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Diversity100 PhD Studentships

Background information

This year marks 100 years since Birkbeck joined the University of London. Birkbeck is a research-excellent institution profoundly committed to widening participation.

We are concerned with the lack of representation by Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students at doctoral level. Compared with other institutions, our BAME students form a relatively high percentage of overall student numbers, but in all five of our Schools the proportion of BAME students at PhD level is significantly lower.

In this context, Birkbeck is offering five studentships for PhD students starting their studies in Autumn 2020. These scholarships actively address under-representation at the highest level of research, and encourage BAME students to consider academic research in all disciplines. Successful candidates will have a strong academic background and/or exceptional research potential.

Advice for applicants

Value of award

  • These new studentships will offer financial support to Home fees BAME PhD students.
  • The studentships cover all tuition fees (£4,407 a year for 2020-21) and provide a tax-free stipend for living expenses at UK Research Council rate (£17,285 a year for 2020-21) for up to three years full time or five years part time.

Eligibility criteria

  • The awards are for new students beginning their PhD studies in Autumn 2020.
  • Candidates must qualify for Home fees.
  • These studentships are available to BAME PhD applicants only. The following ethnic groups are considered as BAME:
    • Arab
    • Asian - Bangladeshi
    • Asian - Chinese
    • Asian - Indian
    • Asian - Other 
    • Asian - Pakistani
    • Black - African
    • Black - Caribbean
    • Black - Other 
    • Gypsy or Traveller
    • Mixed - White/Black Caribbean
    • Mixed - White/Black African
    • Mixed - White and Asian
    • Mixed - Other 
    • Other - Any other Black or Minority Ethnic Group.

How to apply

  • Apply for a place on an MPhil/PhD programme
    • Applicants must submit a PhD programme application - you may apply for a place in any of the Birkbeck departments listed below. You will find advice on how to apply for the PhD programme, including finding a supervisor and writing a research proposal, on our online PhD programme list.
    • When you complete your programme application, please use the Finance section to state that you intend to apply for a ‘Diversity100 PhD studentship’.
  • Submit an abstract
    • In addition to the PhD programme application, you must submit an abstract of your research proposal to the  by email, using our abstract form. The abstract must be no more than 250 words and must be written in a way that can be understood by a non-specialist.

Available departments

Closing date for applications

  • The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 11 May, 2020.

Selection process

  • Each School will be responsible for considering applications received. Your application for a studentship will be considered on the basis of your completed PhD programme application (including a research proposal if required) and on the basis of your abstract.
  • The process for considering applications will be overseen by a panel chaired by the Assistant Dean for postgraduate research or equivalent in each school.
  • No candidate can take up the award unless they are also offered a place on the relevant doctoral programme.