The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has fully-funded scholarships available for outstanding PhD applicants to start in the forthcoming academic year.

The Department's funding panel meets regularly from December onwards before the new academic year to shortlist and nominate candidates for central College scholarships and to make decisions on the awarding of EPSRC Doctoral Training Awards and Departmental Scholarships,


Imperial College PhD Scholarship

The Imperial College PhD Scholarship Scheme offers an outstanding opportunity for potential PhD students. If you are a high performing MEng undergraduate or Master’s student, and have a strong desire to undertake a PhD programme at a world class research institution, you could be selected to receive full tuition fees and a generous stipend for a PhD place at Imperial College London.

The scheme aims to provide up to 50 research students with great potential the opportunity to work within their chosen research field with the support of an excellent supervisor.

The department nominates puts forward suitable candiates for the scholarship based on academic merit and potential.

CSC and Lee Family Scholarships

The CSC scholarships are for Chinese students with a strong academic background, and the Lee Family scholarships are for students who normally reside in China or Hong Kong. All eligible offer holders are automatically considered for these scholarships.  You will need to apply by 31 January.

International collaborations

A range of support is provided through our international collaborations including Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarships,  CSC Imperial scholarships, Imperial College India Foundation, Brazil Scicence without Borders, and  Marshall and Fulbright scholarships.


Students who have been made the offer of a research place and who have completed or expect to complete before October 2015, with either a first class or a high 2.1 Masters MEng degree or a first class Bachelors degree and distinction in the MSc, in an appropriate subject. 

All eligible applicants are automatically considered for these awards. Awards are usually made by the end of July. There is no need to formally apply as we will automatically consider you if you meet the above criteria.  You will be contacted personally by the Department if you have been recommended to receive a scholarship.

Once awarded, all scholarships are subject to satisfactory academic progress and the timely completion of PhD progression milestones.

EPSRC Doctoral Training Awards

UK Students and EU Students Satisfying the Residency Requirement

The department has number competitive EPSRC studentships available for suitably qualified students who also meet the EPSRC residency criteria starting in October 2015. The studentship covers home fees, a bursary of about £16,500 a year for 3.5 years and a total allowance of £700 towards conferences and travel.

For students who qualify for EU fee status, but who do not meet the residency criteria, the department has a number of fees only studentships that will pay fees for 3.5 years and a total allowance £700 towards conferences and travel.

For overseas fee students the scheme offers one International PhD Doctoral Training Award which offers a bursary and full overseas tuition fees.  This is highly competitively sought after.

PhD Research applications must be received by the College by 31 May to allow time for research place offers to be made.

Departmental scholarships

The Department awards a number of scholarships.  The support can range from payment of 'home' fees, to partial or full payment of tution fees and/or a maintenance grant up to a maximum of £16,500 for 3 years.

All eligible offer holders are automatically considered for these awards.  The Department's Award Panel  meets every regularly from December onwards.

PhD studentships

Details of PhD studentships for work on specific projects can be found on These are usually only open to "Home" students.  Applications are made through Imperial College's job application portal. The successful candidate will also be asked to submit a PhD research application to the Registry at Imperial College to ensure they have met the College’s student admissions criteria.

Funded PhD Programmes - Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)

Fully funded PhD programmes are currently available (for UK / EU students with 3 years prior residency/study in UK) in High-Performance Embedded and Distributed Systems (led by Department of Computing, Imperial College), and Future Power Networks and Smart Grids (jointly with Strathclyde University).