Annual PhD Scholarships Competition

Offering the chance for those interested in PhD research to get their study paid for.

The Annual PhD Scholarship Competition offers the chance for those interested in undertaking PhD research to have their full-time study paid for.

Department for the Economy and Vice-Chancellor's Research scholarships are available to home and overseas applicants, with three years of fees paid, an annual non-taxable maintenance grant of approx. £15,600, a Research Training and Support grant of £900 per year and access to paid teaching opportunities.

View guidance and step-by-step video instructions on making an online application.

Applicants must provide evidence of their English language proficiency.


The timetable for the Annual Scholarship competition for September 2022 entry is as follows:

Annual Scholarship Competition Timetable
Competition opens 17 December 2021
Closing dates for online applications

4pm on 7 February 2022 for applications to: 

  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Psychology
  • Computing
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Engineering

4pm on 28 February 2022 for applications to: 

  • Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
  • Business and Management
  • Nursing and Health
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Law
  • Social Work and Social Policy
  • Education
  • Modern Languages and Linguistics
  • English Language and Literature
  • Art and Design
  • Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts
  • Communication, Media Studies and Library & Information Management
  • History
Interviews by Faculties March/April 2022
Outcome letters sent to applicants By 25 April 2022 for projects closing on 7 February and by 9 May for projects closing on 28 February
Scholarships commence September 2022

Eligibility Criteria

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.  We may also consider applications from those who hold equivalent qualifications, for example, a Lower Second Class Honours Degree plus a Master’s Degree with Distinction.

In exceptional circumstances, the University may consider a portfolio of evidence from applicants who have appropriate professional experience which is equivalent to the learning outcomes of an Honours degree in lieu of academic qualifications.

Applicants who already hold a doctoral degree or who have been registered on a programme of research leading to the award of a doctoral degree on a full-time basis for more than one year, or part-time equivalent, funded from any source, including self-financing researchers, are NOT eligible for a scholarship.

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

Competition for funded entry is very high. It is important that all parts of the application process are completed in accordance with the instructions.  All applicants are advised to discuss their application with the staff noted within the project description prior to submission.

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.