The department administers a number of awards
to incoming PhD students. All applicants to the PhD programme who have
submitted their applications to the online UCL Admissions system by January 6th 2014 are automatically considered.
Upon admission to the programme, principal supervisors will nominate candidates. The PhD Committee evaluates all nominations and ranks all candidates based on the following criteria:
- Grades (undergraduate and masters) and awarding institutions
- Research proposal
- Letters of recommendation
For the Departmental Studentship, offers are made in February each year. For other studentships, (UCL GRS/ORS awards, ESRC DTC +3 and 1+3 competitions, UCL Global Excellence Scholarship), the PhD Committee nominates candidates to the administering body with offers normally being made in late spring. All studentships are extremely competitive and only candidates with an excellent academic record and strong research proposals are awarded.
The Bentham PhD Fellowship
(Prospective departmental PhD candidates only)
the first year, the Fellowship will cover the full Home/UK fee of
£4,500 and will carry the UCL/research council level stipend of £15,726.
In the 2nd and 3rd years, it will cover the full fee and offer a stipend of £15,726 on the basis that the student contributes to teaching for a total of 180 hours per annum (this includes both contact and non-contact hours and is in line with research council scholarships).
AHRC DTP Awards
A number of AHRC
Studentships is to be awarded by open competition to prospective UCL MPhil/PhD
students. Applicants who wish to be considered for one of these
studentships must first submit a complete application for admission to a
political theory or political philosophy PhD with the Department of Political
All studentships are extremely competitive and only candidates with an excellent academic record and strong research proposal are awarded.
Full award studentships available to Home students cover the cost of approved tuition fees and
provide a maintenance grant or ‘stipend.’ EU candidates will be
eligible for a fees only award.
Further information can be found on the LAHP website.
Information about postgraduate research in political philosophy in UCL Department of Politics can be found on our website which includes details about our staff and their research interests.
ESRC DTC 1+3 and +3 Awards
number of ESRC Studentships is awarded annually by open competition to
prospective UCL MPhil/PhD students. Applicants who wish to be
considered for one of these studentships must first submit a complete
application for admission to the PhD. Full award studentships available
to Home students cover the cost of approved tuition fees and provide a
maintenance grant or ‘stipend.’ EU candidates will be eligible for a
fees only award.
Departmental Teaching Assistantships
All PhD students who are registered on the Department's PhD programme and who have successfully completed the first year in the programme are eligible to apply for a Departmental Teaching Assistantship. All eligible PhD students are considered for these positions. The duties of a Teaching Assistant include seminar teaching and coursework/examination marking.
Global Excellence Scholarship - (Masters and PhD candidates)
Global Excellence Scholarships aim to reward academic excellence among
new UCL students. The value of the scholarship is £5,000 and is tenable
for one year only. Global Excellence Scholarships are awarded on the
basis of academic excellence, achievement and potential. Financial
circumstances of the candidates are not taken into account. There is no
formal application process for this scholarship as all students who
apply for study (Masters or PhD) in the Department by the
deadline stated at the top of the page in the year they wish to commence
study are eligible and will be considered by the department for
nomination to the Faculty/College selection committees.