In recent years, PhD students from the Department of Bioengineering have secured funding from various sources including those listed below.


There are a number of charities in the UK and elsewhere that fund PhD studentships. Some of these, like the Wellcome Trust, the British Heart Foundation and the Arthritis Research Campaign are major supporters of research within the department. Grants from these major charities typically involve formal proposals much like those required for UK Research Council project grants.

Industrial support

A number of schemes exist for industrial sponsorship of PhD research. Some of them, such as the Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering (CASE) studentships offered by the EPSRC or BBSRC, involve an arrangement between the Research Councils and an industrial partner with a project proposal and take two to four months for a decision to be made. Otherwise, industrial sponsorship is an arrangement between the industrial partner, the supervisor and the student.

British government

Applicants from abroad are encouraged to contact the local office of the British Council to inquire about fellowships to study in the UK. One example is the Chevening Scholarships administered by the Foreign Office.

International governmental sources

Many countries have agencies that fund PhD studentships in the UK. These funding sources are especially important for overseas students who may not be eligible for UK Research Council funds. The Department has a good record of attracting students who have been successful in obtaining competitive awards of this kind from, for example, the A*STAR programme of Singapore, the Imperial Royal Thai Scholarships (five students/year for five years) and personal scholarships from the Malaysian, Mexican, Saudi, Kuwaiti, Algerian, Thai and Chinese governments.

Other examples of scholarships can be found through the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European Union Marie Curie Programme, or the Marshall Scholarships and the Imperial Marshall Scholarships.

Personal (private) funding

Occasionally students are able to provide their own funding for the PhD.