University International Research Studentships

*This competition is now closed*

The University is pleased to announce seven PhD studentships available for October 2016 start. These are available for highly qualified applicants for research within the Faculties of Science, Life Sciences and Arts, Humanities and Social Science.

What is available? 

One full 'prize' studentship offering:

    • a subsistence grant (stipend) to match the 2015/16 UK Research Council rate (£14,057)
    • 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 any area within the Faculties listed above.

The six fees-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.

Eligibility

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

Deadline

The deadline for applications is Friday 29th January 2016

How to Apply

  1. As a first step, you will 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 2016.
  2. In the 'Scholarships applied for' box which appears within the Funding Section of your online application, you must quote 'International Research Studentship Competition' in order for your application to be considered in this competition.
  3. Upload a summary of your proposed research and any relevant skills or experience. 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 considered for both a full 'prize' studentship and a fees-only studentship. The research proposal should be a maximum length of 500 words excluding references. The research proposal is an important element of the funding decision; you may wish to consult the Graduate School's guidance on writing a research proposal and/or your proposed supervisor. 
  4. Once stages 1-3 are complete, in order for your application to be considered in this competition, you must complete the registration form before the stated deadline by to register your application for the competition.  (Important Note: Your application will not be considered if you do not complete this step or fail to provide the corresponding application ID number. The application ID number provided must relate to an application for admission in October 2016.)

 

Note for candidates who applied for admission prior to this guidance

If you have already applied for 2016 admission via the online admissions portal but were - at that time - unaware of the possibility of applying for these studentships, you should proceed to step 4 of the instructions above. 

Results

Successful candidates will notified via a formal studentship award letter by 25th April 2016. 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 25th April 2016 this will indicate that you have not been successful in this competition.

Where a candidate is successful in being awarded funding, this will be confirmed via a formal studentship award letter which is provided separately from any Offer of Admission and will be subject to standard checks for eligibility and other criteria.

Application Deadline

29th January 2015

Further Enquiries

Joanna John, j.john@reading.ac.uk

 *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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