Economics and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) Funding for PhD Research from the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) 

The Department of Anthropology at UCL invites applications for funding from the ESRC for study beginning in September 2017. The Department is a member of the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL DTP) which incorporates UCL, SOAS, Birkbeck College and University of East London. Anthropology is one of the pathways funded within this DTP. The ESRC has granted this DTP funding for over 40 new PhD studentships each year. More details of this training partnership can be found at https://ubel-dtp.ac.uk/

Funding is available on a competitive basis. Applications are invited for entry onto our 1+3 and +3 PhD programmes starting in September 2017. ESRC funding is normally available only for UK Home students (fees & subsistence) and EU students (fees only).  Registration can be on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Projects should fall under the specific remit of the ESRC for which see   http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/guidance-for-applicants/is-my-research-suitable-for-esrc-funding

Two kinds of funding support the two different programmes offered on the UCL Anthropology training route:

1. 1 + 3 funding is available for students EITHER holding the equivalent of a good (usually First Class) Undergraduate Honours degree in Anthropology OR students in the final year of an Undergraduate Honours degree with the equivalent of a First Class degree predicted. The first year of the degree is spent registered for EITHER the Master of Research (MRes) OR Anthropology of Environment and Development (AED) both of which are ESRC recognised, research Masters degrees. 

2.  +3 funding is available for students holding a good undergraduate Degree in any subject AND a pathway-recognised Masters degree in Anthropology. Applicants would normally be expected to have graduated with the equivalent of a First Class degree and Distinction OR, at least, one of these. In some instances, relevant professional experience including significant publication can substitute for a Masters degree in which case, an Undergraduate Degree in Anthropology is highly desirable.

A small number of studentships are offered for projects requiring the use of Advanced Quantitative Methods, and some of this funding is available to overseas students.

How to apply

Prospective students must apply both for admission onto a UCL Anthropology PhD programme AND for a UBEL-DTP studentship. These are separate processes.

Applications to Anthropology PhD programmes should be made through UCL’s Postgraduate Application System http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply-graduate-study/complete/form-guidance/online and should proceed only after contacting a prospective supervisor who agrees to acts as Primary Supervisor.

Applications for a UBEL DTP studentship should be made by downloading and completing the DTP application form at https://ubel-dtp.ac.uk/how-to-apply/. This must be submitted ONE pdf document by email to anthro-pgr@ucl.ac.uk. The deadline for receipt of both place and funding applications is 4pm, 3 February 2017.

Advice on completing your DTP funding application

Competition for DTP studentships is extremely strong. Applications are assessed on the basis of academic track-record as well as on the quality of the proposed research. The application form includes three sections. Sections One and Two are completed by applicants. Section Three is completed by an academic staff member who has agreed to act as Principal Supervisor. It is very important that applicants approach prospective academic supervisors in the Department of Anthropology well in advance of the February 3rd deadline to discuss and draft their applications. Secondary supervisors must also be identified on the DTP application form. These will be identified from across the UBEL DTP by prospective Primary supervisors.. Applicants may contact the Departmental Graduate Tutor, Dr Allen Abramson (a.abramson@ucl.ac.uk) or the Departmental Postgraduate Administrator anthro-pgr@ucl.ac.uk for further information.

It is expected that candidates will be notified of the outcome of their applications by mid-April 2017.

For further information please see the UBEL DTP website https://ubel-dtp.ac.uk/