PhD Scholarship Opportunities

University of Kent - The School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC)

The School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC) at the University of Kent invites applications from outstanding candidates for our range of competitive PhD scholarship opportunities.

The School has an international reputation for the research of its academic staff, many of whom are leaders in their respective fields. Its vibrant research culture provides excellent opportunities for postgraduate study, and the breadth of expertise within the School enables us to offer research supervision across a wide range of topics.

The School has been extremely successful over the last 13 years at securing a significant number of Scholarships for PhD students. We are delighted that 16 of our September 2017 intake of PhD students have fully funded scholarships predominantly from Research Councils or from the Kent Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships.

Scholarship Competitions:

The partnership draws together relevant expertise from a complementary set of research organisations to train scientists capable of making outstanding contributions to their discipline and able to apply their knowledge to the challenges facing the UK economy, the quality of life for its citizens, and the state of the global environment. Scholarships, open to Home and EU candidates, cover Home/EU tuition rate plus a maintenance grant (£14,533 in 2017/18).

Application deadline: 8 January 2018

CHASE will offer students a wide range of exciting opportunities to gain professional experience, work across institutions and disciplines, and acquire advanced research skills. Funding consists of a fee waiver at the Home/EU rate plus a maintenance stipend (£14,553 in 2017/18).

Application deadline: 10 January 2018

SAC is a member of this new partnership which is committed to providing innovative and challenging world-class doctoral training in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary research environment. The School will be submitting applications to the Science, Technology and Sustainability Studies pathway and the Social Anthropology pathway. Studentships cover fees, a maintenance grant (£14,553 in 2017/18) and access to further research funding and are open to UK/EU students who meet the residential criteria.

Application deadline: 21 January 2018

Open to applicants from the fields of social anthropology, environmental anthropology, biological anthropology or biodiversity conservation. We particularly welcome applicants who wish to undertake interdisciplinary projects relevant to the School’s research culture. Scholarships cover Home/EU tuition rate plus a maintenance grant (£14,553 in 2017/18).

Application deadline: 21 January 2017

Full details are available on our website:

PhD Opportunities

We are currently considering applications across a range of topics related to the School’s interdisciplinary research culture. Full details of the supervisory interests of staff can be found on our School website. We are also particularly keen to hear from candidates interested in working on the following topics/research areas:

Socio-cultural Anthropology

  • Southeast Asia and the Pacific, anthropology of oil and natural resources, religious transformations, Catholicism and animism, anthropological approaches to place and kinship, resource conflict, and violence and post-conflict recovery - Dr Judith Bovensiepen
  • Southeast Europe; East Mediterranean; Inter-Asia; socialist/post-socialist economy and society; anthropology of diplomacy; militarism; ethics and personhood; Islam - Dr David Henig
  • Europe; anthropology of history; social memory, heritage; cultural transformation and rupture; time and temporality – Dr Matt Hodges
  • Anthropology of northern China, Taiwan, Mongolia; anthropology of ethics, self-cultivation and education, the anthropology of knowledge systems, cultures of belief, epistemic authority and 'post-truth' – Dr Jonathan Mair
  • The anthropology of personhood, with particular reference to kinship and the family, religion and symbolism, and ethnicity—with empirical focus on Southern Europe, South China and Brazil – Professor Joao de Pina-Cabral
  • Tonga, mental illness, efficacy, collaborative media, visual research methodologies, contact improvisation, intentional communities – Dr Mike Poltorak
  • The anthropology of the economic crisis and austerity, political anthropology, populism, nationalism and Brexit; also, the anthropology of Panama, anthropology of tourism and ethic commodification - Professor Dimitrios Theodossopoulos

Biological Anthropology

  • Female/ female competition: Friends as allies, alloparents, and mating rivals – Dr Sarah Johns
  • Social behaviour of great apes (esp. chimpanzees). Aggression and social dominance; cooperation, relationships and biological markets – Dr Nicholas Newton-Fisher
  • Primate socioecology, Primate predators and anti-predator behaviour, Primate communication, Behavioural endocrinology, Human laughter – Dr Brandon Wheeler

Conservation and Human Ecology

  • Nature conservation alongside socio-economic development activities, biodiversity offsetting and ‘no net loss’ policies, nature conservation and environmental change – Dr Joseph Bull
  • Landscape ecology, land use change, nature conservation policy and governance, Agriculture and the environment – Dr Joseph Tzanopoulos.

Further details and applications

Full details of scholarships and application processes are available via:

Should you have any specific questions please don’t hesitate to contact our Postgraduate Admissions Officer: