- All applicants must apply through the DCGC website on this page, via the DCGC online application button (see below). You must not apply through any other route. You will be taken to the University of Kent online application system run by Kent Admissions. There is a generic online ‘application checklist’ available on the general admissions page which you are encouraged to consult for further advice on the various stages of the application. But please be aware that this checklist is used for over 200 different programmes of study within the University of Kent, so it may not at all points correspond to the advice given on this page. If you encounter any differences, the information on the DCGC pages is to be considered authoritative.
- At various points in the application you will be required to upload documentation. Generally, each stage will only allow the upload of a single file. Thus, if, for example, your transcripts are in multiple documents, then you must assemble them into a single file (preferably pdf). The same applies, for example, to degree certificates, which must be submitted in a single file.
- If you have any difficulties with the technology, you may receive advice from Kent Admissions, but ensure that enquiries like this are made well in advance of the application deadline. Applicants must be aware that failure to submit all the required documentation by the application deadline will render their application ineligible.
Because the online application process will take time — including the completion of the DCGC Application Cover Sheet, scanning and attachment of documents, etc. — applicants are strongly advised to ensure they give themselves sufficient time to complete the process in good time before the deadline. The technical operation of the online application has been proven to work well, but occasionally applicants may have problems arising from technical issues at their end or in a failure to follow the precise instructions. It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that they overcome these problems. The Kent Admissions staff are happy to help with any problems applicants may experience but they can only answer queries in office hours (UK time). It is for reasons like these that applicants are advised to give themselves plenty of time to complete the application process and to communicate with Kent Admissions staff should any problems arise. Kent admissions staff will not deal with any queries after the application deadline.
- Only in exceptional circumstances will the Selection Committee consider applications that do not have all the required documentation. In these cases, the applicant must
(i) inform the consortium of the circumstances in advance of the application deadline and
(ii) seek permission to submit an incomplete application.
Unless such permission has been explicitly given in writing in advance of the application deadline, an incomplete application will be regarded as ineligible. The final decision on eligibility is made by the Selection Committee.
- On the DCGC Application Cover Sheet you are expected to indicate your preference of the two partner universities co-supervising your research plus a second preference. In order to decide these preferences, you should examine the staff profiles in this web site (and, if necessary, on the relevant staff pages of the partner institutions), ensuring that their research interests are appropriate for your proposal. If you are in doubt about the fit of supervisory expertise to your research, then you should not contact supervisors direct but instead get in touch with the DCGC academic coordinator of the partner, i.e.
- Dr Phil Carney, University of Kent – P.Carney at kent.ac.uk
- Dr David Vig, ELTE – vigdavid at gmail.com
- Dr Bettina Paul, University Hamburg – Bettina.Paul at uni-hamburg.de
- Dr Damián Zaitch, Utrecht University – D.Zaitch at uu.nl
The DCGC Academic Coordinators for each partner will be able to clarify whether or not there is the relevant supervisory expertise at their institutions.
At the stage of application please note that you are indicating your preferences for the co-supervising universities and thus your first and second-choice mobility pathways. If you are accepted on to the DCGC programme, your research proposal, your supervisors and your mobility pathway will be discussed further and confirmed at the beginning of the first semester.
The application process
- Bachelors and masters degrees in social sciences or law. If you possess a licentiate or equivalent please contact the consortium to ensure that it is an eligible qualification. If your qualifications are in other subjects (such as the humanities) and you believe you should be considered for the DCGC, please contact the consortium. Applicants who finish their masters degree in good time before the start of the programme will be eligible to apply provided they contact the consortium in advance.
- Proficiency in English to the required level
All applicants will submit:
- DCGC Application Cover Sheet (downloaded from this page)
- Research Proposal (2000 words)
- Letter of motivation/purpose (500 words)
- Curriculum vitae (using the prescribed format)
- Names of two referees that can attest to your academic ability and standing
- Degree certificates and transcripts
- Other documentation (see below)
The following 6 steps will take you through the required stages of the process. (Please click on the headings to read steps 2-6.)
Please read carefully through the Entry Criteria. Make sure that your application documents contain all the information required by the selection panel. If vital documentation is missing, the consortium will make every effort to contact you and give you a chance to amend your application, but we can only do so prior to the application deadline. So the earlier you apply the better your chances are of having the application completed on time.
Please complete the DCGC Application Cover Sheet. You will need to complete this sheet electronically, print it off, sign it, get it scanned, and then have the scanned version ready to be uploaded on to the electronic application form under section 8 (where you will be prompted to do so).
In addition to the Application Cover Sheet, you need to have the following documents ready on your computer to be uploaded onto the web. Under each heading you will only be allowed to upload one single file, so in case you have to include more than one document (for example, original plus translation) you will have to put all these documents into a single file first. Please ensure that each file is no bigger than 5MB and that you use only the following formats: .txt, .doc, .docx, .pdf.
- Research proposal (2000 words, excluding bibliography);
- Statement of why you wish to be considered for admission (500 words);
- Your most recent curriculum vitae (European CV format);
- Your degree certificates, plus certified translations into English;
- Your transcripts (interim or final) with grades and degree classification, plus certified translations into English;
- A copy of your passport or identity card.
Click the DCGC online application button (on this page). This link will take you directly to the DCGC programme:
You will be asked first for your name, your date of birth, and your email address. Once you’ve submitted this information, an email will be sent to you with another link that takes you to the application form proper. (Note that as a security measure you will have to submit your date of birth a second time before you have full access.) Once your name and date of birth are on the system, you can interrupt the process of completing the online application form at any point by pressing the ‘Save for later’ button at the bottom of the form. The data you have already entered will be automatically saved.
The online application form has 8 sections.
Section 1: Personal Details. Please provide the information requested. Note that in cases of dual or multiple nationality, you must decide under which single nationality you are applying to this programme.
Section 2: Contact Details. The form asks you for both a current address and a correspondence address (these may of course be identical). Your correspondence address should be valid for the period between the submission date of your application and the start date of the programme (September 2013).
Section 3: Kent Study Details. If you have accessed the application form through the link provided above, this section will be prepopulated with DCGC data. You will be asked ‘how you are intending to fund your studies’. If you are not applying for an Erasmus Mundus Fellowship please tick ‘Private Finance’ here or select another source of funding from the options available.
Section 4: Professional and Academic Qualifications. Here we first of all need information on your language abilities. Indicate your native language, and then upload your language certificates that show how you meet the requirements of the DCGC language policy. Under the – info – sign on the left there is a further reminder of the details of this policy and the required certificates. We then need information on your previous academic qualifications. In the table provided, please enter the name of the institution, the duration of your studies, etc.
If you have transcripts and final degree certificates of your results from any of these institutions, you should have them ready to be uploaded under section 8 below. If you do not have any transcripts and certificates available, you must get the institutions where you obtained them to send copies directly to Kent, using the address provided.
Candidates who can demonstrate appropriate learning and experience of an equivalent level will be considered on the basis of a detailed portfolio. You should attach this here.
Section 5: Work Experience. Please provide details in case you have any prior work experience.
Section 6: Information Source. Please tell us where you first found out about this programme.
Section 7: References. We require the names of two referees who will attest to your academic standing and potential. Referees will be sent an automatic reference request using the contact details you have provided. It is your responsibility as an applicant to ensure that your referees respond promptly to requests for a reference.
Section 8: Further Documents. Your application will not be complete without the further documents specified in STEP 3 which have to be uploaded to the web under the headings provided in this section. Only one file can be uploaded under each heading. Please ensure that each file is no bigger than 5MB and that you use only the following formats: .txt, .doc, .docx, .pdf.
Check through the application form again and make sure that you have provided all the required information. If you are certain that the form is complete, press ‘Submit the application form’ and you are finished. Congratulations!
To make your application, press the online application button below. Before making the application, make sure you have read the ‘Important Notes’ and the ‘Application Process’ sections above, as well as the ‘Requirements’ and ‘Entry Criteria’ pages. We also recommend you read the ‘Research Proposal Guidance’ page.
DCGC online application
DCGC online application
Download DCGC Application Cover Sheet.
DCGC Application Cover Sheet (an updated version will be available shortly)