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I adore the Slavonic Studies PhD programme for its intellectual freedom – it nurtures bold and intriguing research. First, the programme gathers specialists in diverse areas of the humanities and helps students formulate ground-breaking research perspectives that can impact the future of the Slavonic Studies field. I consider this type of cooperation crucial in the formation of the next generation of Slavonic Studies academicians. Second, the programme fosters discussion among PhD students from around the world, who work on diverse research problems and on different chronological periods. This approach  offers students clear possibilities to forge their own unique path in the quest for knowledge. Both these attributes, make the Cambridge Slavonic Studies PhD programme a marvellous place for personal intellectual development.

Stepan, PhD student 2021 (May 2021)

As a PhD in Slavonic Studies, I focus on interdisciplinary research that merges politics, digital media, and civil society studies. I have received tremendous support from my supervisor and the Slavonic Studies Section and have secured grants to study politics and history at Harvard, to study media at the Oxford Internet Institute, and to pursue sociology at the Paris Institute of Political Sciences - all as part of my PhD!

Mariia, PhD student, 2021 (May 2021)

The PhD has given me the really exciting opportunity to conduct research intensively on a subject of my own choice, and to design a project that brings together my previous interests while also allowing me to explore different themes and ideas. In particular, I have always been supported and encouraged to follow these new directions in my work, and have been able to take advantage of the wide-ranging resources available at Cambridge to pursue them. At the same time, I have developed skills in communicating and presenting my work that have made me more confident in approaching my future career – whether in academia or elsewhere. 

Angus, PhD student 2021 (May 21)

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3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Slavonic Studies This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2021
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
May 16, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2022
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 6, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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