Diverse voices is the PSA's lastest initiative to support black and minority ethnic scholars currently undertaking PhD study in politics and international relations.

The launch of the diverse voices scholarships and grants attracted a wide variety of applicants from universities from across the United Kingdom.

The PSA looked to award three Diverse Voices Scholarships in 2022 to PhD students who had either completed their first year of PhD study or were advacing into their final year and who self-identified as Black British, Asian British, or minority ethnic UK permanent residents. 

Applications were also invited for up to three £1000 Diverse Voices Early Career Research Grants to advance scholars from under-represented groups.


We are now delighted to tell you of the recipients of these scholarships and grants - who will also benefit from a year’s complimentary PSA membership and support from PSA Trustees.


Diverse Voices Scholars:

  • Darlington Nyambiya a PhD researcher at Bournemouth University looking at The Social Media Revolution and Political Activism. A Case Study of Zimbabwe.


  • Hubert Au undertaking a DPhil at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford entitled The News Transitional Movement: The Case of #MeToo.


  • Neha Doshi undertaking a PhD at the London Metropolitan University entitled Talking B(l)ack: Race, Podcasting and Social Media.


  • Pascal L. Mowla undertaking a DPhil at Oriel College, University of Oxford entitled The Ethos of Equality of Opportunity.


  • Stephanie Ifill a doctoral researcher in politics at the University of Westminster drawing attention to epistemology, and the self-in-the-everyday as both political sites.


Diverse Voices Early Career Research Grants:


  • Xiaowan Cang from University of Oxford: Historicising and conceptualising China’s new Three-Child Policy and reproductive life.
  • Dr Skyler Hawkins from Newcastle University: Analysis and presentation of data on electoral activity of the 2022 US midterm elections and 2024 general election.
  • Dr Gabriela Patricia Garcia Garcia from University of Aberdeen: Tensions between security and human rights in governmental responses to refugee movements in a Global South context.


PSA Trustee Dr Roula S. Nezi, remarked:

“This new PSA initiative will play a part in supporting black and minority ethnic scholars currently undertaking PhD study in politics and international relations. Funds set aside for the scholarship were initially for three candidates but due to the high volume of applications received, I am delighted to say we extended our financial and mentoring support to these five impressive scholars. The Trustees and I are thrilled to welcome them into the wider PSA family!

“I look forward to working with each candidate to help them further their careers as Politics academics and advance these exciting areas of research.”


We will keep you updated on their progress and wish them every success in taking their work forward in the 2022/23 academic year.