International Global Challenges Doctoral Scholarship – The University of Kent

Gavin Esler giving award at graduation ceremony in Canterbury CathedralThe School of Politics and IR is delighted to announce an international Global Challenges Doctoral Scholarship to commence in the 2018/19 academic year, under the supervision of Professor Elena Korosteleva.  Annual stipend at UKRI rates (£14,777 for 2018/19) plus payment of tuition fees, with School funding to cover OS fee difference for three years and a minimum research training support grant of £3500

The GCRF PhD Scholarship is offered as part of the GCRF COMPASS project, which in partnership with the top-level HEIs in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, seeks to explore a novel ‘adaptive governance approach’ to make global and domestic governance more effective and sustainable. The project develops the concepts of resilience as self-governance, with the emphasis on the ‘peoplehood’, identity and a ‘sense of good life’ for local communities; regime legitimacy and capacity-building; as well as domestic and international order formation within the framework of a Multi-Order World (Flockhart 2016). 


A prospective PhD candidate should have a good knowledge of the eastern region (including Central Asia), and IR scholarship, to be able to develop a novel perspective on and an understanding of changing international relations in the region, and the increasing role of ‘the local’ in shaping global order.

How to apply

Submission of an online application for a PhD place in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent including:

  • A transcript of degree marks to date and certificate, if completed
  • A research proposal up to a maximum of 1,500 words in length
  • Two academic referees
  • A current CV

Once you have submitted an application, please submit a cover letter stating why you should be awarded the scholarship to (please include ‘International Global Challenges Doctoral Scholarship’ in the subject header of your email).


Midnight (GMT) Thursday 14 June 2018

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