for September 2021 entry. Specific eligibility criteria are given below.
The studentship will cover UK tuition fees and an annual bursary and will be awarded to an individual who works in or across any of the School's sub-disciplinary areas, or within any of its established Research Centres.
This is part of a wider set of measures being implemented across City, University of London to increase the representation of diverse UK Doctoral Researchers at the University.
We strongly encourage potential applicants to contact the unit in which they wish to study in the first instance to determine the viability of the proposed project and appropriate supervision.
What is Offered
A doctoral studentship will provide the following:
- An annual bursary (£17,609 for 2021/2022)
- A full tuition-fee waiver for UK students.
The studentships will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and the potential to produce cutting-edge research.
- Applicants must be Black British UK-permanent residents (i.e. UK fee-paying students) from the following ethnic groups: Black or Black British African, Black or Black British Caribbean, Black or Black British other or Mixed Black or Black British.
- Applicants must hold at least a 2.1 Honours degree and a Merit-level Masters degree in a relevant subject (or international equivalent) or offer equivalent qualifications or experience evidencing their preparedness for PhD study.
- Applicants whose first language is not English must have achieved at least 7.0 in IELTS or a recognised equivalent
- Applicants must not be currently registered as a doctoral student at City, University of London or any other academic institution
How to Apply
To apply for studentship funding:
- Complete an application form for a place on the PhD programme. You will be asked to register before you can complete your application. Please note that registering does not commit you to studying if you are not successful in gaining funding.
- Upload your research proposal (four sides of A4 maximum including references) in any of the areas covered by the research in the School of Arts and Social Sciences following discussion and agreement with a potential supervisor.
Suggested structure of proposal:
- Project description: Topic, motivation from the literature, methods and potential impact
- Explanation of how your research proposal would fit with the work carried out in the School of Arts and Social Sciences
- Potential to answer an important research question and/or potential for a significant conceptual, methodological, and/or empirical innovation.
For further guidance visit our page on how to prepare your research proposal.
- Upload a short cover letter with your application requesting that your application be considered for SASS PhD Studentship funding, together with a statement asserting your eligibility in terms of ethnicity.
- Submit your online application form and supporting documents by 25th June 2021, 5pm (BST). If you have any queries regarding the above, please contact the Doctoral Degrees Officer, Richard Thornbury.