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King’s College London KCL Africa Studentships (entry) Scholarship in the UK for 2023/2024

The goal of this King’s College London KCL Africa Studentships initiative is to comprehend how African fashion designers employ capital, knowledge, technology, and other resources to develop a social, economic, and cultural value for local and international markets, and how this affects socioeconomic change. Creative economies provide potential for conceptual innovation in this endeavor by enabling broader readings of value across the economic, social, and cultural worlds. Due to constrained perceptions of value, discussions of current global production, such as those surrounding global value chains, frequently overlook the concepts of lead enterprises in Africa.

To focus on the creativity, ideas, and innovation that are blossoming across the continent, notably in sustainability, the initiative strives to transcend beyond stereotypes of Africa as a continent with limited resources. The Ph.D. will concentrate on collecting fresh data on fashion economies that are important to business and continue idea development on leading companies in the global South.

Benefits of King’s College London KCL Africa Studentships

The following are covered under the KCL Africa Studentships for four years:

  • Increased international/outside rate tuition fees;
  • A living allowance (stipend) paid annually at the UKRI rate, which was set at £19,688 for 2022–2023;
  • Research expenses can reach £5,000 annually.


King’s College London’s African Leadership Center

study of international political economics, the arts, and culture

African citizens who have a permanent address in an African nation;

  • Plan to start a full-time MPhil/Ph.D. program at King’s College London during the academic year 2023–2024 (ideally, the applicant would start in October 2023, but no later than January 2024).
  • Meet the academic requirements to enroll in King’s College London’s Faculty of Social Science and Policy’s Ph.D. program.
  • Any subject should require a High Merit or Distinction at the Master’s level (or equivalent) or higher.
  • A few disciplinary areas that are particularly pertinent are international political economy, political economy, fashion management, business, development studies, culture, media, creative industries, policy, sociology, geography, and social sciences.
  • (Academic, professional, personal) A significant interest in fashion and the creative economy.
  • Good organizational, communication, observation, and teamwork abilities.
  • Working knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Interview Date, Process, and Venue for King’s College London KCL Africa Studentships

Pre-selection for the position will be based on the following documents: a CV, a cover letter outlining your interest in the project and how your prior experience is applicable, and a sample of written work (such as an MSc or MA thesis). Before applying via the KCL portal, kindly email these documents to Drs. Ikpe and England. This will be followed by an invitation to an interview if chosen. If the interview goes well, a financing offer for a Ph.D. and a scholarship will be made.

Documents Required for Application

If you submit your online application without including all necessary supporting papers, processing time may be delayed. Typically, this contains:

  • An individual statement
  • a project approval form or a study proposal
  • Transcripts of your prior education (if not initially in English, with certified English translations)
  • A source for scholarly work. Please be aware that the department may ask you to seek a second academic reference.
  • Any English language credentials you may have (if English is not your native language).

Specific additional materials, such as an example of prior academic writing, are required for some courses to be sent with the application. For more information, please refer to the ‘Entry requirement’ section in the course description on the postgraduate course finder.

How to Apply for King’s College London KCL Africa Studentships

King’s College London KCL Africa Studentships: Interested and Qualified? To apply, visit King’s College London (KCL) at

The chosen applicants must next submit an online application through King’s Apply. Visit for further information.

In your application and all correspondence, please include Dr. Eka Ikpe as your preferred supervisor and the project title for the Leadership Studies (regarding Security and Development) (MPhil/Ph.D.).

Visit for more information about the Ph.D. program.

Use the following code: 2324-AFRICA in the funding part of the application (Award Scheme Code or Name).

Please sign up on our online application system, King’s Apply, to submit a formal application. If you’ve already applied to King’s, including through UCAS, you ought to already have an account. If you have trouble using the online postgraduate application form, please get help from one of our King’s Advisors.

To learn more, go to the KCL website.

Submission Deadline

June 30, 2023

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