School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Scholarships and funding 
Taught Masters Scholarships
The school will award £500 to all First Class honours degrees (or their non-UK equivalents) and to very good upper 2.1 (i.e., 68%+), and is subject to academic transcript, references and personal statement.
How to apply
All applicants, who have accepted a place on one of the following programmes, will be automatically considered for a scholarship. There is no need to make a separate application.
- MA Civil Society, NGO and Non-Profit Studies
- MA Criminology
- MA Criminology with a semester abroad
- MA International Social Policy
- MA Methods of Social Research
- MA Political Sociology
- MA Sociology
- MSc Environmental Social Science
Home, EU and International fee paying students are all eligible. This award of £500 is in addition to the Kent £1000 loyalty discount.
While there is no formal closing date, we recommend you apply for your chosen course as soon as possible, before the end of July 2013.
If you have any questions, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org 
New Round of Postgraduate Research Scholarships
SSPSSR has a world-wide reputation for excellence and is one of the leading and largest research centres for social science in the UK. In the last Research Assessment Exercise, we were ranked joint third with 70% of our research being evaluated as either ‘World Leading’ or of ‘International excellence in terms of originality, significance and rigor.’
The School offers an unrivalled context in which to study for a PhD in the social sciences. We are a member of the South East Doctoral Training Centre (SEDTC) which awards scholarships funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and the School has been awarded European Union Erasmus Mundus funding for a Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology (DCGC).
As a result of our success in the 2013 ESRC SEDTC Scholarship competition we are in a position to award additional PGR scholarships to commence in September 2013. These cover tuition fees at the postgraduate standard home/EU rate together with an annual maintenance stipend of £13,590 per annum.
We have a thriving postgraduate community of over 200 students and offer a large and diverse range of professional seminars, School seminar programmes, workshops, methods and advanced research methods training, transferrable skills, study groups, and writing/career workshops (home and abroad) for our students. Present postgraduate students are conducting research into a wide range of issues including comparative social welfare; the third sector; violence; cultural criminology; new media and technology; work and employment; environmental movements; the sociology of the body; penal policy; intoxication and drug policy; social and cultural theory; suffering; youth transitions; the sociology of private space; sex, gender and sexuality; ethnicity and identity; evangelical church membership; and a wide range of other topics.
For further information about these additional scholarships please email the Postgraduate Office email@example.com 
How to apply
Please note that you will need to make TWO applications:
1. For a PLACE to study a postgraduate degree at the University and this can be done electronically here .
2. For a School Scholarship which involves completing this application form .
Thursday 27 June 2013
Interviews will take place on Wednesday 10 July 2013
SSPSSR MA Scholarships
SSPSSR will be awarding on a competitive basis up to four MA Scholarships worth £3,000 each for those who earn First Class Degrees with us this year. These awards can be combined with the Kent £1,000 loyalty discount and will make a significant difference to the cost of studying for an MA (the combined total representing the large majority of MA fees).
Applicants must have a First Class degree and the awards are intended ordinarily for students to study for the MA in Methods of Social Research and who are eligible for (residency rules apply) and dedicated to the idea of applying in January for a full ESRC PhD Scholarship (Home/EU fees + over £13k per annum for three years) that would cover PhD studies starting academic year 2014-2015. These PhD awards are competitive but we as a School have enjoyed considerable success in being awarded scholarships in recent years.
How to apply
To apply you must submit the following to Kalli Glezakou (K.Glezakou@kent.ac.uk ) by July 1st 2013:
- A 1,000 word proposal (excluding references) of research that you would like to develop into a PhD application.
- The names of two academic referees who have agreed to support your application, at least one of whom must have agreed to help you develop your PhD proposal.
- Your cv - which should detail the breakdown of your marks and your final degree classification.
- Any professional experience relevant to your proposed research.
Monday 1 July 2013
Decisions will be made at the latest by Saturday 20 July. Applications will be judged on the basis of the quality of qualifications + cv / the references / the appropriateness of the nominated supervisors / the quality of the proposal.
National Council for Voluntary Organisations Scholarship
NCVO Scholarship to support the University of Kent’s MA Civil Society, NGO and Non-profit Studies
The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research has created a bespoke scholarship for appropriately qualified individuals from organisations with membership of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). The £2,000 scholarship for tuition fees is available on a competitive application basis.
We believe this scholarship scheme is needed because many British voluntary organisations lack the extensive budgets to enable their staff to benefit from higher level degree programmes, yet face enormous social, economic, political and policy pressures at the current moment. Staff and organisations require access to leading knowledge and analytic approaches relating to civil society in order to help them navigate and negotiate these challenges. Kent’s NCVO Scholarship is designed to address this need by making this access more affordable to such organisations.
The Civil Society, NGO and Non-profit Studies Master’s is unique in its combination of specialist civil society research and teaching expertise honed over two decades, attending to the third sector, philanthropy and social movements; and more general social science options, covering research methods and a range of social and policy topics. These are designed to equip students with a wide range of transferable competences, skills and capabilities relevant to careers not only in the third sector, but in government and business too.
We are delighted to be collaborating in this way with the NCVO to help strengthen the capacity of voluntary or third sector organisations in Britain.
How to apply
Reward of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research’s NCVO Scholarship will be made on a competitive basis.
Applications to the programme should be made online at www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgrad/apply 
In addition, applicants wishing to be considered for the NCVO Scholarship should submit the following to Kalliopi Glezakou via email by the deadline below:
- A personal statement (maximum 1,000 words) addressing how their participation in this programme will potentially strengthen ‘organised civil society’.
- Confirmation of NCVO membership
- 2 references - applicants should make sure that both references have been submitted by the deadline below either online through the University’s system or directly to Kalliopi Glezakou
If you work for an NCVO member organisation and are interested in applying for the NCVO Scholarship, please contact the SSPSSR Postgraduate office to register your interest:
Room CW GAW N222
Cornwallis George Allen Wing
University of Kent
Kent CT2 7NF
T: +44 (0)1227 823684
E: K.Glezakou@kent.ac.uk 
Deadline for applications and supplementary evidence (transcripts, references, cv and NCVO membership validation)
Friday 19 July 2013
Interviews will be held Thursday 25 - Friday 26 July 2013
Term starts on Monday 30 Sept 2013