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    Around 150 entry awards available to outstanding applicants each year

PhD Studentships

Funding for PhD applicants is available from a range of sources on a competitive basis.

Follow the links to find full details regarding eligibility, available finance, application methods and closing dates. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear when we have added new studentship opportunities.

Funding opportunity Relevant for: Application Deadline  Availability
China Scholarship Council Studentships Students from China, see external website for eligible areas   7 January 2022 for a place of admission on a PhD programme. Please check external website for CSC deadline. Applicants from China
University International PhD Studentships Any discipline (excluding programmes undertaken at Henley Business School) 10 January 2022 Open to applicants worldwide

ESRC SeNSS Social Sciences Studentships

Agriculture, Policy and Development | Built Environment | Economics | Education | Law | Linguistics | Management and Business Studies | Politics and International Relations | Psychology | Real Estate and Planning 14 January 2022  Open to applicants worldwide 
AHRC SWW Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

for the Arts and Humanities

Archaeology | Art | Classics | English Language and Literature | Film, Theatre and Television | History | History of Art | Law and Legal Studies| Modern Languages and European Studies | Philosophy | Political Studies and International Relations | Political Philosophy | Typography Applications for the 2022/23 competition open on 30 November 2021 and close 24 January 2022. Open to applicants worldwide
Regional PhD Bursaries (supporting residents of Reading and the surrounding area to undertake a PhD) All subject areas 3 May 2022 Applicants must be resident in Reading or the surrounding area
Wilkie Calvert co-supported PhD Studentships (supporting professionals to undertake PhD research on a part-time basis) All subject areas 3 May 2022 Applicants must be in employment and looking to undertake a part-time PhD 
PhD Scholarships in the Henley Business School Henley Business School Please check Henley Business School website Open to applicants worldwide

NERC SCENARIO Doctoral Training Partnership

(environmental science-related areas)

Agriculture, Policy and Development | Archaeology | Biological Sciences | Chemistry | Geography | Environmental Sciences | Mathematics and Statistics | Meteorology Details of the 2022/23 competition will be made available here in autumn 2021. Please check back soon. Open to applicants worldwide

BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership in FoodBioSystems

Agriculture | Biological & Biomedical Sciences | Chemistry | Food and Nutritional Sciences | Geography  and Environmental Sciences | Pharmacy Details of the 2022/23 competition will be made available here in December/January. Please check back soon. Open to applicants worldwide
Felix Scholarships Many disciplines Details of the 2022/23 competition will be made available here in autumn 2021. Please check back soon. Open to Indian nationals

Information on Doctoral Loans 

Apply for a loan of up to £27,265 for a 2021/22 start

  • All disciplines
  • Full or part-time study
Ongoing Open to UK nationals, Irish citizens and EU nationals settled under the EU settlement scheme
EU Bursaries
  • EU Nationals starting a PhD in 2021/22
  • All disciplines
 Ongoing Open to EU nationals
Department of Meteorology PhD Scholarships Department of Meteorology Ongoing Open to applicants worldwide
Alumni Discount
  • Current undergraduate/master's students at Reading
  • Alumni of the University
Ongoing  Open to University of Reading alumni

Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD

Any discipline (see external website for further details) Please check external website for details about scholarships Open to applicants from  low and middle income Commonwealth countries

Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowships


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] disciplines (Awards in biological sciences are limited to interdisciplinary research between physical and biological sciences)

Please check external website for details about scholarships Female applicants only

Marshall Scholarships

Archaeology | Climate, environmental sciences and sustainability | Food security |
Human nutrition | Language, cognition and the mind
See external website for further details Applicants from the USA

US Loans and Federal Aid

Students from the USA Ongoing Applicants from the USA
Canadian grants, loans and scholarships Students from Canada Ongoing Applicants from Canada

Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund

Various Please check external website for details about scholarships Applicants from Canada
Inlaks Scholarships Many disciplines Please check external website for details about scholarships Applicants from India
The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Web resource for candidates who have already applied to study at the University of Reading Various Varies depending in funding scheme

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