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Annual Competition

Annual PhD Studentship Competition for 2017/18 entry

The University's main competition for funding for full-time PhD and MRes for entry in the 2017/18 academic year will open on 19 December 2016 and close on 24 February 2017.

We have a number of types of awards; for those with UK/EU residency we have a series of awards through Department for the Economy (DfE) and for those of all nationalities we have Vice-Chancellor's Research Studentship (VCRS) awards.

Both types of awards will comprise fees together with an annual stipend of £14,553 and will be awarded for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress.  All awards can be used in support of any of the advertised projects which are available via the faculty links further down this page.

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

Applicants should be aware that the competition for funded entry is very high. It is important that all parts of the application process are completed in accordance with 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.

Available projects listed by Faculty:

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Timetable for annual scholarship competition

Projects advertised

19 December 2016

Closing Date

24 February 2017

Interviews by Faculties

March/April 2017

Letters to applicants

May/June/July/August 2017

Studentships commence

September 2017