The heart of your application is your research proposal. This proposal should be a document of no more than 4-5 pages. Applicants should also submit a personal statement outlining their reasons for pursuing further research.
We encourage you to contact the African Leadership Centre with a draft research proposal before submitting a complete application through the online system. Find out more about our research interests and ensure your research topic falls within one of these areas. Our research interests include:
Professor Funmi Olonisakin:
• Discourses on the 'edge' of global security
• Transnational security complexes
• Gender and security
• The leadership role of regional organisations and the United Nations in sustaining peace
• Reframing narratives of peace and state building in Africa
Professor Abiodun Alao:
• Emerging powers and global leadership
• The politics of natural resources management
• Religious radicalisation and political violence
• Politics, security and international relations in Africa
Dr Eka Ikpe:
• Developmental states
• Development planning
• Agriculture, mineral resources and industrialisation in development processes
• Regionalism and economic development
• The United Nations/ regional organisations and peacebuilding
• Women, peace and security
• Security sector governance, reform and transformation
Dr Olaf Bachmann:
• African standby force
• Civil–military relations in francophone Africa
• The African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA)
• State-building in Central Africa
Joint PhD: application advice
Applicants for the Joint PhD programme must contact the relevant departments at both universities before submitting an application in order to discuss the suitability of their topic for the joint programme and to locate potential supervisors. Applications should initially be submitted to the proposed home institution only (i.e. where the student will start and finish their programme). Students should note that acceptance into the programme may take slightly longer than for single-institution PhDs because of the additional steps involved. Further details, including FAQs, can be found on the King’s Worldwide web pages.
Applicants who choose King’s as their home institution should apply through the online system, selecting the appropriate joint PhD option from the drop-down list. In addition to the standard supporting documentation, applicants should submit a Travel Plan form indicating how they intend to divide their time between the two partner institutions. Students must spend a specified amount of time in each institution, details of which can be found in the ‘Notes’ section of the Travel Plan form.
It is recommended that students submit applications for the Joint PhD programme by the end of March to begin the following September.
A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
There is also the opportunity to undertake a joint PhD in Leadership and Security Studies with the University of Pretoria. This programme is awarded jointly by King’s College London and the University of Pretoria, and brings together expertise from both institutions in Leadership and Security studies to offer students a rich international research educational experience.
There is a current 'Call for Expressions of Interest' with deadline 23:59 (GMT) 31 July 2019. All relevant information can be found here.
The deadlines for applications are detailed below. We will open applications for an intake in 2020 after the final deadline passes in 2019.
• January 2019 entry – 26 October 2018 for International students and 3 December 2018 for Home/EU students
• October 2019 entry – 26 July 2019 for International students and 30 August for Home/EU students
• January 2020 entry – 25 October 2019 for International students and 2 December 2019 for Home/EU students
Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.