Imperial College PhD Scholarship Scheme


Successful candidates will receive funding for fees and a stipend of £20k per annum for up to 3.5 years.
Scholars will have access to a programme of career development and cohort activities delivered by a combination of their host department and the Graduate School.
Support will be available to allow a high degree of interaction with other researchers (at other HEIs in the UK and abroad) and research users. This will provide valuable opportunities for networking and collaboration.
Applications are accepted from talented candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide. There are no restrictions on nationality.
Candidates must be among the highest achievers in their undergraduate cohort, and in receipt of, or due to receive a first class UK degree or equivalent.
Candidates with Master’s qualifications should have achieved a distinction, or be able to provide evidence of high performance. They should also hold a first class UK undergraduate degree or equivalent.
Candidates with degrees from overseas institutions are strongly urged to determine if their scores/grades are equivalent to the relevant eligibility criteria.
Prior to applying candidates must have made contact with a supervisor in an academic department at Imperial College London who has agreed to supervise their research project. Please note that supervisors are only permitted to supervise one scholar at any time.
Please note: current registered Imperial PhD students are not eligible to be considered for an Imperial College PhD Scholarship. The scheme is only open to new applications.
How to Apply
The Scheme is now open for applications.

You can submit your application through our online admissions system. You must ensure that you select “Research” when making the application online, and “Imperial College PhD Scholarship” and corresponding Department when selecting your Programme.

When prompted for a personal statement you must ensure that it consists of approx. 1000 words and outlines your academic and research achievements to date, explaining in brief your planned research project.
You must attach a scanned copy of the Candidate Endorsement Form [Word docx] signed by your supervisor and host department.
Eligible candidates will be advanced to the next review and selection process.

Review and Selection
Applications will be reviewed by a two stage process:

Candidates meeting or predicted to meet the eligibility requirements will be reviewed by the relevant Faculty Selection Committee which will select a shortlist of the very best candidates.
The final decision will be made by the Imperial College PhD Scholarship Selection Panel. The members of the panel are the Pro Rector (Research), the Head of the Graduate School, and the Deputy Faculty Principals. The Panel will consider shortlisted candidates from all Faculties. Scholarships will be awarded to the candidates who show the most potential.
Successful candidates will receive written confirmation of their scholarship. Any offer of a PhD place will be conditional on final interview by the Department and (if applicable) on the candidate receiving the predicted qualifications.

Applicants not selected for the scholarship will automatically be considered for the PhD.

If you have any questions regarding the scheme please contact