Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth Studentship Awards

Two Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth Studentship awards are available to PhD/DPhil students pursuing research related to the Commonwealth.

14 May, 2019:Two annual awards for graduate research in Commonwealth studies are being launched this week by The Round Table, the Commonwealth journal of international affairs, with support from its publisher, Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

One, worth £4,000, will be available to PhD students registered at a UK university. The second, worth £8,000, will be available to PhD students registered at a member university of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU ), from outside the UK.

Full terms and conditions, and an application form, are available on the ACU website this week,, and the first awards will be announced in early September, 2019. Winners, who will offer papers for publication in the journal, will normally take up their awards by July 2020. Chevening Scholars, who must return home before taking up another award in the UK, may be an exception.

The Round Table sees this as an important contribution to research with a Commonwealth component, and a follow-up to “Learning from Each Other: Commonwealth Studies for the 21st Century”, the 1996 Commonwealth Secretariat report chaired by Professor T H B Symons.

These awards will assist researchers working in the humanities and social sciences. UK winners will be required to prepare a podcast. Winners from outside the UK are expected to make arrangements for mentorship with a UK university, and will use their budget for travel, archival research and interviews in the UK.

Commenting on this launch, Richard Bourne, former Chair of The Round Table, said, “In offering these new graduate studentships The Round Table, the oldest international affairs journal in the UK, is committing itself afresh to the ongoing intellectual vitality of the Commonwealth. We look forward to welcoming quality research projects from successful applicants, and thank our publisher, Routledge/Taylor & Francis, and our valued collaborator, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, for supporting these innovative awards.”

Dan Trinder, Associate Editorial Director, Routledge, added, “As long-standing publishers of The Round Table we are delighted to be able to support the new graduate studentships. The Journal itself and the graduate studentships themselves form part of a broad range of activities designed to engage with and enrich understanding of Commonwealth issues, more details of which can be found at”

Dr Joanna Newman, ACU Chief Executive and Secretary General, said, “The ACU is committed to supporting high-quality research across our member institutions, and we are delighted to launch these new studentships in collaboration with The Round Table and Routledge. The research funded through these opportunities will help highlight and demonstrate the value of the Commonwealth as a framework for collaboration on the key issues of our time.”

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