At a glance
Open to students enrolled on:
|Award value||These scholarships cover full fees and stipend for one year. It is renewable for a further three years subject to performance.|
|Closing date||It is expected that award decisions will be made close to the end of March and that candidates will be informed of the outcome very soon afterwards.|
You must have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant subject and a Masters degree, preferably at distinction level. You must submit a research proposal and be able to supply two reference letters. Scholarship available for one year and renewable for a further three years subject to performance.
PhD funding is available to both UK and International students.
How to apply:
Following a successful application onto our PhD programme, a candidate will normally be eligible to apply for a studentship. The candidate only needs to be nominated by their proposed supervisory team for a studentship. You should note that applications to the PhD programme will only be successful if there is a proposed supervisory team in place.
It is possible that academic staff could help someone with a successful application to the PhD programme but not be prepared to nominate them for a studentship. For instance, the department may wish to allocate candidates with PhD studentships to a range of colleagues and it would not be appropriate for an individual academic to nominate several candidates.
Normally, assuming that the candidate has already been accepted onto the PhD programme, the deadline for nomination by the supervisory team is expected to be the last working day in February.
In March, an awarding panel will meet to make decisions on the award of studentships. Members of the panel will evaluate candidates on the basis of the quality of their initial research proposal, their academic qualifications, relevant academic and professional experience and fit with the department’s priorities at that time.
It is expected that award decisions will be made close to the end of March and that candidates will be informed of the outcome very soon afterwards.
A number of outcomes are possible. The candidate may be awarded a studentship. The candidate may not be awarded a studentship but is put on a reserve list with the intention of offering them a scholarship if a successful candidate declines an offer at a later stage. Finally, the panel may decide that the candidate should neither be awarded a studentship nor should be put on a reserve list.
If all studentships are not awarded in the March round, applications accepted after the first round may also be considered. This second potential meeting of an award panel will take place in May or June if required.
Deferment of studentship
Successful candidates must take up any offered studentship in the academic year that it has been offered. If a candidate is unable to start the programme at the beginning of the academic year for which the offer is made, we will need to withdraw the offer and award it to another candidate. Candidates can, of course, apply again for a studentship in the following year.
Studentships for part-time or distance study
Studentships are not available for part-time PhD study or for PhD by distance.