University of Kent Doctoral Scholarships 2021/2022 for International Students

Are you considering applying for a PhD that will focus on a topic addressing a global challenge?

University of Kent Doctoral Scholarships

The University of Kent is delighted to invite applications for up to ten Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) research scholarships, starting in the academic year 2021-2022 (from September 2021). The final number of positions will be contingent upon funding.


The Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund and the university and is dedicated to funding, supporting and connecting doctoral students who are undertaking challenge-led research related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals that address economic and social challenges in developing countries.

The scholarship competition is open to all new postgraduate research applicants, in any discipline. We particularly welcome applications from UK domiciled Black African, Afro-Caribbean, and Asian communities as these groups are underrepresented in academia.

Eligibility: The scholarship call is open to applicants from all nationalities.

Eligible Field(s): The GCRF has identified three principal challenges that research projects should address:

  • Equitable access to sustainable development;
  • Sustainable economies and societies; and
  • Human rights, good governance and social justice.

Finally, the research projects must address UN sustainable development goal(s) and demonstrate direct benefit(s) to specific DAC-list country/countries.

Value of Award: GCDC scholars (starting in September 2021) will receive the following:

  • An annual stipend for 3.5 years (TBC, for 2020/21 this was £15,285)
  • Annual tuition fees for 3.5 years
  • A Research Training Support Grant of £1,500 per year for the first 3 years of study, plus access to an additional top-up fund
  • Specialised interdisciplinary GCDC cohort training activities

Applicants paying overseas fees are welcome to apply, as some GCDC scholarships may be offered at the international and new EU tuition fees rate (75% of the Overseas fees rate). In addition, some academic schools may be able to support other applicants financially beyond the UKRI level.

Duration of Award: 3.5 years

How to Apply for University of Kent Doctoral Scholarships

When applying, students should follow the University of Kent’s standard online application process.

For more information, visit the University of Kent Doctoral Scholarships.

Application Deadline: 18th January 2021 midnight

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