Konishi Foundation PhD Scholarship in East Asian Studies

Newcastle University


Award Summary

Full tuition fees paid at the home or international rate for 3 years and annual tax-free maintenance grant equivalent to the National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (currently for 2023-24 this is £18,622 full time equivalent) across 4 years. Funding for fieldwork and research consumables equivalent to the current ESRC rate. 


The Konishi Foundation Scholarship provides support to an excellent candidate who wishes to pursue a PhD in Politics in topics related to East Asian politics within the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University. For purposes of this call, East Asia includes China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.   

Research Topics: We seek applicants interested in researching topics related to research in any of the major sub-fields of Politics including studies of the East Asian nations, comparative studies employing at least one of these nations as a case, or political research focused on East Asian diaspora populations.   

We have expertise in comparative politics (i.e., identity politics, political behaviour, political economy, political institutions, party politics, and electoral systems), international relations (i.e., international organisations, international agreements, film, pop-culture, political economy, security studies, and foreign relations), political philosophy and theory, gender and politics, environmental politics, sustainability, public policy. 

Number Of Awards

Start Date

September 2024 

Award Duration

4 years 

Application Closing Date

19th February 2024 (expression of Interest by 5th February 2024)


Konishi Foundation 


Please specify two Politics academic staff members from the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology  at Newcastle University who are actively researching areas appropriate to your research.  

Eligibility Criteria

A demonstrable interest in social scientific inquiry is essential. It is desirable that the successful applicant shows evidence of an interest in East Asian politics and their substantive area in general, in addition to the eligibility requirements set by the university for a Politics PhD (i.e., 2:1 honours degree and a master’s degree, or international equivalent, in politics or a related subject.) 

Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills. 

For more information on how to apply please see  https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-funding/search-funding/?code=gpskon24

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