University International Research Studentships

The University is pleased to announce seven PhD studentships available for October 2018 start. These are available for highly qualified applicants for research within science, life sciences, social science and arts and humanities.

What is available? 

One full 'prize' studentship offering:

    • a subsistence grant (stipend) to match the 2017/8 UK Research Council rate (the 2016/17 rate is £14,553)
    • tuition fees at the International rate
    • a £1,000 p.a. training and development allowance

Six fees-only studentships, each one offering:

  • tuition fees at the International rate
  • a £1,000 p.a. training and development allowance

All awards are for up to three years in duration.

Research themes

The full 'prize' studentship is available for research in the areas listed above.*

The six fee-only studentships can only be awarded to those applicants whose proposed research falls within one of the following themes:

  • Environment
  • Food
  • Health
  • Prosperity & Resilience
  • Heritage & Creativity

Please note that these themes are intended to be broadly interpreted across subject areas.


Funding is only open to international (non-EU) candidates. Candidates will be required to meet the language requirements specified by their department upon entry.


The deadline for applications is Friday 26th January 2018.

How to Apply

  1. As a first step, you may wish to check with the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies in your School or Department that your proposed research can be supervised by the Department. Directors will also be able to advise on potential supervisors.
  2. You will then need to submit an application for admission to a PhD in your chosen subject via our online admissions portal. The application must be for admission in October 2018. If you have an existing application for a different start you can request the start date be changed by emailing
  3. In the 'Scholarships applied for' box which appears within the Funding Section of your online application, quote 'International Research Studentship Competition' in order for your application to be considered in this competition. (If you have already applied for 2018 admission via the online admissions portal and did not quote the competition, you should email your name and application number to your School Director of Postgraduate Research Studies to ensure they are aware of your wish to be considered for this funding.)
  4. Upload to your application a summary of your proposed research and any relevant skills or experience. The research proposal for this competition should be a maximum length of 700 words, excluding title and references, and should be written clearly for non-specialist readers. If you need to submit a different version of your research proposal for this competition, this can be sent to your prospective supervisor or to the relevant School Director of Postgraduate Research Studies. The research proposal is an important element of the funding decision; it is advisable to consult the Graduate School's guidance on writing a research proposal and your proposed supervisor. Your research proposal should indicate which of the research themes listed above it relates to, justifying the fit of the research to this theme. If you only wish to be considered for the full studentship, selection of a theme is not obligatory but you will increase your chances of being awarded funding if your research can be tied to a University theme.



Successful candidates will be notified via a formal studentship award letter by 15th May 2018. Please note that this is provided separately from any offer of admission and will be subject to standard checks for eligibility and other criteria.

We regret that, due to the very high volume of applications, we cannot undertake to contact all unsuccessful candidates; if you have not received a formal studentship funding offer by 15th May 2018 this will indicate that you have not been successful in this competition.


Application Deadline

26th January 2018

Further Enquiries

Dr Joanna John,

*Due to the source of funding, candidates for research within the Henley Business School are not eligible for this competition and should instead see the web pages of their intended School for details on available funding.

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Things to do now

  • Find out more about research opportunities in our Schools and Departments
  • Apply for admission online

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See also

  • Tuition fees for new postgraduate research students


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