Applications for Roundtable Commonwealth Studentship 2022-2023 for research on commonwealth themes are open.
The Ph.D. studentships provide support for research projects on Commonwealth-related themes.
Two studentships are available each year, to the value of £5,500 GBP each:
- One for students registered at UK universities
- One for students registered at universities in other Commonwealth countries
Proposed research must:
- relate to the Commonwealth as a whole or to any Commonwealth-wide institution or organization, or
- have a strong Commonwealth comparative aspect, or
- be of relevance to a Commonwealth country other than the UK.
For example, a research project comparing LGBT rights in South Africa and Uganda would be eligible, as would a project on the reform of colonial-era anti-LGBT legislation in India, but a project on the role of Stonewall in advocating for LGBT rights in the UK would not.
Applications are welcomed from a broad range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, but preference may be given to disciplines usually covered by the Round Table journal, including (but not exclusively) politics, international relations, economics, international history, geography, law, development studies, and area studies.
The studentships are funded by The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs and the journal’s publisher, Routledge, in association with the ACU.
The first studentship is open to registered Ph.D. students from UK universities, although not necessarily UK citizens.
The second is open to registered Ph.D. students from ACU member universities [https://www.acu.ac.uk/our-members/] in Commonwealth counties other than the UK, and to Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarship alumni who are Ph.D. students at any Commonwealth university outside the UK.
As part of the studentship, applicants are required to identify and work with a mentor at a university in a Commonwealth country [https://thecommonwealth.org/member-countries] other than that in which they are based. This should be an expert in a subject linked to the applicant’s subject of research, who will be able to provide support and advice during the studentship. Before applying, applicants are encouraged to informally approach at least one potential mentor and, if their application is successful, will then be required to obtain a letter of support from their mentor to agree to the mentorship before their studentship is confirmed.
THE ROLE OF THE MENTOR
The mentor will be expected to hold a minimum of two virtual meetings with the student during the period of the studentship. They will be expected to be in contact with the student by email to share their experiences in their relevant field, provide advice around publishing, events, and trends in their field, and challenge and empower the student to consider new ways of thinking.
The mentor will also be expected to contribute to either the podcast or the article and will be paid an honorarium of £500 GBP, payable at the end of the studentship. Mentors must read and abide by the mentor code of conduct guidelines
Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT on 31 July 2022
Announcement of winners: September 2022
Take-up of awards: 1 November 2022 to July 2023
Applications should be submitted by 23:59 GMT on 31 July 2022 via the online application form.
As part of the application, you should submit:
- A CV
- A studentship plan, outlining:
– The work you plan to carry out during the studentship, in non-technical language
– The likely impact of your studentship work, and how it will advance knowledge in your field and contribute to greater understanding of the Commonwealth
– The planned outcomes and outputs of the studentship
- Letters of support from two referees, one academic (preferably your PhD/DPhil supervisor) and one personal.
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