Ph.D Scholarship for Africa’s Women

Ph.D Scholarship for Africa’s Women

The Caroline Thomas Memorial Fund Scholarshippic-schol


Vision: A world in which people in the developed and developing world have the wider sense of security that they desire and deserve.


The Caroline Thomas Memorial Fund has been established to further research into human security in developing countries by supporting females of outstanding merit and research potential from the African continent who would otherwise not have the opportunity or financial resources to undertake such work. The fund, which will be run as a charitable trust administered by the University of Southampton, will provide a scholarship to qualified students for a three year doctoral programme in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton with its focus on any aspect of human security in a developing country context.


The fund has been set up in memory of the late Professor Caroline Thomas of the University of Southampton, who devoted her career to the plight of the poor and disadvantaged in developing nations. Caroline’s 1987 book, ‘In Search of Security: the Third World in International Relations’ was influential in changing the traditional approach to security issues. Security had previously meant only the military security of the state, but in proposing to broaden the agenda beyond its narrow focus on war and arms control, Caroline sought to include issues such as poverty, health and environmental degradation that confront the people of the developing nations, rather than their states.


Based within the Social Sciences at the University of Southampton, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary school with an international reputation and research expertise in political theory, comparative politics, global politics and international relations. To find out more about our research interests please see our website


The fund, open for 2014 entry, covers the international fees and provides an annual stipend of £13,590 in respect of the candidate’s living expenses, as well as a research allowance of £2000. The call for 2014 entry closes in June 30th, 2014.



Fund eligibility


Applications are competitive and will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Applications will be accepted from female students from the continent of Africa, providing you are either a:


  • graduate with a first or upper second class honours degree (or its equivalent),
  • final year undergraduate student proposing to undertake postgraduate studies and who are expected to achieve a first or upper second class honours degree; or
  • postgraduate with a Master’s qualification in a relevant field study





To apply, please visit

and click apply online next to PhD Politics when selecting the subject. In the funding section please indicate that you would like to be considered for the Caroline Thomas Memorial Fund. For general advice regarding the research proposal, please see Given the purpose of this scholarship, please make clear how your proposal advances the study of human security.


If you have any questions, please contact the PGR Director in the department of Politics and International Relations, Jonathan Havercroft at: