University Funding

Applications from any field of research in the Faculty of Science are welcome. Browse our Find a PhD feed for named projects. Funding may also be available for excellent candidates who obtain an offer of a place for a project of their own.

University Research Studentship Award (URSA)

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three years. This includes:

  • full tuition fees
  • annual training support fee
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate) for Home/EU only (no stipend for overseas fee status)

Scheme opens: Currently open.

Scheme closes: 16 March 2018.

Find out more about the University Research Studentships and how to apply.

Research Councils UK Funding

The Research Councils UK (RCUK) include The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). They award funding for Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs).

EPSRC DTP Studentships

These are flexible awards to support doctoral training in any areas of engineering and the physical sciences with relevance to the EPSRC remit.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • training support fee £1,000 pa
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)

Scheme opens:

Scheme closes: Applications are now closed.

Find out more about the EPSRC DTP Studentships and how to apply.

EPSRC Centre for Digital Entertainment studentships

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. This includes:

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • training support fee £2,500 pa
  • maintenance stipend £16,277 pa (2018/19 rate)

EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only.

Scheme opens: Autumn 2018.

Scheme closes: To be confirmed.

You need to:

  • be a Home / EU postgraduate research student
  • have a minimum of a 2:1 degree and either a MChem/MSci or a Masters in an appropriate related subject

Find out more about the Centre for Digital Entertainment and how to apply for the studentships.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics

This studentship supports the CDT-CMT programme.

Studentship value:Funding lasts for up to four years. This includes:

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • training support fee £1,000 pa
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)

EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only

Scholarships available: 12

Scheme opens: Autumn 2018.

Scheme closes: To be confirmed.

Find out more about the Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics and how to apply for the studentships.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in New and Sustainable Photovoltaics

Scholarship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. This includes:

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • training support fee £1,000 pa
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)

EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition.

Scheme opens: To be confirmed.
Scheme closes: Applications are now closed.

Find out more about the Centre for Doctoral Training in New and Sustainable Photovoltaics and how to apply for the studentships.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies Studentship

You can apply for this studentship if you are a full-time postgraduate student studying sustainable chemical technologies.

Scholarship value: Funding lasts for up to four years: This includes:

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)

EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only.

Scheme opens: Applications for 2018 entry are now open.
Scheme closes: Open until filled.

Find out more about the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies and how to apply for the studentships.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics: Science & Engineering (WISE)

Applications are accepted from a field of Engineering and Science.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. This include:

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)

EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only.

Scheme opens: Autumn 2018.
Scheme closes: To be confirmed.

Applications are now closed.

Find out more about the Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics: Science & Engineering (WISE) and how to apply for the studentships.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa)

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. These include:

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)

Scheme opens: To be confirmed.
Scheme closes: Applications are now closed.

Find out more about Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa) and how to apply for the studentships.

BBSRC SWBio Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

The BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience to promote innovation in the bioeconomy. Browse our Find a PhD feed for named projects.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. These include:

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • training support fee £5,000 pa
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)

EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only

Scheme opens: To be confirmed.
Scheme closes: Applications are now closed.

Find out more about the South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership PhD projects and how to apply for the studentships.

MRC Funding

The MRC works to improve the health of people in the UK by supporting excellent science and training the very best scientists.

MRC GW4 Biomed DTP Studentships

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • training support fee £1,000 pa
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)

Scheme opens: Autumn 2018.
Scheme closes: To be confirmed.

Applications are now closed.

Find out more about the GW4 BioMed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership and how to apply for the studentships.

NERC Funding

The NERC is the UK's leading public funder of environmental science.

NERC GW4 FRESH Doctoral Studentships

You can apply for this studentship if you want to study in the fields of Atmospheres, Oceans and Ice, Biogeochemical Cycles, Natural Hazards and Resources, or Water.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • training support fee £1,000 pa
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)

Scheme opens: To be confirmed.
Scheme closes: Applications are now closed.

Find out more about the NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP) and how to apply for the studentships.