PhD Studentship Opportunities

Students on steps at PalmerA range of financial support options for doctoral research students is available at the University with around 150 entry awards across all subjects open to outstanding PhD candidates over the year. The table below includes information on all PhD studentships currently being advertised (follow links for detailed information including full criteria and how to apply). It also includes some annual competitions which will reopen next academic year. Please visit this page regularly as new opportunities are added on a regular basis.

Other sources of funding for research students

For information on smaller sources of funding advertised by the University (including the University's Hardship Fund and disability support fund) please use the University's funding search. Many Schools and Departments also offer funding at different times of year; these may be listed in postgraduate research areas page.

An external site, the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding, also contains information on a range of possible funders for your studies. 

Current Studentship Opportunities

Award type or project title Subject area(s) or School/Department Available to students from: Deadline

SeNSS ESRC-funded studentships


  • Agriculture, Policy and Development
  • Built Environment
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management and Business Studies
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Real Estate and Planning

(see information for SeNSS pathways)

UK/EU 16 January 2017
Motivation Science  Psychology See details 18 January 2017

University International Research Studentships

1 full studentship and 6 fees-only studentships for PhD study

All subject areas within eligible Faculties but, for fees-only studentships, proposed research must fall within one of the University's strategic themes (see page for detail).  International 27 January 2017
University of Reading / China Scholarship Council PhD Funding  See page for details See links on page.  27 January 2017
Leverhulme Doctoral Studentship in Climate Justice  Various See details 29 January 2017
Felix Scholarships All disciplines

India (PhD or Masters)

Selected developing countries (Masters study)

30 January 2017
  • Meteorology
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Geography and Environmental Sciences
  • Archaeology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Agriculture, Policy and Development
  • Chemistry
UK/EU 30 January 2017
Anniversary PhD Scholarships 2017

All disciplines outside Henley Business School*

 *please see separate information on Henley Business School postgraduate studentships

UK/EU 1 February 2017
ERC PhD Studentship in Amusia and Autism  

Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences

   1 February 2017
Design Star CDT - AHRC funded studentships Typography & Graphic Communication UK/EU  6 February 2017

Henley Business School postgraduate studentships

(please see our postgraduate research areas page, containing links to all HBS School websites) 

  • Business informatics and systems
  • Finance and Capital Markets - ICMA Centre
  • International business and strategy
  • Leadership Organisations and behaviour
  • Marketing and reputation
  • Real estate and planning 
See individual School websites for details Various - please see the individual School websites

Marshall Scholarships

All disciplines United States of America See external website for deadline (normally October in the year prior to the year you intend to start)
SPEIR scholarships

a) Politics and International Relations


b) Economics

(two awards available p.a. )

UK/EU, International

a) Applications accepted all year round

b) 1 February each year

Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Programme in Climate Justice  
  • Agriculture
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Law
  • Meteorology
  • Philosophy
  • Politics & International Relations



17 March 2017
Inlaks Scholarships


Selected disciplines


Indian citizens who are resident in India at the time of application 15 April 2017
University of Reading Regional PhD Bursaries All disciplines

UK/EU fee payers based in the Reading region (see page for details)

1 May 2017
Competitions currently closed
SWW AHRC DTP Studentships
  • Archaeology
  • Classics
  • English Literature
  • Film, Theatre and Television
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Law
  • Modern Languages and European Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and International Relations


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