Academic year 2020
Central London, England


This scholarship is for new MPhil/PhD research students applying for a full-time MPhil/PhD in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy in any of the School's departments: 

  • Applied Linguistics and Communication 
  • Geography 
  • History, Classics and Archaeology 
  • Philosophy 
  • Politics 
  • Psychosocial Studies.


The scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding candidate whose research topic explores a theme concerned with either 'diversity and belonging' or 'minorities and social justice' (see more detail below).


  • You should usually have an upper second-class undergraduate honours degree, or equivalent, and a Master’s degree, or equivalent. 
  • You will need to be an outstanding candidate whose research topic explores a theme concerned with either diversity and belonging or minorities and social justice.
    • Diversity and belonging: research topics include, but are not limited to: subjective and attitudinal dimensions of intolerance, the ways in which racial, religious, linguistic and other minorities challenge societies and cultures to think of themselves in new ways, the extent to which minorities identify with and seek to integrate within mainstream society.
    • Minorities and social justice: concerned with the social outcomes experienced by minorities. Research topics include, but are not limited to: the entitlements and social trajectory of minorities, how these vary across place and time, the concept of social justice as applied to minorities, including minority language speakers.
  • We encourage applications from candidates who are able to draw connections between their doctoral research and contemporary concerns and practical outcomes beyond the university. 
  • We will only consider current Birkbeck students who are already enrolled on an MPhil/PhD degree within the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy under exceptional circumstances. 


  • Prospective students 
    • 1. Prepare a concise research proposal that:
      •  addresses one of the two themes outlined in the eligibility criteria above: either diversity and belonging or minorities and social justice
      • draws connections between the proposed research topic and contemporary concerns and practical outcomes. 
    • 3. Apply online for the relevant MPhil/PhD degree by 31 January 2020. Make sure to check the 'How to apply' section on the web page for your chosen programme for any department-specific procedures. 
    • 4. Complete the Bonnart Trust PhD Scholarship application form and  no later than 31 January 2020. 
  • Current students 
    • If you are a current MPhil/PhD student at Birkbeck, you should complete steps 1 and 4 (above) and , along with a brief outline of your exceptional circumstances by 1 February 2020. 


  • Closing date: Friday 31 January 2020
  • Interviews: Mid-April 2020


Application will close on 31 January 2020


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