New scholarships available for students working on migration

As a public-facing civic-oriented institution, Kent believes that universities – and our institution in particular – can play a key role as leaders of intellectual debates and as researchers around migration and movement. For many years, migration and movement has been a key area of research and expertise at the University of Kent; we are therefore delighted to invite applications for two new PhD scholarships, opening new pathways into this important field.

The winners of this scholarship will be part of a vibrant community of scholars and practitioners working in this field across disciplines from literature to sociology and from politics to drama. One of the two scholarships is named in honour of Emeritus Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah, winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature and a former student and member of staff in the School of English at the University of Kent, whose work and personal life have highlighted the condition of migrants and refugees. 

The call is open to home and overseas candidates interested in pursuing a PhD programme in any discipline at the University of Kent on a research project directly linked to the themes of migration and movement. Interdisciplinary projects are warmly encouraged, but applications that fall within a single discipline are also welcome.

Click here to learn more about the application process and criteria. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from minority backgrounds (as protected by the UK Equality Act 2010) and people with lived experience of migration and/or forced displacement as they are under-represented at this level in this area.