Applications are invited from qualified candidates for the 2013 LCIRAH doctoral studentship tenable at SOAS for 3 years starting in October 2013.  This studentship is run by the Centre for Development Environment and Policy (CeDEP) at SOAS (School of Oriental African Studies) in London.
The Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) Trust aims to build an intersectoral and interdisciplinary platform for integrating research in agriculture and health, with a focus on international development goals. The lead supervisor will be Professor Bhavani Shankar, Centre for Development, Environment, and Policy (CeDEP), SOAS.
This PhD research project will exploit regional and temporal variation in government expenditures, nutrition outcomes and other variables in one of the countries in the region, and apply appropriate econometric methods to uncover key relationships. Collating and merging various pieces of secondary data (eg. district-level public expenditures, income and poverty, nutrition outcomes data, etc.) will be a key part of the project.
Worth of Awards

  • The studentship will cover fieldwork costs (10K for the duration of the studentship),
  • student stipend at the Research Council UK Doctoral (London) rate (for 2012-13, this was £15,590), and UK/EU tuition fees.
  •    Applicants paying fees at the overseas rate will be required to meet the additional cost of overseas fees.


  • Subject –This studentship is available for work on a doctoral thesis to be undertaken full time at SOAS.
  • Only new applicants may apply: those already enrolled on a research degree programme at SOAS are not eligible to apply.
  • Academic – Applicants must normally possess or be expected to possess a good UK Master’s degree (or a qualification deemed equivalent by the School) in a relevant discipline. This will be an inter-sectoral project, as they are looking for students with a good grounding in applied economics and relevant skills or interests in nutrition and/or agriculture, who would enjoy and be comfortable with learning and using skills across different sectors in a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral research group.
  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a Selection Panel consisting of three academic members.
  • The assessment of your application will be based on the information in your studentship application.  Selectors will be looking at the degree results and also at academic references, statement and other relevant information.

How to Apply

  • Applicants must have also applied for admission  as soon as possible but no later than the studentship application deadline (2 April) in order to be considered for this studentship. As the studentship is run through the Centre for Development, Environment, and Policy (CeDEP), which is based in the Department of Financial & Management  Studies, applicants must choose ‘MPhil/PhD FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES’ as the programme of study in their application for admission. The application for admission must be complete and references must have been submitted
  • The LCIRAH studentship application form and further information about the project is available for download online or can be obtained from:

Scholarships Officer
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
United Kindgom
Email: [email protected]

  • The LCIRAH studentship application form must be received as soon as possible but no later than 2 April 2013.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Successful candidates will be notified by e-mail regarding the outcome of their studentship application by the end of June. If you do not hear from  them by the end of June, you should assume that your studentship application was unsuccessful

For further details, check here 
To apply, click here