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Commonwealth Research Studentships in UK 2019

Commonwealth Research Studentships in UK 2019

Partially Funded
Country: UK
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Applications are open for the Commonwealth Research Journal of International Affairs and the journal’s publisher, Routledge. It is in association with the ACU and funded by the round table. Two Commonwealth-related studentships are available each year for study in the UK. One for UK-registered students (to the value of £4,000), and one for Commonwealth students in other countries to undertake a short study placement in the UK (to the value of £8,000).

Proposed research must either:

  • Relate to the Commonwealth as a whole or to any Commonwealth-wide institution or organization, or
  • Have a strong Commonwealth comparative aspect, or
  • Be of relevance to a Commonwealth country other than the UK.

For example, a research project comparing LGBT rights in South Africa and Uganda would be eligible, as would a project on the reform of colonial-era anti-LGBT legislation in India, but a project on the role of Stonewall in advocating for LGBT rights in the UK would not.

Moreover, applications are welcomed from a broad range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, but preference may be given to disciplines usually covered by the Round Table journal, including (but not exclusively) politics, international relations, economics, international history, geography, law, development studies, and area studies.

Further, an outline of the intended use of the funds is to be provided with the application. This should include information such as the intended period of study; also, the specific topic of the proposed research; explanation of why the applicant is hoping to undertake this research; what Commonwealth value the findings might have; and what the applicant intends to do after obtaining a doctorate.


  • The first studentship for UK-registered student has a value of £4,000.
  • The second studentship for Commonwealth students to travel to the UK has a value of £8,000.


  • The first studentship is open to registered PhD students from UK universities. Further, who are resident in the UK at the time of applying for the award, although not necessarily UK citizens.
  • The second is open to registered PhD students from ACU member universities anywhere in the Commonwealth, and to Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarship alumni who are PhD students at any Commonwealth university outside the UK, who wish to travel to a UK university for their period of research, before returning to complete their PhD at their home university.
  • Chevening alumni would need to wait at least two years after the end of their Chevening award. Before applying for a Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth Studentship, in order to satisfy the criteria for the Chevening award.
  • Research should fall within the broad range of humanities and social sciences disciplines.


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline30 June,2019
Open to ACU Members
OrganizerAssociation of Commonwealth Universities
Contact the organizer+44 (0)20 7380 6700



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