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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


PhD Scholarship in the Anthropology of Human Rights and/or Humanitarianism

This award is for a PhD scholarship on Human Rights and/or Humanitarianism. Applications are invited that will contribute to understanding to the broad field of the anthropology of human rights and/or humanitarianism.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 1 February 2017

It is expected that the candidate will be registered within the Social Anthropology PhD program, but in exceptional circumstances the candidate may alternatively be registered for the PhD in International Development. The PhD will be supervised by Professor Tobias Kelly.

The scholarship holder is expected to engage in independent research for his/her PhD, and to assist Professor Kelly in research and teaching. The precise details will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant. On average, the scholarship holder will invest 20% of his/her time on such activities, and 80% on his/her own research.

Value of Award

Each scholarship covers the UK/EU rate of tuition fee as well as a stipend of £14,000. The scholarship will commence in the academic year 2017/18. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarship is awarded for three years.


We are looking for someone with an outstanding academic record, with an UG degree and/or MSc in Anthropology, or a related field, and a demonstrated interest in human rights/humanitarianism.  We expect candidates to have earned a 2.1 or higher (or international equivalent) in their previous degree programs.

Application Procedure

Applications should contain the following:

  • A cover letter of 1 page describing one’s research background and expertise.
  • A two-page PhD research proposal.
  • A CV, including names of 2 referees.
  • A sample of writing, preferably a copy of the MA/MSc thesis.
  • Transcripts and proof of existing qualifications.

The material should be emailed to the with the subject line: Human Rights and Humanitarianism PhD Scholarship Application. Academic queries about the scholarship should be sent to Professor Tobias Kelly (

The deadline for submitting this application is 1 February 2017.

Important Information

In addition to applying for the scholarship, candidates must also formally apply and be accepted to the appropriate PhD program at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science. The Scholarship is conditional on being accepted into a relevant program.

Information on the application process for the PhD can be found at:

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