Scholarships and Student Funding

University of Edinburgh – University of Leiden Joint Funded PhD Studentships

The University of Edinburgh is offering a PhD training partnership in African Studies between the Universities of Edinburgh and Leiden, which will offer four fully-funded, four-year PhD studentships.


A maximum of four awards will be offered. The studentships will be fully funded for four years, covering tuition fees and a stipend for living expenses. The stipend will be set at the UKRI 2020-2021 rate.  


The studentships will be awarded competitively and are open to UK, EU and overseas students applying to start their PhD programme of study in 2020-2021.

Research topics

Applicants to the CAS studentships are required to submit a research proposal. The research proposal must relate to the topic of urbanisation, as well one (or more) of the CAS priority research themes listed below. Please note, priority research themes for ASCL may differ, and applicants targeting the two Leiden studentships are advised to consult guidance on the ASCL website.

Borders and Infrastructures;

Economic Development and Change;

Law and Justice;

Marginality, Movement, Services and Statehood;

Peace and Conflict;

Science, Technology and Environment;

The Politics of Data and the Digital.

If you select more than one of these themes, you will need to rank them in order of importance.

Requirements for the research proposal. 


Applicants are required to have A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, and a UK masters degree with an overall mark of 65%, or its international equivalent.

English language proficiency

Should you receive a conditional offer, you must be able to demonstrate English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence. Full English language requirements can be found on the University degree finder.


The deadline for applications is 01 May 2020.  

applicants are required to provide the following information saved WITHIN ONE PDF FILE.

  1. Academic CV to include full name, nationality, place of birth and country of domicile.
  2. A research of proposal of no more than 2,000 words, excluding references. The proposal should relate to the topic of urbanisation, as well one (or more) of Centre of African Studies priority research themes.
  3. Where more than one priority research theme is cited, applicants must include a ranking of themes in order of importance to their project.
  4. Two signed referee letters of reference. Candidates are required to submit at least one academic reference. The second reference may be academic or professional.
  5. A short letter of support for your proposal from a subject area member at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre of African Studies who is willing to supervise your project.
  6. Degree transcripts (translations should be provided if the originals are not in English)

Where information is missing, the application may not be considered.

The PDF file should be emailed with the title ‘African Studies Application’ to the following address by the application deadline:

Further Information

Queries regarding discipline or research topic-specific eligibility or the availability of supervisors should be directed to Dr Andrew Bowman -

General enquiries can be directed to 

Centre of African Studies -