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Postgraduate Opportunities

21 Aug 2017

Funding Details

The funding available for Ph.D. studies depends largely on your nationality/ordinary country of residence/where you did your degree. Details are available here. To fund your studies at UCL, a range of scholarships are available, with different eligibility requirements.

One of the main funding sources is Research Council (STFC) studentships, but there are a range of other options including GSRS awards and scholarships open to specific nationalities, such as the CSC, Commonwealth, and others listed below. Each year, we also offer studentships through individual project grants, the Impact scheme and other sources, again each with different eligibility requirements. We will always check which funding sources each applicant is eligible for, but if you have any questions do get in touch. In general, if you are not eligible for STFC funding, it is best to contact us as early as possible (before December, for a PhD starting the following October) as the deadlines for different schemes vary.

As a guide, UCL fees for UK/EU students are £4,915 per annum for 2017/18, and fees for International students are £22,850 per annum for 2017/18. The procedure UCL uses to determine your funding classification is here. Maintenance costs in London are estimated by the UCL graduate school here. London is expensive, but it is also one of the most vibrant, diverse and exciting cities in the world.

STFC Studentships

Each year we offer STFC-funded studentships, which cover tuition fees (at the home/EU rate) and maintenance (at the rate of £16,296 in 2016/7, inclusive of London allowance), as well as funding for travel and a long-term attachment at a research facility.

While STFC studentships are open to all nationalities, to be eligible for the funding you must have settled status in the UK (i.e. have no restriction on how long you can stay), and have been "ordinary resident" in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. Additionally, non-EU nationals cannot have been residing in the UK during that period wholly or mainly for the purpose of higher education.

A full list of STFC eligibility criteria can be found in the Training Grant Terms and Conditions, with more information in the Research Council UK Terms and Conditions

Impact Studentships

UCL offers funding through the Impact scheme, in which UCL provides half of the costs of a studentship (EU fees, living costs, research expenses) if the other half can be matched from another funding source. Details can be found here. If you have suggestions for sources of funding where the matching funds can be found, please contact us to discuss this possibility.

International Scholarships

Each year, UCL offers funding through two main schemes covering both fees and maintenance. These are highly competitive, and we recommend contacting us as early as possible in order to apply for them as deadlines are typically early in January.
  • UCL Graduate School Research Scholarships (GSRS). They cover both fees and cost of living. Further details can be found on the central UCL GSRS page. Outstanding candidates have a good chance of being successful. From past experience, successful candidates had at least one research publication at the time of applying. We advise you to apply to the HEP group first so we can help you with the scholarship application. Applications must come in December for funding starting in October.
  • Chinese Science Council (CSC). These scholarships are open to Chinese nationals currently based in China, to carry out a PhD at UCL. More information, including the conditions of the award, can be found here, and the application process is now the same as for the GSRS. Again, we strongly advise contacting us early, before December for an application starting the following October, so we can help you with the application.

Other Sources of Funding

UCL scholarship web-page contains a list of other funding sources. Below are some other funding opportunities that we have identified, but it is always worth search through the scholarships page and asking your local university or other contacts for other sources of funding.

We encourage applicants to pursue these sources and where required we will support the case for funding. Before applying for any UCL awards, candidates must have completed and sent in an official UCL graduate school application form following the procedure here. International candidates should endeavour to contact the group in good time, preferably by December before the next academic year.