British Association for South Asian Studies

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29 May 2020

PhD Studentship - Southampton University

 Deadline: 30th June 2020

Successful South Asians in Britain: Narratives of Citizenship, Belonging, and Community

A fully funded studentship awarded by the India Centre for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development commencing in 2020/21 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team

Dr Ajit Naya (southampton Business School) 

Dr Priti Mishra (History)

Dr Bindi Shah (Economic, Social and Political Science)

The overarching goals of this interdisciplinary research are two-fold: i) to systematically capture, collate and document the unique contributions and multifaceted experiences of South Asian diaspora across generations, and ii) to understand the associated wider sociocultural, intellectual and economic impact that South Asians have had on British society. The research will focus on individuals who made significant contributions to shaping modern Britain. The term ‘multifaceted experiences’ relate to a broad spectrum of critical events across the life course of successful South Asians, including: arrival and settlement, community where offspring of migrants are born and brought up, childhood events, memories, home, social and working life, economic conditions, religious affiliation, political and cultural activities.

Skills Required

Essential: Masters in any Social Science discipline and/or History. Basic training in qualitative research methods.Interest in British South Asian histories and communities, immigrant entrepreneurship, race and ethnic studies, and migration studies.

Desirable: Experience in conducting life-history interviews, archival research, content analysis and ethnography.


The studentship provides an annual maintenance grant (tax-free) of £15,285 (2020/21 UKRI rate), plus payment of UK/EU programme fees. Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students). Please note, international students will be required to pay the difference in fee between the UK/EU rate and the international rate.

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 30th June 2020. To submit an application, please go to the link below and then click ‘Apply for this course’

Please ensure you apply under the ‘PhD Business Studies & Management’ programme

Please also email to inform the Graduate School Team that you are applying.

For informal enquiries and further information, please contact