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University of Reading Regional PhD Bursaries – University of Reading

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  • supporting local residents

    Bursaries for PhD candidates in Reading and the local area

  • supporting local residents

    Bursaries for PhD candidates in Reading and the local area

  • supporting local residents

    Bursaries for PhD candidates in Reading and the local area

University of Reading Regional PhD Bursaries

The University of Reading is delighted to offer a number of PhD bursaries to support residents of Reading and the surrounding area to achieve their highest academic potential, enhance their professional prospects and pursue research in an area they are passionate about. Our Regional PhD Bursaries provide candidates with the chance to study at an institution that is among the top 30 UK universities in world rankings (the University is ranked 29th out of 84 UK universities featured in the QS World University Rankings 2020) with 98% of our research rated as being of international standing (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).  Candidates will also benefit from a suite of professional researcher development training and a range of  support from the Graduate School. Our fee bursaries are available either full-time or part-time, which may be combined with employment and other responsibilities. Applications are now invited for doctoral study in a broad range of areas.

Who can apply?

These bursaries are available for either part-time or full-time PhD research in a broad range of subject areas . Applicants must permanently reside in Reading or within 25 miles of the University and demonstrate a connection to the region. Candidates must satisfy the normal entry requirements for PhD study at Reading (normally an upper second class 1st degree or a Master's degree, depending on the subject area). This scheme is not open to students who have already started a PhD at the University of Reading.

What does a bursary cover?

These bursaries cover the full cost of tuition fees at the UK/Republic of Ireland rate (This is not provided as a cash bursary)

What is the duration of an award?

Up to 5 years for part-time or up to 3 years full-time.  Find out more about how part-time study works

How many awards are available?

Up to 15 bursaries may be awarded for study commencing in September/October.

What is the application deadline and how can I apply?

Applications are now invited with the deadline of Tuesday 3 May 2022 to start in September 2022. The application process is as follows:

1.  Apply online for a PhD place at Reading.  Please note: it is important that you have been offered a PhD place (or are soon to be offered a PhD place)  prior to applying for the Regional Bursary.  Please make sure you apply for a PhD place at least six weeks in advance of the closing date of 3 May 2022.  Applications without a place of admissions will not be considered for the Regional Bursary.

2. Submit to the following documents:

  • a case for support (using the form below) for a University of Reading Regional PhD bursary; the case should demonstrate  (1) your reason for applying for a PhD at the University of Reading (2) the nature of your connection with the region (3) why you need a bursary and (4) how you expect to benefit from PhD study.
  • a copy of your Curriculum Vitae.

When emailing your case for support and CV, we ask that the subject line should read 'Application for University of Reading Regional PhD Bursary'.

Download the case for support form: Regional Bursary Case for Support

Notification of outcomes:

Successful candidates will be notified by June 2022.

Further information:

Please email the Doctoral Studentships Officer (


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