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The Professor Sir Richard Trainor PhD Scholarships

Professor Sir Richard Trainor Scholarship scheme has been developed in response to an anonymous donation in acknowledgement of the Principal who left the College in 2014 after ten years, and will fund up to 31 PhD scholarships over a 3 year period.

For the academic year 2017-18, one scholarship each has been made available to each of the following projects. For more details about each project, please click on the project title link.

2017/8 Richard Trainor PhD Scholarship projects
 Project TitleLead project supervisor Department
The Road to Trump: The Lewinsky Scandal and The Civil Religion of Bill Clinton  Dr Uta Balbier History
Internationalization of Brazilian Small Companies Dr Jeff Garmany Brazil Institute
British public opinion and attitudes towards European integration Dr Michael Kandiah Political Economy
Beyond the Madness of King George: Health and Healing at the Hanoverian Court Dr Anna Maerker History
Understanding Citizen Engagement with Parliamentary Debates: A computational approach using the Online Hansard Report Dr Nishanth Sastry Informatics
Languages of left politics: a digital study of the Fabian Society’s publications, 1940-2016 Dr Jon Wilson History
Making the modern racehorse in Britain, c1920-2020 Professor Abigail Woods History & Film Studies
Mental health justice and the capability to live in the community Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram Global Health & Social Medicine


Student eligibility

  • Prospective students who wish to undertake a full-time MPhil/PhD programme with one of the above advertised projects commencing in 2017-18 are eligible to apply
  • Current MPhil/PhD students are NOT eligible to apply
  • These scholarships are open to home, EU and international students who can demonstrate academic excellence and research potential
  • If selected, the scholarship will be offered subject to you being offered a place on the PhD programme and meeting the relevant programme entry requirements.

Application process

Deadline for applications: 11:59pm (UK BST) 7 May 2017

Applicants must complete and submit as a minimum* a CV and personal statement identifying which project they would like to be considered for explaining why they would be suitable, to by 11:59pm (UK BST) on 7 May 2017. The subject line of the email should read 'RT Scholarship 1718 – [include the relevant project title]'.

All documents should be submitted as a single pdf.

Two academic references must be received by the deadline for the application to be eligible. Candidates are responsible for instructing referees to submit their references to  using the subject line 'RT Scholarship 1718 – [name of applicant]'.

* for certain projects, applicants will be required to submit additional documentation. Please refer to the individual project outlines attached to the projects above.

For some projects, short-listed candidates will be invited for interview, again for details of which projects this relates to please refer to the individual project outlines attached above.

Successful applicants, if not already done so, will then be invited to apply formally to the PhD programme at King's via Acceptance to the scholarship will be conditional upon receiving a formal offer from King’s, and meeting any conditions of that offer.

Value & length of studentship

Each scholarship will be worth £15,000 per year for a 3 year period and can be used to cover tuition fees and/or living costs, plus, where relevant, any additional contribution, financial or in-kind, provided by a partner organisation, details of which can be found by clicking on the individual project details links above.

Applicants must be aware that this is a partial scholarship which will require the applicant to have additional funding in place to successfully complete it. Awards are granted on the understanding that the award-holder will take responsibility for any additional expenses incurred for the duration of study.

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