PhD Studentship with the Stuart Hall Foundation (Social Sciences) - Competition Closed for 2024 Entry

Type of award


Managing department

School of Social Sciences


  • Tuition fees
  • An annual maintenance stipend (£18,622 per annum for 2023/24)
  • A research training support grant

Specified use

The Stuart Hall PhD Scholarship will be awarded to one student in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester for a PhD starting in September 2024 and will cover fees and a stipend. The scholarship can be held in any of the 8 Departments within the School of Social Sciences. It is expected that the award-winner will be working in an interdisciplinary area of study focused on one of Stuart Hall's many areas of interest: cultural studies, race, ethnicity and inequalities.

Tenable period

3.5 years full-time or 7 years part-time.

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available


Funding provider

School of Social Sciences

Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

  • Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Statistics
  • Sociology

Academic requirements

  • Bachelor's (Honours) degree in a cognate subject at 2:1 or above (or overseas equivalent); and
  • Master's degree in a relevant subject - with an overall average of 65% or above, a minimum mark of 65% in your dissertation and no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent)

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Application procedure

Stage 1:

You must submit a complete application for your chosen PhD programme by the deadline for your department (below). Section 9 of the application asks for your funding intentions. In this section, you should detail fully all the competitions in which you would like to be considered. Please add a funding source, and populate the fields as below:

  • Type of Funding: Uni of Manchester Scheme
  • Awarding Body (free text): Stuart Hall Foundation Studentship
  • Status of Funding: Intend to Apply

Stage 2:

The completed Stuart Hall Application Form must be submitted to the Humanities Doctoral Academy via no later than 5pm BST, 1 March 2024.

Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm will not be included in the competition.

Application form

Additional documentation

Your full online application must include;
  • A 1,500 word  PhD research proposal . Please state the word count on page 1 of the document.
  • Copies of the academic transcript and certificate from both your Bachelor's and Master's degrees. If your Master's degree is pending, please provide an interim transcript;
  • An up to date academic CV, detailing your education and qualifications; employment history; publications; and any other relevant information.
  • You must nominate two academic referees (including one from your most recent institution). Your referees will be contacted directly via the Referee Portal following submission of your application form.
  • International applicants must additionally provide English Language evidence (e.g IELTS). 

Selection criteria

Applications will be ranked based on academic merit, and on the fit of research proposal with Stuart Hall Foundation areas of interest:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Inequlities

Selection body

School of Social Sciences and Stuart Hall Foundation

Closing date

01 Mar 2023

This competition has now closed for 2024 entry.  Deadlines for 2025 entry will be published here in due course.

Decision date

We expect to communicate the outcome to 2024 entry applicants in May 2024.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications, as outcomes are determined by independent panels.

Deferral information

Offers of funding are not deferrable. If you cannot start your programme by the date mentioned in your studentship offer letter, the award will be withdrawn. You are permitted to re-apply in future.

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