Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

Ax:son Johnson PhD studentships

Fees (Home) , Fees (International) , Maintenance
3 Years (Fixed Length)
Prospective applicant
PhD
Full Time

About

The Ax:son Johnson Institute for Statecraft and Diplomacy: three Fully-Funded PhD Scholarships by the Centre for Geopolitics and intake at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge for October 2022. 

Thanks to the support of the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit in Stockholm, three fully-funded PhD scholarships for students studying for a PhD at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge will be available for a period of up to three years from Michaelmas Term 2022. The scholarships are open to qualified applicants from any country. 

We welcome applications from candidates working on all aspects of historical and contemporary geopolitics, but preference may be given to those researching in areas of particular interest to the Centre for Geopolitics. These include the Geopolitics of the Baltic, the Indo-Pacific, and peace-making in the Middle East. 

An Ax:son Johnson Institute for Statecraft and Diplomacy PhD Scholarship covers the following costs: 

  • the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate for three years 
  • a maintenance allowance (living costs) of £15,609 per year for three years 

Successful applicants will undertake their research project at the University of Cambridge, where they will be based at POLIS and the Centre for Geopolitics. This is an exciting opportunity to join the newly formed Ax:son Johnson Institute for Statecraft and Diplomacy (AJI) which is a transatlantic consortium among four universities: the Centre for Grand Strategy at King’s College London, the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Center for Statecraft and Political Communication at the Stockholm School of Economics, and the Centre for Geopolitics at the University of Cambridge. PhD students will have the opportunity to network with these universities as part of the programme and AJI’s dedication to supporting and mentoring the next generation of historically-minded scholars and practitioners in statecraft, strategy, and diplomacy. Together, we will develop novel training, publishing opportunities, and collaborative approaches that will enrich our intellectual communities and strengthen our collective ability to address pressing international problems. Planned are visits to the Foundations headquarters in Sweden and the UK to welcome and connect a joined cohort of young scholars working together over the course of their research. 

Applicants for a PhD at POLIS should indicate that they wish to be considered for the scholarship in their research proposal when completing an application to study at Cambridge or contact their supervisor directly to discuss the relevance of their topic to this fund. However, they will have to be nominated for the studentship by their supervisor

“The Ax:son Johnson Institute for Statecraft and Diplomacy grant is a game-changer for the Centre of Geopolitics here at Cambridge. This generous donation, especially the support for PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, will enable us to ensure that there is a steady pipeline of younger scholars coming through, working on subjects which have long been relatively neglected by the academy. Particularly welcome is the collaboration with distinguished colleagues in the UK, US and Sweden whose expertise complements our own.” - Brendan Simms, Director of the Centre for Geopolitics and Professor of the History of International Relations 

Award details

3 Years (Fixed Length)
Fees (Home) Fees (International) Maintenance
3
No
Other (see below)

We welcome applications from candidates working on all aspects of historical and contemporary geopolitics, but preference may be given to those researching in areas of particular interest to the Centre for Geopolitics. These include the Geopolitics of the Baltic, Indo-Pacific Orders, and Peace-making in the Middle East. We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who will make their research interests, this programme, and the collaboration within the consortium come to life.

Generously supported by the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit, AJI brings together the Centre for Geopolitics at the University of Cambridge, the Centre for Grand Strategy in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and the Center for Statecraft and Political Communication at the Stockholm School of Economics. Over the next four years, these institutions will fund a cohort of up to twelve doctoral students who will come together in a kick-off event in Sweden in September 2022 to be joined by up to twenty-four post-doctoral fellows across the consortium. We hope to be able to recruit a cohort that is eager to make this collaboration come to life. With the help of an intellectually diverse community of faculty and practitioners that spans both sides of the Atlantic, AJI affiliated scholars will hone their work through conferences, seminars, workshops, and publishing opportunities and benefit from research centers with unique strengths that complement one another. In doing so, they will advance robust research agendas across the academy, develop innovative scholarly approaches and a shared pedagogical program, and bridge persistent gaps between the academy and policymaking with an eye towards addressing pressing policy problems. We would hope that the candidates will continue their relationship with the consortium beyond the scholarship and will pursue their research interests in the wider area after their degree.

Eligibility

Prospective applicant
PhD
Full Time
Department of Politics and International Studies
Department / School

Application Process

No
No

You must be nominated by your supervisor. Your supervisor will have received further information on who to contact in the Centre for Geopolitics. Your nomination is entirely up to your supervisor. Once a nomination has been received, we will reach out to you for the next steps in the application process.

Key dates

Candidates will have to be nominated by their supervisors. Please contact your supervisors to discuss a nomination for this studentship. Nominations can be submitted after the course deadline and will be eligible for the scholarship. However, nominations are considered on a rolling basis, so the earlier your nomination is received, the earlier you will be invited for interview and/or receive a decision.

Nominations are considered on a rolling basis. A decision will be made after the nomination by the supervisors has been received and reviewed. Initially successful candidates will then be invited for interview and will receive a final decision after all internal criteria have been weighed.