Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering PhD funding

There is a range of scholarships for postgraduates to support them through their studies. You can search here for schemes you may be eligible for.

Department funding

The Department also has some limited scholarship funding available. Applicants are nominated for this funding by the potential PhD supervisors, and funding decisions are made by our Awards Panel Committee.  The Awards Panel also decides on nominations for other funding schemes, e.g. President's Scholarship which are centrally managed by the College.

Applicants who apply earlier (i.e. October for the following October), are more likely to be nominated for this funding as the process is highly competitive.

The Awards Panel meets regularly throughout the year: normally in December, February, April and July.  Applicants will be contacted if they have been awarded this funding.

Other funding sources and scholarships

EPSRC and Departmental Scholarships

EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

The department has a number EPSRC DTP studentships available for Home/EU/Overseas candidates.

Home and EU students permanently residents in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the programme - the studentship covers tuition fees, bursary (at RCUK rates + London allowance of £2,000 for 3.5 years) and a total allowance of £700 towards conferences and travel.

EU students not resident in the UK - the studentship covers tuition fees and a total allowance of £700 towards conferences and travel.

Overseas students - one scholarship available for each 2-year grant - the studentship covers tuition fees at Home level (then the EEE Department covers the difference in overseas fees), bursary (at RCUK rates + London allowance of £2,000 for 3.5 years) and a total allowance of £700 towards conferences and travel.

General Department Scholarship funding

The Department also awards scholarships from its own funds for Home/EU/Overseas candidates.

The annual funds available are awarded on case by case basis. It can be used flexibly, in various ways: full scholarships, partial scholarships, top-up funding to cover shortfall in other external or internal College schemes:

  • Home/EU/Overseas tuition fees
  • Bursary (at RCUK rates + London allowance of £2,000 for 3.5 years)
  • Total allowance of £700 towards conferences and travel

PhD studentships for specific projects

Details of PhD studentships for work on specific projects can be found on

Maria Petrou Scholarship for Women

Fixed deadline for consideration: 29 March 2021


The scholarship is available to women PhD applicants intending to study in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London. Applicants of any nationality are eligible for consideration for the scholarship. Eligible applicants cannot apply directly for this scholarship. If they have been made a PhD offer by the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, an application can be put forward by their supervisor.

Professor Maria Petrou PhD Scholarship

The Professor Maria Petrou PhD Scholarship has been established to help recruit, retain and advance the careers of women in engineering, providing funds for undertaking PhD studies in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London.

The scholarship honours the life and work of Professor Maria Petrou (1953-2012), who was the first woman Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She received numerous honours, including a fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2004, and was a passionate advocate for women in engineering.  

Maria Petrou was born in Greece and studied Physics at the University of Thessaloniki, scoring the country’s highest mark in her entrance exam, before moving to Cambridge to complete her doctorate.  

She began her academic career in Astrophysics, but at a time of increased UK government funding for the applied sciences in the early 1980s, Maria — who described herself as a problem-solver — began an academic migration towards research in robotic vision and remote sensing.  

Throughout her career in this field, Maria was interested in improving the ability of robots and computers to extract important information from raw data, detecting patterns, and overcoming difficulties associated with textures in images. She is noted for the development of a completely novel type of image representation known as trace transform. This allowed her to manipulate, compare and identify 2-D images by scale or rotation – allowing significant breakthroughs in, for example, face recognition software. She developed advanced techniques for edge and line detection, for texture analysis and for image segmentation, and was a specialist in colour image processing. 

Professor Petrou posed an open challenge to her peers to develop a robot for ironing clothes, after her great-aunt came across a news report of a robot football world cup and said: “Why can’t (men) develop something really useful, like an ironing robot?” Her great-aunt's challenge became a three-year EU-funded project.