2023/2024 ACU Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth Studentships Program

The ACU Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth PhD studentships are designed to support research projects focused on Commonwealth-related themes.

Annually, two studentships, each valued up to £5,500 GBP, are awarded, catering to specific university registrations:

  • One for students enrolled at UK universities.
  • One for students enrolled at universities in other Commonwealth countries.

Applications from diverse disciplines within humanities and social sciences are encouraged, with a preference for fields typically covered by the Round Table journal, such as politics, international relations, economics, history, geography, law, development studies, and area studies.

Pure sciences and medicine projects are excluded, but studies pertaining to science and health policies are welcomed.

Proposed research must:

  • Have a Commonwealth-wide focus or comparative aspect.
  • Be relevant to multiple Commonwealth countries.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The first studentship is open to registered PhD students from UK universities, regardless of citizenship.
  • The second is open to registered PhD students from ACU member universities in Commonwealth countries other than the UK, as well as Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarship alumni pursuing a PhD at any Commonwealth university outside the UK.

Successful applicants are required to collaborate with a mentor from a Commonwealth university different from their own, who should be an expert in a subject related to the applicant’s research. A letter of support from this mentor is necessary for confirmation of the studentship.

The award comprises an initial payment of £4,000 GBP upon announcement and a final payment of £1,500 GBP upon the completion of post-studentship requirements.

Method of Application

  • Download and complete the Routledge/Round Table Studentship Awards application form.
  • Submit the form, along with a current CV, to [email protected] by 17.00 BST on Friday, July 28, 2023.

The application form asks you to:

  • A 100-400-word summary of the proposed research topic, intended outcomes, anticipated impact, and how the award would benefit the research.
  • Details of the proposed mentor and two referees, one of whom should be the current PhD/DPhil supervisor.

Your answers can either be typed into the form or sent as attachments.

The form asks for the name of your proposed mentor.

Key Dates

  • Application deadline: 17.00 BST on July 28, 2023.
  • Announcement of winners: September 2023.
  • Award period: November 1, 2023, to July 2024.

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