University of Reading Regional PhD Bursaries

Bursaries for PhD candidates in Reading and the local area


 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 (we are ranked 29th out of 84 UK universities featured in the QS World University Rankings 2020) and benefit from a suite of professional researcher development training. 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.

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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. 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 Home/EU rate. (This is not provided as a cash bursary.) 

What is the duration of an award?

Up to 5 years for part-time registration or up to 3 years full-time.

How many awards are available?

Up to 15 bursaries may be awarded for study commencing in September/October (start dates later in the academic year can be negotiated).

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Applications are now invited with the deadline of 3 May 2019 to start in September 2019.  The application process is as follows:

1. Apply online for an academic place at Reading

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) the nature of your connection with the region, (2) your reason for applying for a PhD at the University of Reading and how you expect to benefit from PhD study and (3) why you need a bursary
  • 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 early July.

Further information:

Please email Trica Burgess (

Find out more about how a part-time PhD works

Part-time PhD student Mark Player was a PhD Researcher of the Year Finalist - read his story and watch his film

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