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

Follow the links in the table 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 Subject area
Application deadline  Availability
PhD Studentship: Singular Integral Operators in Potential Theory School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences - Department of Mathematics
2 December 2022
Open to UK/Republic of Ireland applicants
PhD Studentship: Understanding Nonlinear Dynamics of Associative Polymers for Healthcare and Sustainable Applications: Computer Simulations and Mathematical Modelling School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences - Department of Mathematics
2 December 2022
Open to UK/Republic of Ireland applicants
PhD Studentship: Nonlinear Systems of PDE and Vectorial Calculus of Variations in L-infinity School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences - Department of Mathematics
2 December 2022
Open to UK/Republic of Ireland applicants
PhD Studentship: Spatial Variations of the Urban Boundary Layer - What are the Feedbacks from Anthropogenic Heat Fluxes? School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences - Department of Meteorology  Until a suitable candidate is found   Open to UK/Republic of Ireland applicants
PhD Studentship in Biological Sciences: Mycorrhizal mediation of woodland expansion on former farmland School of Biological Sciences
9 December 2022
Open to UK/Republic of Ireland applicants
Magdalen Vernon Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) in Psychology, Neuroscience, Psycholinguistics or Clinical Language Sciences (two positions) School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences 9 December 2022 Open to applicants worldwide 
PhD Studentship in Gut Microbiology: Evaluating the effects of herbal tea upon gut microbial health School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy - Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences
31 December 2022
Open to UK/Republic of Ireland applicants
PhD Studentship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - Ancient woodlands and development-related threats: How can we develop effective, targeted mitigation to protect these valuable ‘Keepers of Time’? School of Biological Sciences
6 January 2023
Open to UK/Republic of Ireland applicants
China Scholarship Council Studentships
Students from China, see external website for eligible areas 6 January 2023 Applicants from China
University International PhD Studentships 
All disciplines
9 January 2023 Open to international applicants 
ESRC SeNSS Social Sciences Studentships Agriculture, Policy and Development | Built Environment | Economics | Education | Human Geography | Law | Linguistics | Management and Business Studies | Politics and International Relations | Psychology | Real Estate and Planning
11 January 2023 Open to applicants worldwide
AHRC SWW Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships for the Arts and Humanities
Archaeology | Art | Classics | Cultural Geography | 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
16 January 2023  Open to applicants worldwide
AHRC SWW Collaborative Doctoral Award: Narrating the Covid-19 Lockdowns in Wales, 2020-21: Loss, Work, Community, and Consolation in the “Collecting Covid” Archive Geography, History  16 January 2023 Open to applicants worldwide
AHRC SWW Collaborative Doctoral Award: People, Labour, and Empire: The Royal African Company and Slavery in West Africa, 1672-1722 History 16 January 2023
Open to applicants worldwide
PhD Studentship in Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate: Improving river streamflow forecasts using deep learning techniques School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences - Department of Meteorology
20 January 2023
Open to applicants from ECMWF member states
PhD Studentship in Mathematics: Randomized parallel algorithms for data assimilation in numerical weather prediction School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences - Department of Mathematics and Statistics
20 January 2023
Open to applicants from ECMWF member states
PhD Studentship: Maritime Continent Precipitation Processes and Predictability in ECWMF Sub-Seasonal Forecasts School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences - Department of Meteorology
20 January 2023
Open to applicants from ECMWF member states
NERC SCENARIO Doctoral Training Partnership (environmental science-related areas)
Agriculture, Policy and Development | Archaeology | Biological Sciences | Chemistry | Geography | Environmental Sciences | Mathematics and Statistics | Meteorology
20 January 2023
Open to applicants worldwide
BBSRC Food Consortium CTP PhD Studentship - Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Systems to Predict Food Product Shelf-life School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy - Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences
31 January 2023
Open to UK/Republic of Ireland applicants
PhD Scholarships in the Henley Business School Henley Business School 15 March 2023 Open to applicants worldwide
Regional PhD bursaries (supporting residents of Reading and the surrounding area to undertake a PhD)
All subject areas
2 May 2023 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
2 May 2023
Applicants must be in employment and looking to undertake a part-time PhD 

Doctoral Loans 

Apply for a loan of up to £27,892 for a 2022/23 start

All disciplines

Full or part-time study

Ongoing Open to UK nationals, Irish citizens and EU nationals settled under the EU settlement scheme
Department of Meteorology PhD Scholarships Meteorology Ongoing Open to applicants worldwide
Alumni Discount

Current undergraduate and 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

All disciplines Ongoing Applicants from the USA
Canadian grants, loans and scholarships All disciplines 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
BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership in FoodBioSystems Agriculture | Biological & Biomedical Sciences | Chemistry | Food and Nutritional Sciences | Geography  and Environmental Sciences | Pharmacy Currently closed for applications. Information about funding for 2023/24 will appear here in Autumn 2022. Open to applicants worldwide
Felix Scholarships Many disciplines Currently closed for applications. Information about funding for 2023/24 will appear here in Autumn 2022. Open to Indian nationals