Do you have research interests that relate to Africa? Could you take an interdisciplinary approach to your research? Applications are open for the King’s College London Africa International PGR Scholarships 2022-23.
Three (3) full scholarships are available for 2022/23 entry, to support international students from Africa to undertake full-time doctoral research degrees (Ph.D.) at King’s College London.
Interdisciplinary projects are especially encouraged, and all projects must fall at the intersection of two or more of the following themes or disciplines:
- Conflict, Peace, and Security: King’s is world-renowned for the study of violent conflict, peace, and security. The School of Security Studies and the School of Global Affairs provide a range of programs of relevance to Africa, with the African Leadership Centre offering a particular focus on leadership studies at the security-development nexus.
- Global Health: Students in this discipline are exposed to a unique international and interdisciplinary context covering broad areas such as healthcare partnerships, global surgery, palliative care, maternal health, global health governance and policy, mental health, ageing, cancer, oral health and mucosal biology, diabetes and other conditions, conflict and health, migration and health, environment and health.
- Development: The study of development at King’s cuts across a range of disciplines with particular concentration in the School of Global Affairs including, development studies with reference to emerging economies in the Department of International Development; environment and development with a potential to examine disasters and adaptation in the Department of Geography; leadership and development at the African Leadership Centre.
- Digital Technology: Students in this discipline undertake research into new and emerging internet technologies in the Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences; and the different ways in which digital technologies and methods are transforming society in King’s pioneering Department of Digital Humanities.
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The Scholarship covers:
- Full international tuition fees
- An annual stipend (living allowance): at the UKRI rate (for the year 2021/22, this was set at £17,609)
- Research Support Grant: up to £5,000/year, depending on the research project
- Be African nationals and be permanently resident in an African country;
- Be liable for tuition fees at the higher international/overseas rate;
- Plan to commence a full-time MPhil/PhD program at King’s College London in the 2022-23 academic year (from October 2022 and by no later than June 2023)
- Plan to conduct research that is relevant to Africa and which must fall at the intersection of two or more of the given themes or disciplines, as described in the ‘Award Details’ section;
- Have applied to King’s College London for the scholarship (as instructed in the ‘Application Process’ section below) and meet the given deadlines.
- Existing doctoral degree students are not eligible to apply;
- The scholarship cannot be held on a part-time basis;
- Professional doctorate degrees are not eligible;
- Distance learning programs are not eligible;
- Clinical PhDs (those with the higher clinical rate tuition fees) are not eligible;
- The scholarship cannot commence prior to October 2022.
HOW TO APPLY
- STEP 1. Refer to the ‘How to apply: Research courses’ page for general guidance on how to find a suitable doctoral degree and supervisor at King’s College London, and how to apply. Please ensure that you are fully aware of the entry requirements for your chosen program before applying. Please also carefully consider how your proposed research project is relevant to Africa and aligns with at least two of their specified themes/disciplines (see above).
- STEP 2. By the deadline of 18 March 2022 (23:59 GMT), you MUST:
- Submit an admissions application to King’s College London for a full-time MPhil/PhD degree program with a 2022-23 start date (i.e., no earlier than 1 October 2022 and no later than June 2023) using the King’s online admissions application system – King’s Apply. Please upload all necessary supporting materials by this stage where possible – Refer to Step 3 for further guidance on supporting documentation.
- On the ‘Funding’ Section of your King’s Apply application, you MUST tick the box at item 5 (Award Scheme Code or Name) and enter the funding code: 2223-AFRICA (Please copy and paste the code exactly!). If you submitted your admissions application before including the funding code, simply log back into King’s Apply to update the ‘Funding’ section of your application. If you experience any problems with this, please contact the admissions office via the messaging section of your application for assistance.
- Complete a separate ‘Africa International PGR Scholarships 2022-23 Form’ and attach this to the ‘Funding’ Section of your application on King’s Apply using the ‘File Upload’ option at the bottom of the page; under the ‘Document Category’ dropdown menu select ‘Sponsorship Document’ or ‘Other’. If you submitted your admissions application before uploading the Africa International PGR scholarship form, simply log back into King’s Apply to update the ‘Funding’ section of your application.
- STEP 3. By the deadline of 1 April 2022 (23:59 GMT), you MUST:
- Ensure that your admissions application is complete with all relevant supporting materials, as required by your chosen doctoral program. Any outstanding supporting material/documents, such as references, transcripts, certificates, research proposal and personal statement, etc., must be provided by this deadline. For guidance on what you need to provide, please check the online prospectus page for your chosen doctoral program. It is your responsibility to follow up on any outstanding material.
- Note that proof of a valid English language proficiency test (where required) is not absolutely necessary at this point, but any outstanding English conditions (if applicable) must eventually be met in time for the start of your doctoral program if you are successfully offered a scholarship.
For more information, visit King’s College London.
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