The Middle East and North Africa Centre at the University of Sussex offers three PhD scholarships (fully funded for three years) available from September 2017, made possible by the generous support of the Pears Foundation. The scholarships are tenable for 3 years, with the possibility of extension for one further year. 

The scholarships are tenable for 3 years, with the possibility of extension for one further year. The scholarship covers UK/EU or International fees and provides a stipend that matches that provided for UK doctoral students by the UK Research Council.


The doctoral project proposed must fall into one of the Centre’s main areas of study: Middle Eastern, Israeli and North African Studies. There are no restrictions as to time period or subject area.

Students must be accepted into a PhD course in the humanities or social sciences, which include the following schools:

  • English
  • History, Art History and Philosophy
  • Media, Film and Music
  • Business, Management and Economics
  • Education and Social Work
  • Global Studies
  • Institute of Development Studies
  • Law, Politics and Sociology

The successful candidate will have an outstanding academic background, including the methodological training and/or language skills necessary to start their research project. 

Applicants must be able to commence their PhD in September 2017.

Application procedure:

Applicants will need to complete TWO applications in order to be considered for a scholarship:

  • Applicants must apply online for a PhD at Sussex. Deadline: 26th January 2017.
  • Applicants must complete a separate application form for the scholarship. Deadline: 9th February 2017.

More information about the Scholarship can be found in the further particulars attached below.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the scholarships, please contact MENACS Director Dr Hilary Kalmbach via email at [email protected].

Questions regarding the submission or status of your application can be directed to Paige Thompson at Paige.[email protected].

Application Form Final

Pears PhD Scholarships FP Final


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