The School of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University of London, is offering eight full-time, three-year doctoral studentships for 2020/21 entry. Applications are invited from exceptional UK, EU, and international graduates wishing to pursue cutting-edge research in Economics, English, International Politics, Journalism, Music, Sociology (including the Violence and Society Centre) or Psychology.

Applicants in Economics, Sociology and the Violence and Society Centre may also wish to be considered for studentships via the ESRC-funded South-east Network for Social Science (SeNSS) doctoral training partnership.

For further information on SeNSS studentships please see:

Full information about all our doctoral studentships can be found at

For information about the PhD programme in the Department of International Politics please visit

What is Offered

A doctoral studentship will provide:

  • An annual bursary at the prevailing ESRC rate (£17,009 in 2019/20)
  • A full tuition-fee waiver for UK and EU students. Applications from overseas applicants are welcome, but the applicant must make appropriate arrangements to cover the difference between the overseas and UK tuition fee.
  • Further funds to support research expenses (up to £1000 over three years)

As part of our commitment to doctoral student training, you will also be eligible for appointment as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and are likely to be offered teaching-related duties within your department (to a maximum of 150 hours each year). This work will be paid in full.


The studentships will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and the potential to produce cutting-edge research.

  • Applicants must hold at least a 2.1 honours degree and a merit-level Master’s degree in a relevant subject (or international equivalent)
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must have achieved at least 7.0 in IELTS or a recognised equivalent
  • Applicants must not be currently registered as a doctoral student at City, University of London, or any other academic institution

How to Apply

Applications must be made online using the links to the relevant pages above, and with the materials requested by each department as listed on that page. Applicants are strongly advised to make contact with a potential supervisor within their chosen department prior to making an application.

Closing date: 23.59 on 19th January 2020

For any enquiries, please email