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PhD Scholarships in Global Development

Posted on 28 November 2018

IGDC Scholarships

We have two full scholarships to offer to exceptional and committed Uk and EU only applicants, which will be for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.  Areas where we are keen to promote scholarship include:

Global health and development. Possible areas for research might include the political economy of threats to health including tobacco and environmental degradation, and health governance.

Human rights, citizenship and health inequalities in the Global South. Possible areas for research might include disability, reproductive health, and mental health.

Natural environments and natural resources in the Global South. Possible areas for research might include governance of natural resources, environmental risk and resilience, and food and water security

Challenging mainstream views of development. Possible areas for research might include environmental justice, social movements, and innovations in development finance

These areas of interest are not exclusive, and applications for other topics are welcome, as are applications that cut across these areas. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities and disabled people.  

The successful candidate will be supervised by two members of the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC), which is led by the Department of Politics.

The Department of Politics is one of the leading centres for research and teaching in Politics and International Studies in the United Kingdom. It was ranked eighth in the country for its research performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and is in the top ten of both the Guardian and Times/Sunday Times league tables. This is an opportunity to work with leading researchers to contribute to interdisciplinary research that addresses at least one of the major global challenges. The PhD studentships are funded by the University of York.


We offer two full time 3-year scholarships, covering UK/EU studies, to include tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of £14,777

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 23rd January 2019.

To apply:

Candidates should have:

  • A good (2-1 minimum) undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline.


  • A Masters (MA or MSc) degree in a relevant discipline, already awarded or expected.
  • Experience in conducting both qualitative and/or quantitative research methods and/ or experience of fieldwork.

Applicants must complete and submit an online admissions application, via the University of York postgraduate online application system (

In your application, you will be asked to include:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Research proposal of approximately 1000 words
  • Two academic references
  • Sample of written work (this can include an essay or introduction to a dissertation)
  • Personal statement.
  • CV
  • If English is not your first language, the English language requirement is IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component.

For queries regarding the application process, please contact

We strongly encourage potential applicants to contact us at  for informal discussions before applying online.