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Funded International Development Studentships

  Faculty of Social Sciences

About the Programme

International Development PhD studentships at a leading university

Study at UEA and you'll be encouraged to challenge conventions and change the world for the better.

Join world-leading researchers in UEA's School of International Development, ranked 1st among development institutions for overall research quality, impact, environment and outputs in Anthropology and Development studies (Times Higher REF Analysis 2021).

UEA has fostered a culture of first-rate research by putting its postgraduate students at the heart of active research teams and encouraging them to make discoveries that affect real-life policy.

Internationally renowned, UEA is a  UK Top 20 university for research quality (Times Higher Education Rankings for the Research Excellence Framework 2021), based in the dynamic, cultural and historical city of Norwich,  named the best place to live in the East of England 2022 by the Sunday Times. UEA's Doctoral College reflects the values of the city and its university by creating a supportive, encouraging atmosphere to help students achieve their research objectives. 

Application Deadline: 

Deadlines for application are listed on our information pages, where you will also find details of fees and funding

A number of funded and self-funded PhD projects are offered throughout the academic year. Further projects will be advertised in due course.

We welcome applications from students with their own funding all year - please enquire () for further information.


Social Sciences Graduate School Research PhD Studentships are offered to prospective candidates. The Studentships will be available under the Scheme to applicants who, in their research proposal, can clearly demonstrate academic excellence in areas relevant to the strategic interests of the School of International Development.

Please see our International Development Research Areas and Academic Profiles for more details, and for the research interests of individual members of staff.

To be considered for this award, you should make an application for admission to a PhD in the normal manner, but you should indicate the intention to be considered for an open studentship under the Postgraduate Studentships Scheme. Candidates will be interviewed, usually via telephone or Skype, as part of the selection process. Please contact your potential supervisor to discuss any specific queries about your proposal or application. For more general enquiries, or for questions about the application process, please contact the UEA PGR Office:

As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2023 please note that our school will be evolving to its new name, School of Global Development.  

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Funding Notes

The Studentships cover tuition fees (Home/International rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £17,668 per year), and a research training support grant and are open to UK, EU and International students (currently £750 per year). Applications for all studentships are invited from suitably qualified graduates. Candidates applying for a PhD studentship should hold, or expect to hold, relevant undergraduate and master's degrees (or equivalent) including some research experience. Candidates applying for a 1+3 studentship should hold or expect to hold a relevant undergraduate degree. EU and International applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in the English Language.

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