The University allocates around 150 entry awards each year in PhD studentships and bursaries, so there are many ways to access PhD funding. A studentship is usually a package that provides full funding for tuition fees and living costs.
If you've previously completed a degree with us, you’ll automatically receive our alumni discount (£1,500 off the cost of your tuition fees).
Studentships for original research proposals in Politics and International Relations
Our PhD students are eligible for a range of scholarships.
The University of Reading is a member of two UK research council-funded doctoral training programmes which fund work in politics and international relations: the ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership and the AHRC South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.
Each year, the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations funds one politics PhD studentship, which pays UK fees only. Applicants are automatically considered for this award.
SeNSS scholarships include a Research Council rate stipend, tuition fees at the UK rate and provide innovative and challenging world-class doctoral training in a dynamic, interdisciplinary research environment.
If you are considering doctoral study after your master's and would be interested in applying for a studentship, please contact Professor Alan Cromartie (firstname.lastname@example.org) and potential supervisors as early as possible so they can assist and support your application.
You can find full details on the SeNSS Social Sciences Studentships page.
The studentships are open to applications from the UK and international students; please see the SeNSS eligibility criteria.
Studentships for PhD students
The University's Graduate School holds information about studentships and other funding available for postgraduate study.
Studentships are available for both UK and international students. We suggest that international students consider funding sources in their own country as well to increase their chances of securing finance.
Alternative sources of funding
The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is a database of less well-known sources of doctoral funding.
Supplement your income
You might consider part-time or casual work as a way to supplement your income during your studies. There are often vacancies at the University, which you can apply for through Campus Jobs.