UK Universities and Funding Guide

Undertaking doctoral studies can become expensive quick and finding assistance isn’t always easy. There are assessable options available for all students or potential students that are seeking PhD funding guidance.

The List of PhD Scholarships

Below we have composed a list of different PhD scholarships that are available for students. These PhD scholarships are separated through geological location and other variables.

PhD Scholarships – United Kingdom

UK Research Council and AHRB PhD Scholarships

PhD Scholarships

PhD Scholarships

Description: Only applicants that are eligible for UK Research Council funding or have their own funding will be able to obtain a studentship inside the UK. These scholarship schemes are developed for UK residents of at least three years. These awards are made to the academic departments that the student is studying in and not to the student directly. The following areas of study award these scholarships:

  • The Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Engineering and Physical Science Research Council
  • Natural Environment Research Council
  • Medical Research Council
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council

       Award: These award from fee scholarships to fully funded PhD scholarships.

  • UK Research Charities

Description: These type of scholarship opportunities are awarded for various reasons and are normally awarded directly to the school instead of to the student. More information about these scholarships can be obtained by talking with your specific department head. The following agencies offer charitable scholarships:

  • Wellcome Trust
  • Leverhulme Trust

Award: These awards vary in award ranges

International PhD Scholarships

Description: International applicants should always check with their countries Department or Ministry of Education for specialized international PhD scholarships. This is the first step in finding funding for international applicants who are wishing to study within the UK.

Australian Students

Description: Australian applicants are encouraged to use the search engine JASON. This search engine contains information regarding postgraduate scholarships and other funding opportunities for applicants living in Australia.

British Commonwealth PhD Scholarships

  • Commonwealth PhD Scholarship Plans

Description: This scholarship program was developed for applicants wishing to study in other commonwealth countries.

Award: These scholarships are intended for the full duration of PhD studies and cover fees and provide a generous living allowance for qualified applicants.

  • DFID Shared Scholarships

Description: This scholarship is developed for residents of developing commonwealth countries. These scholarships are usually awarded for subject areas such as social development and economics.

European Applicants (EU Students)

Description: These scholarships are awarded to students that live in the European countries and allows these students to travel to the UK for school.

Award: These scholarships generally cover fees only

USA Student Scholarships

  • Fulbright Scholarship

Description: These scholarships are intended for applicants who live in the United States and are planning to come to the UK for school.

Award: These are fully funded scholarship opportunities.

PhD Scholarships – All International Applicants

  • British Council Fellowships:

Description: These scholarships are reserved for special interest applicants studying in fields that have been deemed by the Council to be of special importance.

Award: Fully funded PhD scholarships.

  • Overseas Research PhD Scholarships

Description: These scholarships are reserved for applicants that show outstanding academic merit.

Award: These scholarship are awarded to cover the difference between domestic and international tuition rates.



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