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Birkbeck offers funded PhDs for BAME candidates

Birkbeck marks 100 years since joining the University of London by offering five studentships for PhD students from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

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The College has a relatively high percentage of BAME students compared with other universities, but at PhD level, the representation of BAME students is lower. To address this, the College launched the Diversity 100 to encourage BAME candidates with exceptional research potential to consider academic research.

Candidates can apply to programmes in the College’s five schools and are required to submit a 250 abstract alongside their application form.  The studentships come with financial support for Home fees, covering all tuition fees £4,407 a year for 2020 -21 and a tax-free stipend for living expenses worth up to £17,285 a year for 2020-21 for up to three years full time and five years part-time. The award is exclusively for students from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and will begin in Autumn 2020.

Julian Swann, Pro-Vice Master of Research said: “I am delighted that we have been able to fund these new research awards for BAME students. Birkbeck has a long history of widening access to higher education and compared with other institutions, we have a relatively high proportion of BAME students but representation at doctoral level is significantly lower than across our student population as a whole. I hope that these awards will help to address this and support more BAME students to lead research at the highest levels.”

Applications close on Monday 11 May 2020.

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