University International Research Studentships

The University is pleased to announce a range of international PhD studentships available for October 2019 start. These are available for highly qualified applicants for research within science, life sciences, social science and arts and humanities.

What is available? 

A combination of full and fee only awards will be available. Full studentships offer:

    • a subsistence grant (stipend) to match the 2019/20 UK Research Council rate (the 2018/19 rate is £14,777)
    • tuition fees at the International rate
    • a £1,000 p.a. training and development allowance

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. A maximum of seven studentships will be available in total.  


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

Due to the nature of the studentships where training and support will be directly available via the university, we only invite applications for students wishing to study at one of the University of Reading campuses. Unfortunately, we cannot support other modes of study, such as by distance.


The deadline for applications is Thursday 31st January 2019.

How to Apply  

  1. Make contact with your department. As a first step, you should 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 match you with a potential supervisor.
  2. Apply for a place of admission. You will then need to submit an application for admission to a PhD programme in your chosen subject via our online admissions portal. If you are not sure which programme you should apply to, consult with your Director of Postgraduate Research Studies. The admissions application must be for admission in October 2019. If you have an existing application for a different start date you can request the start date be changed by emailing 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 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. The admissions application will usually require a research proposal be uploaded; requirements vary by School.
  3. Prepare a 700 word research proposal. The international studentship competition requires a research proposal with a maximum length of 700 words, excluding title and references.  (If you uploaded a longer research proposal for your admissions application, this can be shortened for the funding competition.)  The proposal can be emailed to your School Director of Postgraduate Research Studies and prospective supervisor.  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.  The research proposal must be your work but your supervisor may guide and advise you on developing and improving the proposal. 



Successful candidates will be notified via a formal studentship award letter in May 2019. 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 17th May 2019 this will indicate that you have not been successful in this competition.  

Application Deadline

Thursday 31st January 2019

Further Enquiries

Trica Burgess


*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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