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University of Essex Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarships 2015

Our University of Essex Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarships support talented PhD students to study at the University. These awards are available to students who can demonstrate an excellent academic background and the potential for future achievement, as well as financial need. They are awarded for each year of study during the standard minimum period of enrolment for your degree, subject to satisfactory progress.

Scholarship value

The award consists of a full Home/EU fee waiver or equivalent fee discount for overseas students (likely to be around £4,000 in 2015-16), living costs of £12,000 per year (combining an annual stipend (£8,000) and a Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship (£4,000) in years two and three), plus a training bursary of £250 per year and Proficio points, which may be used to 'buy' advanced skills training.


This award is available to UK, EU and international full-time PhD students. Successful international applicants will need to fund the balance of the tuition fees. To be eligible, you must hold an offer from the University of Essex for a PhD, Integrated PhD or full-time Professional Doctorate (not MPhil, Doctor of Medicine, Masters by Dissertation or part-time Professional Doctorate) for 2015-16 entry.

Application deadline

We are pleased to announce that we have a limited number of awards remaining for students who will be studying in Government. These will be available for either an October 2015 or January 2016 start date. Please email funding@essex.ac.uk by noon on Friday 4 September if you would like to apply and we will send you an application form. The deadline to submit your application is Sunday 6 September.

Selection process

Candidates will be selected for the award of a scholarship on the following criteria:

  • academic ability - based on previous academic qualifications, normally a Master's degree with distinction or merit
  • research potential - based on the candidate's research proposal submitted with their application, as well as their statement on the scholarship application form
  • professional development potential - based on the candidate's skills, aptitudes and potential to support their department's undergraduate teaching or research activities
  • financial need - based on evidence provided on the scholarship application form

Note, applicants may only receive one award administered by the University of Essex and, if an applicant is already in receipt of another University award (including the Alumni Loyalty Discount), the larger of the two awards will be allocated

Successful applications

Successful candidates will be notified shortly after the closing date. Formal notification of a Scholarship award will be sent from the Funding Team.

Further information

  • March 2015

    Terms and conditions

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    University of Essex Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarships: terms and conditions

For further information on PhD study at Essex, please see the web pages for the department to which you are applying:

Applying to the University

If you have not made an application for your course study, please complete our online application form.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the application process, please email funding@essex.ac.uk.