PhD Studentships in the UK for International Students in 2018

PhD Studentships in the UK for International Students in 2018

See PhD studentship opportunities in Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and more


Are you planning to come to the UK for your PhD? The course fees for international students may seem intimidating at first but rest assured that there are numerous PhD studentships to help you with the costs. We have mentioned some in this article but this is far from an exhaustive list. It’s best to do your own research once you have chosen your dream course and university on the HelloUni app (found on Google Play and iTunes). Here is how you can use the HelloUni app to get the maximum of it.


Scottish Universities Physics Alliance Studentship Programme

Open to both UK and overseas students, the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance 2018 Prize Studentship Programme offers prize PhD studentships and over 100 other funded PhD places in physics in Scotland. When you apply for a PhD studentship you will also be considered for all other funded places. These places will be available in physics departments. These departments are in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St. Andrews, Strathclyde and University of the West of Scotland. Applications should be made using the online application form by 31st January 2018.


PhD studentships at the London School of Economics

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is awarding over 100 full PhD studentships in 2018 covering the full tuition fees and an annual stipend of £18,000. These are available for students from all over the world undertaking research in any LSE discipline.


Oxford University scholarships

The University of Oxford has over 1,100 fully-funded scholarships for new masters’ and doctoral students in 2018-19. Open to students from all countries, scholarships cover the complete academic range of Oxford’s graduate courses. Filling out a standard course application usually means you will be automatically considered for a scholarship as well. Depending on the course, the application deadline is either the 8 or 19 January 2018.


Nottingham Trent University studentships

Nottingham Trent University offers over 50 fully-funded PhD studentships in 2018 across a range of subjects. Open to applicants who wish to study on a full-time basis only, the PhD studentship will pay UK/EU fees. It will also provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate.  Currently, this rate set at £14,553 for up to three years. The studentships are expected to commence in October 2018 while applications close on 30 November.



Edinburgh University PhD studentships

The University of Edinburgh offers fully-funded PhD studentships in Philosophy. The scholarships are open to all students and cover the full-time tuition fee. Moreover, it also covers an annual stipend of £14,553 for three years. The deadline for applications is 1 December 2017. Everyone who applies for the PhD Philosophy programme is automatically considered for a scholarship.

The same PhD studentship is offered to anyone studying Linguistics and English Language at Edinburgh. However, the application deadline is 24 November 2017.

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at The University of Edinburgh offers funded PhDs for September 2018 entry across a number of research areas from animal biology to cancer research. The deadline for the majority of PhD Studentships for 2018/19 entry is the end of January 2017.



University of Exeter scholarship scheme

As part of the University of Exeter’s Diamond Jubilee Scholarship scheme, applications are open for a fully-funded PhD studentship in the College of Humanities. The Hugh Young Studentship aims to support an outstanding international candidate to undertake a PhD in the area of modern or contemporary Indonesian art, literature and politics. The studentship will be available from January 2018 for a period of up to 3 years. It will also cover full International tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £14,553. The application deadline is 19 November 2017.

Additionally, the University of Exeter’s Global Excellence Scholarship offers international PhD students up to £5000 against their first-year International tuition fees in a number of disciplines. The application deadline is 31st January 2018.

Chinese students can apply for up to 10 full-time PhD scholarships in a variety of subjects at the University of Exeter by 29 January 2018.


University of Surrey studentships

The University of Surrey offers over 100 fully funded studentships for 2018 across a range of disciplines.



The British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation offers six 4-Year PhD Studentships to EU applicants wishing to study cardiovascular research training at the University of Manchester. Successful applicants receive full support for their tuition fees, all research expenses and an annual stipend (currently £19,919). The application deadline is 1 December 2017.



The University of Cambridge studentships

The University of Cambridge has a PhD studentships in Zoology and Marine Biology. It covers University Composition Fee at the Home/EU rate. It also has a stipend at the RCUK rate for 4 years. And a £5k pa towards research costs for 3 years, starting in October 2018. The Claire Barnes 150th Anniversary Studentships are open to candidates of any nationality but overseas applicants would need to secure additional funds from other sources to cover the higher fee level. The application deadline is 4 January 2018.



Other available PhD scholarships around the UK

The School of Economics and Finance at the Queen Mary University of London has a number of funding streams for PhD programmes in Economics and Finance. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018 with the deadline for applications to Queen Mary being 15 December 2017.


Swansea University offers PhD studentships in the field of Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science to EU applicants. Starting from January 2018, the studentships cover the full cost of tuition fees, plus a stipend and research expenses. The deadline for applications is 17 November 2017.


The AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (Newcastle University, Durham University, and Queen’s University Belfast) is offering fifty PhD studentships for 2018 entry across a range of subject areas. The studentships are open to EU applicants. It will cover tuition fees, an annual stipend at the RCUK postgraduate rate (currently £14,553). It will also cover additional funding to cover other study related costs (i.e. study abroad, conference attendance etc). The deadline for applications is 10 January 2018.


The Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter Physics (i.e. University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and University of St. Andrews) is offering four-year PhD studentships to UK/EU citizens for late August 2018 entry. The minimum stipend is £14,764 per annum and there is additional funding for conferences and travel.


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