University of Reading Regional PhD Bursaries

Helping talented PhD candidates in the region

Lion statue in Forbury Gardens, ReadingThe University of Reading is delighted to be offering a number of Regional PhD Bursaries to support high quality local residents in achieving their highest academic potential, as well as to enhance their professional prospects.

University of Reading Regional PhD Bursaries are designed to give candidates within the region the chance to study at one of the top 200 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2018) and benefit from the all round training on offer to our doctoral researchers.

We are therefore inviting applications for a number of UoR Regional PhD Bursaries for doctoral study in a broad range of areas.

Who can apply?

These bursaries are available for either Part-time or Full-time PhD study in a broad range of subject areas. Candidates must satisfy the normal entry requirements for PhD study at Reading (normally an Upper Second Class 1st degree or a Masters degree, depending on the subject area).

Candidates must normally live within 25 miles of the University to be eligible for these bursaries. This scheme is not open to students who have already commenced their PhD study at the University of Reading.

What does a bursary cover?

These bursaries cover the full cost of tuition fees at the Home/EU rate.  

What is the duration of an award?

Up to 5 years Part-Time or up to 3 years Full-Time

How many awards are available?

It is likely that up to 15 bursaries will be awarded for study commencing in September/October 2017 (start dates later in the academic year can be negotiated)

How to apply

By the deadline of Monday, 1 May 2017, you will need to: 

  1. Hold an offer of an academic place at Reading; for this you must Apply online for an academic place at Reading. To enable this, it is advisable to apply no later than the middle of March.

  2. Submit (to the following documents:
    • A case for support (using the template provided below) for a University of Reading Regional PhD bursary; this should indicate your reason for applying for a PhD at Reading, the nature of your connection with the region, why you need a bursary and how you expect to benefit from 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 pro-forma for cases for support (Word - 53KB)

Notification of outcomes:

Successful candidates will be notified in early June 2017

Further information:

Please email Chris Robson, Head of Postgraduate Research Support and Development ( or

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