DPhil Scholarships

Full Studentship Opportunities for Masters’ to DPhil Studies


The University of Oxford, in partnership with the Open University and Brunel University are pleased to announce the launch of the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) for ESRC studentship funding from October 2017.

The University of Oxford is one of the major providers of social science research training in the UK, and has one of the largest and most diverse pools of academic social scientists producing internationally recognised research. It is home to a number of outstanding departments, which are committed to research to develop a greater understanding of all aspects of society.

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies (SIAS) is the University department devoted to research and graduate teaching in academic disciplines which attempt to understand the complexity and the inter-relatedness of society through anthropology, economics, politics, history, sociology and culture. Its teaching and research seek to take into account both the insights provided by the separate disciplines and the contextualisation provided by in depth knowledge of specific regions and countries.

We now invite applications for Masters’-to-DPhil Studentships to be submitted by 20th January 2017, in the Area Studies training pathway.

These studentships are not intended for taught masters’ degrees on their own. All applicants should envisage continuing to doctoral level study at Oxford University, on one of the specified pathways. For successful applicants, the upgrade to their chosen doctoral programmes is subject to the decision of the DPhil admission committee of the relevant department and is based on the student’s performance in their master’s programme.

How to apply:

Applicants should in the first instance apply to one of the Area Studies MSc or MPhil courses through the standard graduate on-line application form by the January application deadline. Please ensure to indicate when asked in the application that you intend to progress to a research degree upon completion of your master’s.

Application for the studentship should consist of a doctoral-level proposal (max 2000 words) containing a description of the project, the research puzzle to be addressed and the methods to be used, together with a brief timetable for the proposed research; and a curriculum vitae. Applications should be sent to the Administrator for the course you are applying to – please see the individual Programme pages on the SIAS website for details. To contact the Administrator at African Studies please see our contact page.


All applicants must satisfy the ESRC’s citizenship and residence requirements