ACU Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth Studentships 2024 Application

The ACU is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the ACU Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth Studentships 2024.

These studentships, funded by The Round Table: The journal’sjournal’s publisher and the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Routledge, in association with the ACU, provide support for research projects on Commonwealth-related themes.

Two Categories of Studentships

Each year, two studentships are available for study in the UK. The first is open to UK-registered students, and the second allows Commonwealth students from countries other than the UK to undertake a short study placement in the UK.

Research Focus and Grant Amount

The proposed research must either be related to the Commonwealth as a whole, involve a strong Commonwealth comparative aspect, or be relevant to a Commonwealth country other than the UK.

A grant of £5,500 will be awarded to successful applicants, with £4,000 being paid at the announcement of the awards and the remaining £1,500 upon completion of the post-studentship requirements.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The first studentship is open to not necessarily UK nationals, but registered PhD students from UK universities are eligible for the first studentship.
  • The second is accessible to all enrolled PhD candidates from ACU member institutions in Commonwealth nations other than the UK.
  • To former Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarships recipients who are now enrolled in PhD programs at any Commonwealth institution outside of the UK.

Post-studentship Requirements

Successful candidates must submit an article between 4,000 and 6,000 words, based on their research, no more than twelve months after the take-up of the award.

It will be decided whether to publish this paper in the Round Table journal. Additionally, selected people must create a podcast about their research for the journal’sjournal’s website.

Application Process

To apply for the studentship;

Prospective candidates should download the Round Table/Routledge Studentship Awards application form, complete and return it to; by 17:00 BST on Friday, 28th July 2024, along with a current CV.

Applicants are required to summarise their proposed research topic, intended outcomes, the likely impact of their research, and how the award would benefit their research.

Additionally, applicants should provide the name of a proposed mentor and two referees.

For more information, visit the ACU’s official page.


This is an excellent opportunity for Ph.D. students focusing on the Commonwealth to receive funding and recognition for their research.

Take advantage of this chance to begin a journey towards a rewarding career with ACU Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth and unlock your full potential.

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