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Wiseman Khuzwayo PhD Scholarship in Refugees and Human Trafficking

About this project

The Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation seeks applications for the Wiseman Khuzwayo PhD scholarship in the broad interdisciplinary area of refugees and human trafficking. The research will examine the links between migration, trafficking and contemporary slavery. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with interests in the experience of refugees and asylum seekers, forced labour, vulnerability to sexual and criminal exploitation, the impact of interaction with agencies, and victim identification and care (including the safeguarding of children). Candidates should ideally have a background in Criminology, Law, Sociology or Social Policy. 

This scholarship has been funded by University of Hull alumni and is named after Wiseman Derrick Khuzwayo (1954 – 2017) who graduated from Hull with a law degree in 1981. Wiseman was forced into exile following detention and torture by the South African police during Apartheid and was supported in his studies by University of Hull students.  He became a journalist after returning to South Africa in 1991.

The research focus links directly to the work of the Wilberforce Institute, which is a forum for academic discourse and interaction on slavery in all its forms, historical and contemporary. In 2016 the Institute was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, which recognises work that is considered of ‘outstanding excellence’. 

The Institute has strong interdisciplinary links with Criminology, Social Sciences, History and Education. It works with partners to provide a lead in the community and Government. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in these different outreach activities and to foster close working relationships with local and national agencies, including refugee charities and campaigning organisations, the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership and the Office of the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.


For further information regarding this project please contact Professor John Oldfield.

Next steps


To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary.

Entry requirements

In order to demonstrate suitability to be awarded this scholarship, we encourage applicants to submit with their application a PhD research proposal. This proposal, which will play a key role in the selection process, should consist of 2,000-3,000 words and include:

  • a statement of your research objectives and/or core research questions
  • your approach, in broad term, to answering those questions
  • how your research will advance, develop or challenge the existing literature
  • a brief summary of the knowledge, skills and relevant experience that makes you especially qualified to conduct this research.

We normally require prospective candidates to have a Master’s level qualification.

The University of Hull is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage applications from those who may have a refugee background, women in particular, or experience of working with refugees, or who are actively involved in refugee communities in the UK.

How to apply

Applications for scholarship consideration at the University of Hull should be made through the Postgraduate Application system.

On the second page of your application, please select “Graduate Scholarship” as the type of scholarship you are applying for. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to first identify and contact a potential supervisor.

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Application deadline: Monday 29 January 2018


Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.