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. £15,500, a Research Training and Support grant of £900 per year and access to paid teaching opportunities.

Competition opens 18 December 2020.

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The timetable for the Annual Scholarship competition for September 2021 entry is as follows:

Annual Scholarship Competition Timetable
Competition opens 18 December 2020
Closing dates for online applications Midnight on 5 February 2021 for applications to the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences and the Ulster Business School.

Midnight on 26 February 2021 for applications to the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Interviews by Faculties April 2021
Outcome letters sent to applicants Late April/early May 2021
Scholarships commence September 2021

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. Applicants deemed by Senate to hold an equivalent qualification will also be considered.
  • 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.