Doctoral Studentships in Humanities or Social Science Research in UK 2021

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Doctoral Studentships in Humanities or Social Science Research in the UK is ongoing for 2021. This scheme enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health.

Doctoral Studentships in Humanities or Social Science Research in UK 2021

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A Doctoral studentship is usually for three years, although they consider requests to undertake PhDs on a part-time basis (for instance, if you have a family commitment or intends up another career for sufficient hours to maintain a professional accreditation).

Doctoral Studentships in Humanities or Social Science Research in UK 2021 Scheme at a Glance

  • Career stage: postgraduate training.
  • Where your host organization is based: the UK, Republic of Ireland.
  • Low- or middle-income countries (apart from mainland China).
  • Level of funding: Stipend, research expenses, and tuition fees.
  • Duration of funding: usually three years.


The application deadline is 2 March 2021, 17:00 GMT. The decision will be made in May 2021.


Support for the studentship includes:

  • a studentship stipend
  • approved tuition fees, according to the rate charged by the training organization
  • conference attendance
  • research expenses necessary for the successful and safe completion of the research project, including the cost of overseas fieldwork. You will need to justify your research expenses. You can ask for.

Who can Apply? 

  • You can apply for a Doctoral Studentship if you want to complete a 3-year Ph.D. in any humanities or social science area on a topic related to health.
  • At the point of applying, you should hold, or expect to hold, a relevant Master’s degree, or have equivalent research experience. 
  • You must have been accepted onto a Ph.D. program with an eligible host organization in the UK, Republic of Ireland, or a low- or middle-income country (apart from mainland China). You should have a written statement to confirm this from someone at the relevant level of authority. 
  • You must not have started your Ph.D.
  • You can be of any nationality.

Fees for Nationals of High-Income Countries

Nationals of the UK and Republic of Ireland are eligible to pay home fees. Nationals of all other high-income countries will need to pay international fees.

From 1 January 2021, this also includes EU and EEA nationals. We recommend that you check with your host organization to see what fees you’ll need to pay.

If you need to pay an international fee (we cover the home fee), you should either:

  • Ask your intended host organization to confirm that they will charge a home fee rather than a higher international fee. In your application, you should include written confirmation of this, signed by someone at the relevant level of authority. 


  • Get additional funding to cover the difference between the home fee and the international fee from an external source, although the project must remain a Welcome Ph.D. (we do not part-fund). Please state the source of your funding in your application.

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