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The Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarships

We support the doctoral candidates of today to become the researchers, innovators and leaders of the future.

Choose to study on a research programme with us and from day one, you'll benefit from high-quality facilities, and support from our experienced, research-active supervisors.

Join our vibrant, ambitious and growing research community with our fully funded Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarships.

Who are we looking for?

You should have (or expect to achieve) a 2:1 or above Bachelor's degree in a cognate discipline. A Master's degree in a relevant subject is desirable.

You’ll need to be prepared to study on a full-time basis at our Cambridge or Chelmsford campus, starting in September 2024. The location will be listed on your chosen project. You would be expected to live a reasonable travel distance from the campus during your PhD.

Our Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship awards are open to Home fee paying applicants only, except our projects in the Faculty of Business and Law, which are also open to international students. If you are unsure of your fee status, please contact [email protected]

How do you apply?

Applications must be submitted through our online application portal. You will find a link to the form on each project page.

You will also need the following documents available electronically to upload them to the application portal (we can accept files in .pdf, .jpeg or .docx format):

  1. Certificates and transcripts from your Bachelor's and Master's degrees (if applicable)
  2. Your personal statement explaining your suitability for the project. We recommend uploading this as a Word or pdf file, but you can also type it directly on the form.
  3. Passport and visa, or EU Settlement Scheme share code (if applicable)
  4. Curriculum Vitae

You do not need to upload a research proposal with your application, only a personal statement is needed.

We will review all applications after the submission deadline of 3 March 2024.

We will contact shortlisted applicants in the week commencing 25 March.

Interviews will be held between 15 and 26 April. The interview dates for each project can be found under each project description.

If you have any queries relating to the application process or the terms and conditions of the scholarships, please email [email protected]

To discuss an individual research project, please contact the supervisor(s) named in the relevant project description.

The projects

Doctoral Training Alliance

ARU is part of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) in Future Societies, a nationwide postgraduate research training initiative from University Alliance – the voice of professional and technical universities. Projects that are aligned to these themes will become part of the DTA.

The Doctoral Training Alliance, developed by a group of Alliance universities, builds on our research strengths and industry-focused ethos and provides a structured-doctoral training environment to produce independent, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas.

Funding notes

The successful applicant for this project will receive a Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship which covers the tuition fees and provides a UKRI equivalent minimum annual stipend for three years. For 2023/4 this was £18,622 per year. The award is subject to the successful candidate meeting the scholarship terms and conditions. Please note that the University asserts the right to claim any intellectual property generated by research it funds.

Download the full terms and conditions.