Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures African Studies PhD Scholarships
April 14, 2016
The Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures (BRIHC) is delighted to announce exciting new scholarships for postgraduate research and taught programmes.
Here you will find details of the African Studies PhD and Masters + PhD (1+3) Scholarships.
Founded in March 2015, BRIHC provides a dynamic and interdisciplinary focal point for the research conducted across the School of History and Cultures. Crossing traditional boundaries of chronology, geography, and methodology, it brings together scholars from the departments of History, Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, and African Studies.
The Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA) will offer two full-time studentships for overseas students commencing their PhD or MA + PhD (1+3) in African Studies starting in September 2016.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate a track record of excellence in their field and be able to meet the normal entry requirements for the University of Birmingham’s PhD and Masters programmes. Successful applicants will be expected to engage beyond their specialisms and contribute to the creation of a uniquely lively and mutually enriching research environment across the School.
The doctoral project
Successful applicants will be expected to pursue doctoral research focusing on any aspect of African history, culture, and society.
Supervision, registration, and course-work arrangements
The selected applicant will become a full participant in the lively African Studies research community at the University of Birmingham. They will work closely with two supervisors with expertise in their research. Depending on the candidate’s prior qualifications and experience, they may be admitted either directly on a PhD programme (3 years), or on a Masters + PhD programme (1+3 years).
Please note that students on the 1+3 Masters + PhD programme will be required to make a separate application for the PhD programme during their Masters year. Progression to a PhD is not guaranteed and is subject to successful completion of the Masters programme at the required level.
For questions, inquiries, or an informal discussion please contact Dr. Benedetta Rossi
Value of Award
These bursaries cover tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant (currently £14,057 p.a.) for three years, or four years if selecting the Masters + PhD programme (1+3 years).
African candidates with a track record demonstrating academic excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences are encouraged to apply.
The main selection criteria will be the excellence of the candidate’s academic qualifications and proposal; and the candidate’s potential fit with the Departments main areas of research.
How to Apply
The deadline for receiving applications (including two letters of recommendation) is 4 p.m. on 20 May 2016.
In order to apply, you must first have completed an application to study. In order to do so, please select a course from our Coursefinder listings, and select 'How to Apply' under Course Details.
Once you have done so, please complete the relevant funding application form below, and return the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm, 20 May 2016
Your application must also be supported by two references. It is your responsibility as the applicant to forward the reference form below to both nominated referees, and advise them that references must be returned to email@example.com by the application deadline, 4pm, 20 May 2016.
Please note: For applications on the 1+3 programme, students will be required to make a separate application for the PhD programme during their Masters year. Progression to a PhD is not guaranteed and is subject to successful completion of the Masters programme at the required level.
For applications directly for the Doctoral programme, applicants should complete the Doctoral application and reference form.