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Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) PhD Scholarships

Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) PhD Scholarships

The University of Kent is delighted to invite applications for 10 Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) doctoral research scholarships, starting in the academic year 2020-2021 (from September 2020).

  • Annual Tuition fees at the UKRI Home/EU rate (£4,327 2019/20) plus annual stipend at UKRI rates (£15,009 2019/20).
  • The scholarship competition is open to all new postgraduate research applicants, in any discipline.

GCDC scholars will receive the following:

  • Annual stipend at UKRI rates for 3.5 years (for 2019/20 this was £15,009)
  • Annual tuition fees at UKRI Home/EU rates for 3.5 years (£4,327 for 2019/20)
  • A Research Training Support Grant of £1,500 per year for the first 3 years of study
  • Specialised interdisciplinary GCDC cohort training activities

The scholarship call is open to applicants from all nationalities. Applicants paying overseas fees can still apply: four GCDC scholarships will be offered at the international rate and some academic schools may be able to support other applicants financially beyond the UKRI level.

GCDC research projects must meet Official Development Assistance (ODA) compliance requirements. This means the research must directly and primarily benefit the economic and social problems faced by developing countries on the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

The GCRF has identified three principal challenges that research projects should address:

  1. Equitable access to sustainable development;
  2. Sustainable economies and societies; and
  3. Human rights, good governance and social justice.

In addition, the research project has to fit within the wider aims and specified challenges of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

How to apply

Applications for GCDC scholarships can be both student-led and project-led.

Project-led scholarships

  • School of Biosciences/School of Economics: ‘Investigating the diversity, spread and prevention of diarrhoeal pathogens in vulnerable populations in developing countries’ (Dr Anastasios Tsaousis, Dr Mark Shepherd, Dr Bansi Malde)
  • School of Anthropology and Conservation: ‘Human-elephant co-existence in a post-ivory ban landscape’ (Dr David Roberts and Prof Bob Smith)
  • School of Politics and International Relations: ‘Engaging Citizens in Post-Conflict Reconstruction’ (Dr Edward Morgan-Jones and Prof Neophytos Loizides)
  • School of Biosciences: ‘Defining the molecular basis and health benefits of traditional Asian medicines’ (Dr Marina Ezcurra and Dr Jennifer Tullet)
  • Kent School of Architecture and Planning: ‘The Urban Agriculture Nexus in informal settlements: an investigation on the benefits of urban food growing in the barrios of Bogotá’ (Dr Silvio Caputo)

Full information regarding GCDC eligibility, scholarship criteria and how to apply is available here, you can also find more general funding information on the Kent website.


The deadline for this scholarship is midnight on 19 January 2020.

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