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PhD scholarship opportunities


PhD Studentship in personal protective equipment for accidentally high risk circumstances under extreme situations
Closing date      20 May 2016
Contact Dr Seng-kwan Choi


PhD Studentship in Life and Health Sciences
Closing date      27 May 2016
Contact Dr Sinead Keeney


DEL CAST PhD Studentship in collaboration with Repknight Ltd
Closing date      27 May 2016
Contact Prof Maurice Mulvenna


DEL CAST PhD Studentship in collaboration with EV-U™ Solutions Ltd
Closing date      1 July 2016
Contact Dr Joan Condell

Want to study on a self-funded basis?  Or have a private sponsor?

If you plan to self-fund your studies or have a sponsor who will fund your research study, you may apply at any point in the year – just download the Research Prospectus to find out more about project areas which we are able to support at Ulster.

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Annual Studentship Competition - now closed

The University's main competition for funding for full-time PhD and MRes for entry in the 2016/17 academic year closed on 26 February 2016.   We have two types of awards; for those with UK/EU residency we have awards through Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) and for those of all nationalities we have Vice Chancellor's Research Studentship (VCRS) awards. The awards will comprise fees together with an annual stipend of £14,296 and will be awarded for a period of up to three years' subject to satisfactory progress.  These awards can be applied to any of the advertised projects which are available via the faculty links below. 

Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree in a subject relevant to the proposed area of study; applicants deemed by Senate to hold an equivalent qualification will also be considered.  

All applicants should also hold relevant English language qualifications.  All applications for studentships will be considered on a competitive basis and with regard to the candidate's qualifications, skills, experience and interests.

Applicants should be aware that the competition for funded entry is very high and are advised to discuss their application prior to submission with the staff noted within the project description.

Applicants should note that disclosure of disability or personal circumstances should be made as part of the application process or as soon as possible thereafter in order to facilitate any necessary accommodation.

Available projects listed by Faculty: 

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Timetable for annual scholarship competition 
Projects advertised   December 2015
Closing Date   26 February 2016
Interviews by Faculties March/April 2016
Letters to applicants May/June/July/August 2016
Studentships commence September 2016