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Funding for research students


The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy offers an invigorating educational experience built upon our international reputation for research and teaching excellence. Our PhD students are part of a community of more than 200 doctoral students based in the heart of Bloomsbury, London’s intellectual quarter. They receive one-on-one supervision from leading scholars and benefit from world-class teaching and research training. Birkbeck PhDs go on to academic positions in leading universities worldwide and excel in a variety of professional fields.

The School offers fully funded postgraduate research opportunities each year, including ESRC and AHRC studentships, the SSHP Postgraduate Research Scholarship and the Bonnart Trust PhD scholarship. Please check this page regularly for up-to-date information on deadlines for October 2019 entry.


SSHP Postgraduate Research Scholarships

The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy will offer up to six fully funded MPhil/PhD Postgraduate Research Scholarships for 2019 /20 entry.

Closing date for applications: Friday, 8 March 2019.

Find out more about the SSHP research scholarships.

 

Bonnart Trust PhD Scholarship
Addressing Intolerance and Integration

A fully funded three-year postgraduate Bonnart Trust PhD Scholarship, to commence in October 2019, will be awarded by the School to an outstanding candidate whose research topic explores one of the following themes:

  • Diversity and Belonging
  • Minorities and Social Justice.

Closing date for applications: Friday 1 February 2019.

Find out more about the Bonnart Trust scholarship.

 

ESRC Studentships

Competition for ESRC Studentship for October 2019 is now open

The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy is a member of the prestigious ESRC-funded UCL, Bloomsbury and East London (UBEL) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). Fully-funded ESRC studentships (including +3 and 1+3 routes) related to a range of disciplinary pathways are available through this DTP.

Applicants are advised to make contact, well in advance of the application deadline, with Birkbeck's UBEL pathway leads:

Archaeology and Heritage Studies: Dr Jen Baird

Economic and Social History: Dr Jessica Reinisch

Gender and Sexuality: Dr Kate Maclean

Human Geography: Dr Jasmine Gideon

Linguistics: Prof Zhu Hua

Politics and International Relations: Dr Dermot Hodson

Psychosocial Studies: Dr Silvia Posocco

Sociology: Prof. Stephen Frosh

Closing Date for Applications: Applicants must apply to one of the UBEL DTP pathways by 4pm (GMT) on 8 January 2019 but they must first apply to an MPhil/PhD programme (or MRes programme for 1+3 applications) that forms one of the training routes for this pathway. The deadlines for applying to departments/programmes vary between 1 December 2018 and 8 January 2019 and late applications will not be accepted. Please contact the pathway leads listed above for details about these deadlines and further information.

Find out more about the ESRC studentships

 

AHRC CHASE Studentships

Competition for AHRC CHASE studentship for October 2019 is now open

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships are available for PhD studies in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, Birkbeck, beginning in Autumn 2019. These studentships are a result of recently announced funding for the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-east England (CHASE) doctoral training programme. Please visit the website (https://www.chase.ac.uk/apply/) for full details of CHASE studentship, in particular, the benefits of CHASE studentship and eligibility.

Applicants are advised to make contact, well in advance of the application deadline, with the school CHASE leads:

Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication: Professor Zhu Hua (zhu.hua@bbk.ac.uk)

Department of Geography: Dr Jasmine Gideon (j.gideon@bbk.ac.uk)

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology: Professor Catharine Edwards (c.edwards@bbk.ac.uk)

Department of Philosophy: Dr Michael Garnett (m.garnett@bbk.ac.uk)

Department of Politics: Dr Dermot Hodson (d.hodson@bbk.ac.uk)

Department of Psychosocial Studies: Dr Silvia Posocco (s.posocco@bbk.ac.uk); Professor Stephen Frosh (s.frosh@bbk.ac.uk)

Closing date for applications:

Applicants must first apply to an MPhil/PhD programme in the school.  The deadlines for applying to departments/programmes vary between 1 December 2018 and 11 January 2019 and late applications will not be accepted. Please contact the pathway leads listed above for details about these deadlines and further information.

 

NERC London-DTP studentships

The Department of Geography is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) London DTP2. NERC funded projects include fees, a student stipend, which is set in line with RCUK guidelines, and a research grant to cover any expenses associated with the project. Applications for the 2019 programme will open in November 2018.

Find out more information on NERC studentships, including the application process, eligibility and the benefits of NERC studentship. You can also find a range of exemplar projects on this site, including projects suggested by Birkbeck staff members. If you want to know more about these projects, or have your own idea for a project, do not hesitate to contact an appropriate member of our academic staff.

Applicants are advised to make contact, well in advance of the application deadline, with the school NERC lead: Dr Becky Briant

Closing date for applications:

Applications are being made to the DTP and not to a specific project.Only one application per applicant is required. You can state on the application form which research theme you are interested in, but the programme is designed to introduce all successful applicants to a range of areas covering all themes.

This year’s deadlines:

  • Nov – Applications open
  • Jan – Application deadline
  • Feb – Interviews held in London
  • Mar – Offers confirmed

 

International Scholarships

We offer a number of scholarships specifically for international students. Some are offered directly by Birkbeck; others are offered in partnership with other organisations.

Find out more about our International scholarships.