King’s College London Africa International PGR Scholarships 2022-23 For PhD Students (Fully Funded)

Three (3) full scholarships are available for 2022/23 entry, to support international students from Africa to undertake full-time doctoral research degrees (Ph.D.) at King’s College London.

About The Award – Africa International PGR Scholarships

Applications are invited from international students from Africa for three full scholarships to undertake a full-time Ph.D. at King’s College London starting in 2022/23. Funding is available for up to 4 years.

Do you have research interests that relate to Africa?

Could you take an interdisciplinary approach to your research?

The topic of the Ph.D. must clearly be important to the continent of Africa.

Interdisciplinary projects are highly placed and encouraged. Therefore, all projects must fall at the intersection of two or more of the following disciplines:

Conflict, Peace, and Security: King’s is world-renowned for the study of violent conflict, peace, and security. The School of Security Studies and the School of Global Affairs provide a variety of programs of relevance to Africa, with the African Leadership Centre offering a particular focus on leadership studies at the security-development nexus.

Global Health: Students in this field are exposed to a unique international and interdisciplinary context covering broad areas such as healthcare partnerships, global surgery, palliative care, maternal health, global health governance and policy, mental health, aging, cancer, oral health, and mucosal biology, diabetes and other conditions, conflict and health, migration and health, environment and health.

Development: The study of development at King’s is spread across a range of disciplines with a particular focus on the School of Global Affairs including, development studies with reference to emerging economies in the Department of International Development; environment and development with a potential to examine disasters and adaptation in the Department of Geography; leadership and development at the African Leadership Centre.

Digital Technology: Students in this field undertake research into new and emerging internet technologies in the Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences; and the several ways in which digital technologies and methods are transforming society in King’s pioneering Department of Digital Humanities.

Award Value

The Scholarship benefits include:

Full international tuition fees.

An annual stipend (living allowance): at the UKRI rate (for the year 2021/22, this was set at £17,609).

Research Support Grant: up to £5000/year, depending on the research project.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants MUST:

* Be African citizens and be permanently resident in an African country.

* Be liable for tuition fees at the higher international/overseas rate.

* Plan to start a full-time MPhil/Ph.D. program at King’s College London in the 2022-23 academic year (from October 2022 and by no later than June 2023);

* Plan to conduct research that is of great importance to Africa and which must fall at the intersection of two or more of the given themes or disciplines, as described in the ‘Award Details’ section;

* Have applied to King’s College London for the scholarship (as instructed in the ‘Application Process’ section below) and meet the given deadlines.

Please note

  • Existing doctoral degree students are not eligible to apply.
  • The scholarship cannot be held on a part-time basis.
  • Professional doctorate degrees are not eligible.
  • Distance learning programs are not eligible.
  • Clinical PhDs (those with the higher clinical rate tuition fees) are not eligible.
  • The scholarship cannot commence prior to October 2022.

Application Process

Applications Open: February 2022

Applications Close: 18 March 2022, 23:59 GMT

How to Apply

STEP 1. Find a Suitable Doctorate Degree program and a Supervisor from King’s College London.

Please ensure that you are fully aware of the entry requirements for your chosen program before applying. Please also carefully consider how your proposed research project is of importance to Africa and aligns with at least two of our specified themes/disciplines (see above).

STEP 2. By the deadline of 18 March 2022 (23:59 GMT), you MUST:

Have submitted an admissions application to King’s College London for a full-time MPhil/Ph.D. degree program with a 2022-23 start date (i.e., no earlier than 1 October 2022 and no later than June 2023) using the King’s online admissions application system – Please upload all necessary supporting materials by this stage where possible – Refer to Step 3 for further guidance on supporting documentation.

On the ‘Funding’ Section of your King’s Apply application, you MUST tick the box at item 5 (Award Scheme Code or Name) and enter the funding code: 2223-AFRICA (Please copy and paste the code exactly!). If you submitted your admissions application before including the funding code, simply log back into King’s Apply to update the ‘Funding’ section of your application. If you experience any issues with this, please contact the admissions office via the messaging section of your application for immediate assistance.

Complete a different ‘Africa International PGR Scholarships 2022-23 Form’ and attach this to the ‘Funding’ Section of your application on King’s Apply using the ‘File Upload’ option at the bottom of the page; under the ‘Document Category’ dropdown menu select ‘Sponsorship Document’ or ‘Other’. If you submitted your admissions application before uploading the Africa International PGR scholarship form, simply log back into King’s Apply to update the ‘Funding’ section of your application. If you experience any issues with this, please contact the admissions office via the messaging section of your application for immediate assistance.

STEP 3. By the deadline of 1 April 2022 (23:59 GMT), you MUST:

Ensure that your admissions application is complete with all necessary supporting materials, as required by your chosen doctoral program. Any outstanding supporting material/documents, such as references, transcripts, certificates, research proposals, personal statements, etc., must be provided on or before this deadline. For guidance on what you need to provide, please check the online prospectus page for your chosen doctoral program. It is your responsibility to follow up on any outstanding material.

*Note that evidence of a valid English language proficiency test (where required) is not absolutely necessary at this point, but any outstanding English conditions (if applicable) must eventually be met in time before the commencement of your doctoral program if you are successfully offered a scholarship.

*If you have already submitted an application via King’s Apply for an MPhil/Ph.D. degree at King’s that meets the eligibility criteria, you don’t need to reapply, but you must ensure that your program commencement date matches the eligibility criteria and you must still add the funding code and attach a completed ‘Africa International PGR Scholarships 2022-23 Form’ to your admissions application by 18th March 2022, as instructed above. In addition, step 3 (above) must also be met in due course.

Please note

This scholarship is offered directly by King’s College London, and we do not request an application fee for any reason.

Students who don’t input the funding code and fail to upload a completed ‘Africa International PGR Scholarships 2022-23 Form’, exactly as instructed, will not be picked up when we extract details from King’s Apply, so it is important that the application instructions are followed correctly!

IMPORTANT: Only those who have applied as instructed and meet the eligibility criteria can be considered for the scholarship.

Selection Process

Once the application deadline has passed, the Admissions Office and the Centre for Doctoral Studies (CDS) Office will gather and record the details of all the admissions applications submitted with our 2223-AFRICA funding code and Africa International PGR Scholarships 2022-23 Form.

The Admissions Office and the CDS Office will check the eligibility of all applicants, and all applications that are deemed eligible will be distributed to faculties for assessment and selection.

Academic faculties will put forward their ranked shortlist of candidates to the CDS office by 20 May 2022.

Following faculty selection, applicants who are shortlisted will be assessed by a central panel that will finalize the outcome of the competition.

The assessment of applications is based on:

Quality of student – past achievement, readiness for doctoral study, long-term aims.

Quality of project – concept/design of the proposal, fit with King’s and program themes.

Feasibility and benefit to Africa – scale/scope of the project, the feasibility of training/fieldwork/research, potential impact.

Note: Ineligible candidates will not be considered and those who do not already hold an admission offer will likely have their admissions application returned as unsuccessful via King’s Apply.

Decisions will be announced by the end of June 2022 at the latest.

For more information

Visit the official webpage of King’s College London Africa International PGR Scholarships 2022-23


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