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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

We are offering 12 scholarships in our Faculty of Social Sciences for entry in 2015-16. The Departments of Government, Economics, Sociology, Language and Linguistics and The Essex Business School are participating in the scheme. 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.

How to apply

You should complete the University of Essex Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarship application form online via your myEssex applicant portal. This will become available to you once you have received an official offer of admission for a relevant course from the Graduate Admissions Office.

Application deadline

Applications for the University of Essex Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarship close on 1 March 2015.

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 normally be notified by the end of April 2015. 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.