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Postgraduate Study

Funding Opportunities

The Centre (via the Department of Politics and International Studies) puts forward a limited number of students each year for ESRC studentships.  This needs to be clearly stipulated by the prospective student on their application. 

Students wishing to conduct fieldwork should be mindful of the related costs, such as travel, accommodation and visas. There is only limited financial help available through the Department to support the costs of fieldwork and conferences. Applicants should not expect to rely on this as the sole source of funds for their fieldwork. Details of  funding can be found on the Departmental Fieldwork Fund webpage, but this can be subject to change.

General Funding Opportunities


Fees and Maintenance

My fee status is:

I shall have the following financial dependants:

Your Estimated Annual Commitment:

Component Cost
University Composition Fee £9,858
Maintenance £18,625
Total Annual Commitment £28,483

Students wishing to conduct fieldwork should be mindful of the related costs, such as travel, accommodation and visas. There is only limited financial help available through the Department to support the costs of fieldwork and applicants should not expect to rely on this as the sole source of funds for their fieldwork. Details of the existing Fieldwork Fund can be found here, but can be subject to change. 

If you study part-time, the University Composition Fee will be 60% of the annual full-time fee for 5 years; or 75% of the annual full-time fee for 4 years.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

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

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Feb. 28, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.


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