Does your research align with Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) objectives/themes? Become an affiliate student of the Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC), and join an interdisciplinary community of PhDs with shared research interests. Read about our current affiliates here.

Benefits of becoming a GCDC affiliate student

  • Priority in enrolling/participating in GCDC in-depth methods workshops
  • Added to the GCDC student mailing list to receive direct updates on GCDC training activities and events
  • Student profile on GCDC website
  • Access to and exchange with an interdisciplinary community of PhD researchers working on GCRF-related themes

Criteria and how to apply

The GCDC Affiliate student scheme is open to all PhD student currently enrolled at the University of Kent and there is no deadline for applications. Simply fill out the form here, and we will be in touch with the outcome within one week.

What’s on

For the remainder of the academic year 2018-2019, we are planning the following activities:

Not a University of Kent student but want to stay up to date on GCDC activities and opportunities? Why not complete our keeping in touch form here.

Background on the GCDC

The GCDC was established in the academic year 2018-2019. It is dedicated to doctoral research addressing the challenges of economic development and well-being faced by developing countries on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.

Four GCDC doctoral students have already begun their studies, and a further eight have been selected to commence their PhD studies at Kent in the academic year 2019-2020. GCDC doctoral students come from a broad range of disciplines across all three faculties including anthropology, architecture, biosciences, business, physical sciences, and politics/international relations.

The GCDC provides a virtual and physical “location” where we can discuss and undertake research to find solutions to global challenges. This goes hand-in-hand with providing a forum for a range of interdisciplinary PhD training activities, including in-depth 2-3 hour workshops on particular methodologies as well as training schools of longer duration centred on broad themes of GCRF interest.

The GCDC is the nucleus of PhD training activities associated with the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) at Kent. The GCRF is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.