Identity, Place and Mobility grant resources


Information about funded research projects that highlight the research theme Identity, Place and Mobility, including details about the current Research Theme Reid Scholarship holder.

2014 Research Theme Reid Scholarships

Reid Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Each Research Theme has a Reid Scholarship attached (maintenance at RCUK rate and HEU fee waiver), intended for doctoral students pursuing interdisciplinary research with a supervisory team composed of supervisors from two academic departments.  The aim is to attract high-quality students onto our programmes and develop a vibrant research environment with the facilities to support growth in postgraduate research students as well as maintaining Royal Holloway's position as a world ranking university.

Reid Scholarship holder for the research theme Identity, Place, and Mobility 2013/14

Langton Miriyoga Department of Politics and International Relations.

Supervisors: Dr Julia Gallagher (PIR) and Professor David Simon (Geography).

Where do migrants belong? An inquiry into the factors shaping transnational citizenship of migrants within the Southern African region.

The project will explore the dominant factors that influence migrants' senses of identity and belonging within the Southern African context.   Human mobility and globalisation are often touted as the main factors providing opportunities for migrants to assume and articulate new identities and forms of citizenship; yet in many cases we find that migrants encounter growing forms of hostility including xenophobia. 

What senses of belonging and identity emerge within migrant communities settled in such circumstances, and what factors shape these processes? The project will explore this question by specifically looking into the experiences of Zimbabwean migrants in South Africa and will expose some of the intervening factors which may aid or impede the formation of new identities as suggested by scholars of globalisation.

More information on the  Research Theme Reid Scholarships.

Global Development: the role of trans local elites in Afro Eurasia

  • Professor Sandra Halperin (Principal investigator)
  • Department of Politics and International Relations

Application/ funding

 Status                                                         Awarded                                                                  
 Period  1 March 2010 - 28 February 2013
 Total award  £228,277
 Funding organisation   Leverhulme Trust
 Awarded date  18 December 2009

Indigeneity in the Contemporary World

Indigeneity in the Contemporary World: A Transnational and Interdisciplinary Study of Performance, Politics and Belonging


This transnational and interdisciplinary project explores how indigeneity is expressed and understood in our complex, globalising world. The aim is to determine what indigeneity has come to mean in particular places and at key moments over the last several decades, and what kind of cultural, political, ethical and aesthetic issues are negotiated within its canvass. 

To address these questions, the research team will analyse performance as a vital mode of cultural representation and a dynamic social practice. Performance is interpreted broadly to include not only theatre, film and dance, but also mixed-media and site-based work, Olympic pageantry, festival events, political protests and cultural displays within tourism ventures. In this context, indigeneity is recognised as a fluid and contested concept with very particular local inflections and investments, even among original peoples or 'First Nations' who regard themselves as indigenous to specific areas. While the research will focus on regions settled during the great era of European imperialism, notably Australia, the Pacific Islands, the Americas and South Africa, the project also addresses the transnational circulation of indigeneity as a highly marketable commodity, particularly in Europe. 

Under the leadership of Professor Helen Gilbert, the multinational research team works within four broad conceptual themes: 'Commodity and Spectacle', 'Heritage and Material Culture', 'Mobility and Belonging' and 'Reconciliation and Social Cohesion'. 

Find out more here.

Application / funding

 Period                                                          1 April 2009 - 30 November 2014                              
 Project website
 Total award  £1, 817, 941
 Funding organisation  European Research Council

Music, mobility and the Mediterranean melting-pot

  • Dr Stephen Rose (Principal investigator)
  • Department of Music

Application/ funding

Period                                                      1 February 2013 - 30 June 2013             
Total award                                                 £6,642                                                                      
Funding organisation   The Creativeworks, London

Geographies of Identity and Performance in Asian American Theatre

Application/ funding

 Status  Awarded
 Period  1 February 2008 to 1 April 2009
 Total award  £90,887
 Funding organisation  Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC)
 Awarded date   29 June 2014

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in local, regional and global perspective

Application/ funding

 Status                                                         Awarded                                                                  
 Period  1 October 2013 to 30 September 2016
 Total award  £69,000
 Funding organisation   Leverhulme Trust

Royal Holloway Doctoral awards worth £4 million

As a  renowned world-class institution, Royal Holloway is  committed to supporting and developing the next generation of researchers. 

We recognise that funding is often an obstacle for talented students, and for this reason we have Royal Holloway Scholarships worth £4 million available to research students starting in 2014.

Royal Holloway scholarships for research students

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of  academic excellence to new students who will commence a doctoral course full- or part-time during the academic year 2014-15.

Name of award Value and benefits Eligibility criteria

Reid Scholarship

A Home/EU tuition fee waiver and a maintenance award of £15,726 per annum for up to three years (full time) or £7,863 for up to six years (part time) Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence to new students who will commence a doctoral course full-or part-time in the academic year 2014-15.
Crossland Scholarship A  maintenance award of £5,000 per annum for up to three years (full time) or  £2,500 for up to six years (part time)  and a Home/EU fee waiver
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence to new students who will commence a doctoral course full-or part-time during the academic year 2014-15
College Research Scholarship A Home/EU  tuition fee waiver for up to three years (full time) or six years (part time)
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence to new students who will commence a doctoral course full- or part-time during the academic year 2014-15
Overseas Student Fee Waiver Offers up to £13,170 towards overseas tuition fees per annum for up to three years (full time) or six years (part time)
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence to new students who will commence a doctoral course full- or part-time during the academic year 2014-15
Alumni Bursaries Bursaries are given on one occasion only in the first year of study and are  worth £500 for UK/EU students and £750 for overseas students 
All alumni of the College who enrol for a postgraduate course are automatically granted an Alumni Bursary.

Research Council grants for UK/EU Students

UK students are eligible for consideration for Research Council funding, which normally covers standard fees at Home/EU rate plus an annual stipend.  EU students are eligible for consideration for fee-only awards, although some EU students may be eligible for an annual stipend.

Students interested in applying for research funding from a Research Council should  follow the instructions below.

Research Council funding at Royal Holloway

Research Councils provide competitive funding for UK and European Union residents to study specific Masters programmes and research degrees in a range of areas. 

A list of research councils, including the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council), and further information on how to apply can be found on the  Research Councils page.

Research Council

Discipline / department

Eligible programmes


Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Arts and Humanities, including History and Human Geography

Master's and research

Please consult our AHRC page for more information

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Social Science, Geography and Psychology, in collaboration with Kent, Reading and Surrey

Master's and research

Please consult our ESRC page for more information 

Any outstanding queries should be forwarded to

Here at Royal Holloway the Student Finance and Funding team can help you look for  outside funding from charities / organisations that are able to distribute money to students depending on their individual need and circumstances.

We recommend you look for funding around six to nine months before the start of your course. This is to ensure you have enough time to apply and receive responses / funds (where accepted).

Find out more about sources of funding.

Funding specifically for women

Individual departments may make an additional contribution to the value of the stipend for the above College research awards, and this may be linked to teaching in the department. Please contact your chosen department  for further information.

Although students applying from outside the European Union will not be able to apply for sponsorship from UK Research Councils,  your own government may provide a scholarship scheme to help you study overseas, or there may be banks in your country that offer international student loans.

If  you are applying from the USA you may be eligible for Direct Stafford and PLUS Federal loans, and veterans' benefits if you are a veteran of the US Military.

If you are applying from Canada you may be eligible for loans from your government. Further information can be found on our  North American funding page.

Your local British Council office should be able to provide information on scholarship and loan schemes available in your country, as well as general scholarship schemes that you may be eligible for. Further information is available on their  website.


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