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ACU 2021 Routledge Commonwealth Studentships Program (GBP 5,500 Prize)

Routledge Commonwealth Studentships Program provides support for research projects on Commonwealth-related themes. Two studentships are available each year, one for UK-registered students and one for Commonwealth students in other countries.

The studentships have a maximum value of GBP 5,500 each. Due to the pandemic, the studentship will not fund travel.

The research must be conducted in the applicants’ country of residence. Proposed research must fulfil at least one of the below criteria:

  1. Relate to the Commonwealth as a whole or to any Commonwealth-wide institution or organisation
  2. Have a strong Commonwealth comparative aspect
  3. Be of relevance to a Commonwealth country other than the UK.

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About Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

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ACU Routledge Commonwealth Studentships


Aim and Benefits of ACU Routledge Commonwealth Studentships

Mentorship

As part of the studentship, applicants are required to identify and work with a mentor at an ACU member university in a country other than their own. This should be an expert in a subject linked to the applicant’s subject of research, who will be able to provide support and advice during the studentship. Before applying, applicants are encouraged to informally approach at least one potential mentor and, if their application is successful, will then be required to obtain a letter of support from their mentor to agree to the mentorship before their studentship is confirmed.

The role of the mentor

The mentor will be expected to hold a minimum of two virtual meetings with the student during the period of the studentship. They will be expected to be in contact with the student by email to share their experiences in their relevant field, provide advice around publishing, events and trends in their field, and to challenge and empower the student to consider new ways of thinking.

The mentor will also be expected to contribute to either the podcast or the article submitted by the student (see post-studentship requirements section below for more information) and will be paid an honorarium of GBP 500, payable at the end of the studentship. Mentors must read and abide by the mentor code of conduct guidelines.

Mentor code of conduct guidelines

  • The relationship between mentor and mentee should not be exploitative in any way, nor open to misinterpretation
  • Mentors are responsible for setting and keeping appropriate boundaries that govern interactions with mentees
  • Mentors should maintain a clear mentoring relationship with mentees and not allow personal bias to influence their actions
  • Mentors should maintain confidentiality, objectivity and equal partnership
  • The mentor’s role is to respond to the mentee’s needs and agenda rather than imposing their own agenda
  • Mentors will share the responsibility for creating a smooth end to the relationship with the mentee, once it has achieved its purpose
  • Any personal data relating to the mentee held by the mentor should be deleted as soon as it is no longer needed.

Requirements for ACU Routledge Commonwealth Studentships Qualification

The first studentship is open to registered PhD students from UK universities, although not necessarily UK citizens.

The second is open to registered PhD students from ACU member universities in Commonwealth counties other than the UK, and to Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarship alumni who are PhD students at any Commonwealth university outside the UK.

Post-studentship requirements

Successful applicants will be required to submit an article of between 4,000 and 6,000 words based on their research no more than 12 months after the take-up of the award.

The article will then be for considered for publication in the Round Table journal. Successful applicants will also be required to make a podcast on their research, for publication on the journal’s website.


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Documents Required for Application

As part of the application, you should submit:

  • A CV
  • A studentship plan, outlining:
    1. The work you plan to carry out during the studentship, in non-technical language
    2. The likely impact of your studentship work, and how it will advance knowledge in your field and contribute to greater understanding of the Commonwealth
    3. The planned outcomes and outputs of the studentship
    4. Letters of support from referees, one academic (preferably your PhD/DPhil supervisor) and one personal
    5. An outline of the intended use of the funds


Application Deadline

July 23, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) on crm.acu.ac.uk to apply

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