ACU Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth Studentships in the UK 2023/2024

About the Scholarship:

The Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth Studentships are funded by The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs and its publisher, Routledge, in partnership with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). These studentships support research projects in various humanities and social science fields with a connection to the Commonwealth or a comparative element involving multiple Commonwealth nations. However, studies in pure sciences and medicine are not eligible for consideration.

The proposed research must:

  • Be related to any Commonwealth institution or organization.
  • Have a comparative element related to the Commonwealth.
  • Be relevant to more than one Commonwealth nation.


Social Sciences

Scholarship Benefits:

The Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth Studentships provide support for research projects on Commonwealth-related topics. Each year, two studentships are awarded, each with a maximum value of £5,500. These studentships are divided into:

  • One for students enrolled at British universities.
  • One for students from Commonwealth countries other than the UK.

A payment of £4,000 GB will be made on the day the prizes are announced. The remaining £1,500 will be disbursed upon fulfilling post-studentship criteria.

Eligibility Criteria:

There are two categories of eligibility for these studentships:

  1. The first studentship is open to enrolled Ph.D. students from UK universities, regardless of residency.
  2. The second studentship is available to enrolled Ph.D. candidates from ACU member institutions in Commonwealth countries other than the UK. It is also open to former Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarship recipients pursuing their Ph.D. at any Commonwealth institution outside the UK.


Applicants are required to choose and collaborate with a mentor from a university in a Commonwealth nation other than their own. The mentor should be a subject-matter expert in the applicant’s proposed area of study and provide guidance and support during the studentship. The mentor must endorse the applicant’s research by signing a letter of support before the studentship is officially confirmed.

Post-studentship Requirements:

Successful applicants are required to submit an article based on their research (between 4,000 and 6,000 words) within twelve months of accepting the scholarship. This article may be considered for publication in the Round Table journal. Additionally, students must create a podcast about their research for posting on the journal’s website.

Application Process:

To apply for the Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth Studentships, follow these steps:

  1. Download the Routledge/Round Table Studentship Awards application form.
  2. Send the completed application form along with your current CV to [email protected].
  3. On the application form, provide the following information:
    • A brief description (100–400 words) of your proposed study area for the studentship.
    • A brief description (100–400 words) of your anticipated achievements if awarded the scholarship.
    • A 100–400 word summary of the likely impact of your research, its significance, and how the award would advance your work.
  4. Include the name of your suggested mentor on the form.
  5. Provide the names of two referees, one of whom should be your current Ph.D. or DPhil supervisor. Request references from these referees and ensure they are sent to you or directly to [email protected] by the application deadline of July 28, 2023, at 17.00 BST.

For more information, visit the ACU website.

Application Deadline:

  • Applications must be submitted by 17.00 BST on July 28, 2023.
  • Winners will be announced in September 2023.
  • Award acceptance period: November 1, 2023, to July 1, 2024.
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