ESRC Migration Studies Studentships 2017-18

ESRC Migration Studies Studentships 2018-19

Are you interested in studying for a doctorate (DPhil) in a migration-related subject? Do you have a good first degree in a relevant social science subject? Are you a Home or EU student?

If so, have you considered applying for one of Oxford’s ESRC Migration Studies pathway competition studentships?

Applications are invited for entry in October 2018. The closing date for applications is Friday 19 January 2018.

There are two routes you can take:

  • +3: (if you already have an ESRC-accredited masters in a relevant subject) directly into a DPhil on a migration-related topic.

*The Migration Studies Studentships are not intended for taught master’s degrees on their own. To apply you must be planning to undertake a doctorate. Please also note that successful upgrading to the doctoral programme is subject to approval by the relevant department’s DPhil Admissions Committee, and is based on your performance in the MSc.

The studentships cover the cost of fees for four years (on the 1+3 route) or three years (on the +3 route). Depending on your fee status, an annual stipend may also be payable.

The ESRC awarded Oxford the Migration Studies Studentships in recognition of our research strength in interdisciplinary migration studies, and the two taught masters are offered by Anthropology and International Development (the MSc in Migration Studies) and International Development (the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies) respectively. Students on the 1+3 pathway may progress from one of these masters to doctorates in International Development, Anthropology, Politics and International Relations, Geography, Law, Sociology, Economics or another appropriate department.

How to apply: This is a two-stage process.

Stage 1: You should apply for your chosen degree by the January 2018 application deadline specified on the individual course page, using the standard online graduate application form. Make sure you indicate on the form that you wish to be considered for an ESRC Migration Studies Studentship.

Stage 2: Application for the ESRC funding is separate. There is no application form, but you should send the following:

  • a short letter of application, including your Oxford applicant number;
  • a doctoral-level proposal (3-4 pp.) containing a description of your proposed research project, the problem to be addressed, the methods to be used, and a brief timetable for your proposed research; and
  • your curriculum vitae.

These should be sent to:

The Director of Graduate Studies

c/o Andrea Smith

Postgraduate Courses Coordinator

Oxford Department of International Development

University of Oxford

3 Mansfield Road

Oxford OX1 3TB


Your application for ESRC funding must reach Andrea by 12 noon on Friday 19 January 2018.

Please ensure you have read the information sheet before submitting your application.

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