Funding for UK/EU students

UK/EU students are eligible to apply for the following scholarships

Research Councils studentships

Research Council studentships funded by STFC and EPSRC are generally restricted to UK students and EU students who have taken their undergraduate courses in the UK. There may be residence issues in the case of UK passport holders who are not normally resident in the UK. Research Council Scholarships are awarded by the School of Physics and Astronomy on receipt of an application for a PhD place through the online system and satisfactory interview, and do not require a separate application. Research Council scholarships cover UK/EU fees and provide tax free stipends for living costs for 42 months. The stipend rates can be seen at the individual research council links.  The initial application deadline is 31 January 2018, however, applications reached after the deadline will continue to be considered until all the positions are filled.

Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) international prize PhD studentships

These prestigious and competitive awards are intended to attract outstanding students from around the world, irrespective of nationality, to study for a PhD. At least one award will be available to start in September 2018. The 42 month studentship includes tuition fee payment, stipend at the standard EPSRC rate, and allowances for equipment, conference and workshop attendance.  Application deadline 31 January 2018.

SFC Higgs studentships

The Scottish Funding Council's Higgs Studentships were launched in 2014, and 2-3 scholarships will be offered each year to students taking theoretical projects in physics.  The 42 month studentships includes tuition fee payment, stipend at the standard UK research council rate, and allowances for equipment, conference and workshop attendance.  All UK and EU applicants who wish to take theoretical projects in physics and astronomy will be considered for these scholarships.  Application deadline 31 January 2018.

These scholarships include a career development requirement similar to that of the Principal Career Development Scholarships (see below).

Principal’s Career Development Scholarships

The Principal’s Career Development Scholarships are available to all physics and astronomy PhD applicants.

Doctoral Training Schemes

There are two doctoral training schemes open to UK/EU students: the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter Physics and the Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces Centre for Doctoral Training.

Further funding opportunities

The University Scholarships and Student Finance pages may contain information on further funding opportunities.