Awards for international research applicants

International applicants wishing to undertake a research degree at Ulster University may apply for the following awards:

Vice-Chancellor's Research Scholarships (VCRS)

University Studentships/Vice-Chancellor's Research Studentships (VCRS)

From time to time the University makes funding available to support University Studentships.

These awards are open to applicants who hold or, expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree and provide for payment of fees and maintenance allowance.

Applicants should indicate in the appropriate area on their University application form that they wish to apply for a University Studentship/VCRS award.

The competition for these awards will open in late December each year.

Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.

Applicants with up to one year’s current or previous registration for PhD at any institution may be considered for an award subject to the applicant providing evidence of good academic progress, formal release from all IP restrictions and ethical approval (if required).

Three-year awards may be allocated to such applicants where they are taking-up a new project at Ulster. In cases where the applicant is continuing with a project already commenced at Ulster, the duration of the award will be reduced by the full period of any previous registration.

VCRS Terms and Conditions for 2017/2018

Any funding opportunities will be advertised on our Funding Opportunities page as soon as they become available.

British Council - Newton PhD Programme

The aim of the Newton PhD Programme is to facilitate the capacity-building of individuals, and the building of sustainable, long-lasting links between UK and overseas institutions, through PhD scholarships, placements, and partnerships.

Applicants can find further information on the British Council's website.

British Council - Newton-Bhabha PhD Placement Programme

The Newton-Bhabha PhD Placement Programme provides scholarships to support short-term PhD placements between UK and Indian institutions.

The awards are provided by the British Council and the Indian Department of Science and Technology.

Applicants can find further information on the British Council's website.

Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund

The Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund provides awards ranging from £500 to £3,000 to Canadian men and women for academic and artistic study in the UK on full-time multi-year postgraduate programmes.  Applicants can find further information on the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund's website.

Chevening Scholarship

Chevening is the UK government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders and offers prestigious awards that enable overseas students to study in the UK.  Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world.

Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.

Applications for Chevening Scholarships and some Chevening Fellowship awards are now closed. Applications for various Chevening Fellowships programmes open at different points during the year, so please visit your country page for more information via their website.

China Scholarships Council

Scholarships are available for Chinese PhD students wishing to study at a University outside of China.  Applicants can find further information on the China Scholarships Council's website.

Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) is an international scholarship programme.  In the UK it is responsible for awarding academically bright citizens of developing Commonwealth countries with funding to undertake postgraduate study at UK universities.

The CSC wishes to promote equal opportunity, gender equity and cultural exchange.

You should apply directly through the Commonwealth website.

All applications should be made via the nominating agency in your home country. Applicants are also advised to apply for admission to Ulster using the online application process.

Applicants can find further information on our information sheet and on the Commonwealth Scholarship's website.

Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD and split-site (PhD) study – developed Commonwealth country citizens - apply directly to the CSC using their Electronic Application System (EAS).

Croucher Foundation

The Croucher Foundation is an independent private foundation dedicated to promoting the standard of the natural sciences, technology and medicine in Hong Kong.

The scholarships provide permanent residents of Hong Kong with an opportunity to devote themselves to a period of full-time study or research in natural science, medicine or technology in approved academic institutions outside Hong Kong.

The scholarships normally comprise of an annual maintenance allowance, assistance towards air passage plus tuition fees up to and including the third year of the relevant PhD studies programme.  Applicants can find more information on the Croucher Foundation's website.

Fulbright Commission

Fulbright Commission Awards are offered to US citizens to be used towards tuition fees and maintenance costs in their first year of a Masters or PhD study in any discipline at any UK university.

Applicants can find more information on the Fulbright Commission's website.

Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation

The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation  scholarships are available to Indian citizens who have done their first degree in India.  Applicants can find further information on their website.

Lanekassen - Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund

The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund can offer grants/loans to Norwegian students studying abroad.  Applicants can find further information on their website.

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to enable them to study for a degree in the United Kingdom.  Applicants can find further information on their website.

Regeneration Centre of Thailand Scholarships

Scholarships are available from the Regeneration Centre of Thailand to fund graduate students of Southeast Asian heritage across the world to help in the furthering of their education.  Applicants can find further information on their website.

Roberto Rocca Fellowships

Fellowships are available for exceptional university graduates from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Romania and Venezuela.  The Roberto Rocca Education Programme offers fellowships to help fund studies towards PHD degrees in specific fields of study including Materials Science, Mechanical, and Petroleum Engineering (see Eligibility requirements), at a university of the student's choosing outside his or her home country.  Each year, the Programme awards around 12 to 15 new Fellowships.  Fellows are selected by the Programme's Scientific Committee comprising senior managers of the sponsoring companies.

Fellowships are awarded for a period of two years and may be used for tuition, fees and living expenses. The award amount will depend on the candidate’s financial need but in general Fellowships do not cover all expenses and candidates are encouraged to seek complementary sources of funding.  At the discretion of the Roberto Rocca Education Program, fellowships may be renewed for up to an additional two years.

The two-month application period for the Roberto Rocca Fellowships will begin on 24 October 2016.  Applicants can find further information on their website.

Trudeau Foundation

Scholarships are available to Canadian citizens applying to a doctoral program in social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program.  Applicants can find further information on their website.

International Agencies

Some international organisations such as UNESCO and WHO operate schemes, usually for developing countries. Details should be available from the Ministry of Education, or equivalent, in the applicant's own country.

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