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AFRICA INTERNATIONAL PGR SCHOLARSHIP

Do you have research interests that relate to Africa? Could you take an interdisciplinary approach to your research? Applications are invited from international students from Africa for three full scholarships to undertake a full-time PhD at King’s College London starting in 2020/21. Funding is available for up to 4 years.


The topic of the PhD must clearly be relevant to the continent of Africa. Interdisciplinary projects are especially encouraged and all projects should fall at the intersection of two or more of the following themes or disciplines:


  1. Conflict, Peace and Security: King’s is world renowned for the study of violent conflict, peace and security. The School of Security Studies and the School of Global Affairs provide a range of programmes of relevance to Africa, with the African Leadership Centre offering particular focus on leadership studies at the security-development nexus.

  2. Global Health: Students in this discipline are exposed to a unique international and interdisciplinary context covering broad areas such as healthcare partnerships, global surgery, palliative care, maternal health, global health governance and policy, mental health, ageing, cancer, oral health and mucosal biology, diabetes and other conditions, conflict and health, migration and health, environment and health.

  3. Development: The study of development at King’s cuts across a range of disciplines with particular concentration in the School of Global Affairs including, development studies with reference to emerging economies in the Department of International Development; environment and development with a potential to examine disasters and adaptation in the Department of Geography; leadership and development at the African Leadership Centre.

  4. Digital Technology: Students in this discipline undertake research into new and emerging internet technologies in the Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences; and the different ways in which digital technologies and methods are transforming society in King’s pioneering Department of Digital Humanities.

Candidates must:

  1. Be African nationals and permanently resident in the relevant country

  2. Be liable for tuition fees at the higher international/overseas rate

  3. Plan to commence a full-time MPhil/PhD programme at King’s College London in the 2020-21 academic year (from October 2020 and by no later than July 2021)

  4. Plan to conduct research that is relevant to Africa, at the intersection of two or more of the given themes or disciplines, as described below.

  5. Hold an admissions offer for an MPhil/PhD programme at King’s by 1 April 2020

  6. Apply for the scholarship by no later than 1 April 2020


The Scholarship covers An annual stipend (living allowance) at the UKRI rate (for the year 2019-21, this was set at £17,009), Full international tuition fees, and Research Support Grant (up to £5k/year, depending on the faculty). Applicants must apply by 23:59 GMT on 1 April 2020 here https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/funding/africa-international-pgr-scholarships.


First, apply for admissions via the online admissions system and obtain an offer of a place by no later than 1 April 2020. Secondly, submit a separate online funding application to the Centre for Doctoral Studies by no later than 1 April 2020. Only those who meet the eligibility criteria and who have applied in time for the scholarship will be considered.

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