Fees and funding
Information about course fees is available on the University Postgraduate Course Fees information page.
We are keen to attract the best students whatever their financial circumstances. A range of sources of financial support are therefore available. You can find out more about these by following the links below.
The University runs its own scholarship scheme every year. The deadline for applications for entry in 2014 is 14 February 2014. Please note, however, that only those who have already been offered a place to study are eligible. In order to maximize your chances of success in a competitive field, it is important that you apply for a place as early as possible so that we can work together in developing your studentship case. If you are interested in a studentship, we therefore recommend if possible that you contact our Director of Postgraduate Research Studies, Dr Alan Renwick (email@example.com) no later than 24 January 2014.
The University is proud to be a member of the ESRC's South East Doctoral Training Centre. If you have applied successfully to Reading for a Political subject other than Political Philosophy, you will be eligible to apply for one of the fourteen studentships that have been granted to this DTC. As in the case of the University of Reading Studentships, competition is strong; we therefore urge you to apply for a place at the University early so that we can develop your scholarship application together. The deadline for studentship applications for 2014 entry is 19 February, but, if possible, please contact Dr Alan Renwick (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 24 January to discuss your application.
Some of the ESRC Studentships are reserved for collaborative PhDs. These are doctorates where you spend some of your time at a partner institution outside the University. The partner institution is likely to be interested in your findings and will host you for some of the research process. We are keen to develop collaborative PhD proposals. They do take some time to prepare, so please apply as early as possible. If you would like to discuss your ideas further, please contact our Director of Postgraduate Research Studies, Dr Alan Renwick (email@example.com).
The University is also a member of the AHRC's South, West, and Wales consortium of universities (the SWW DTP). If you have applied successfully to our PhD programme for a subject related to political philosophy or some more historical projects, you will be eligible to apply for the large number of scholarships - up to fifty in 2014 - that are available within this consortium. The deadline for 2014 is 21 February, but please get in touch with Dr Alan Renwick (firstname.lastname@example.org) earlier - if possible by 24 January - to discuss your proposal.
Note that the AHRC programme favours applications for joint supervision across universities or departments within the consortium. Thinking creatively about potential supervisors is therefore important. We will help you in doing that if we think your application is strong.
International applicants (that is, applicants from outside the EU) are eligible to apply for the University's International Research Studentship competition. As detailed on the page linked above, these studentships are available in any subject area, but applications are particularly welcomed in relation to four themes:
- Climate and environmental change
- Agriculture and food security
- Health and well-being
- Resilience in society and culture
Applications to the Department of Politics and International Relations are possible under any of these headings, but we have particular expertise in the politics of environmental change and in the area of resilience and the related concepts of security and peace-building.
The deadline for the International Research Studentship competition is 31 January 2014 and we therefore encourage applicants to get in touch with Dr Alan Renwick (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
SPEIR PhD Fees-Only Awards
The School of Politics, Economics, and International Relations offers fee-only PhD awards to eligible candidates each year. These awards cover tuition fees for a maximum of three years at the Home/EU rate.
The deadline for applications for 2014 entry is 2 May 2014. Prospective students who have submitted a PhD application by this date will automatically be considered for these awards.
A wide range of other funding sources are available. In order to find those for which you may be eligible, please consult the University Funding Database.