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The President's PhD Scholarships are an outstanding opportunity for potential PhD students

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Scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year

If you are a high performing 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 President’s PhD Scholarships provides up to 50 research students the opportunity to work within their chosen research field with the support of an excellent supervisor.

For the 2022-23 academic year, the earliest start date for funded places is 1 August 2022, the latest start date is 1 November 2022. Both full-time and part-time study on the scholarship is available. 

Who can apply

This competitive scheme has higher than usual eligibility requirements, attracting candidates that show excellent academic performance and promising research potential. We accept applications from talented candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide. There are no restrictions on nationality.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and nationalities, as we recognise that diversity not only benefits Imperial but also helps the sector to better represent the communities that we serve.

We show our dedication to equality and diversity by being a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Leader, a member of the Race Equality Charter and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner.

Support available

If successful, you will receive the following financial support for up to 3.5 years:

  • Full funding for tuition fees 
  • A stipend of £21,800 per annum to assist with living costs 
  • A consumables fund of £2,000 per annum for the first 3 years of study
  • programme of bespoke opportunities and events delivered by the Graduate School

You will have access to the full range of support available to postgraduates at Imperial, including tailored support for disabled and international students. 

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Eligibility

  1. Candidates must be in receipt of, or due to receive, a first-class UK degree or equivalent.
  2. Candidates with a standalone Master’s qualification must have achieved a distinction or, where this has yet to have been achieved, be able to provide evidence of high performance that will lead to a distinction. They must also hold a first-class UK undergraduate degree or equivalent (integrated Masters that form part of an undergraduate degree, e.g. MEng, MSci, M.Math, are assessed by Admissions as an undergraduate qualification when determining eligibility). Candidates with multiple standalone Master’s qualifications must have achieved a distinction in the one most relevant to their PhD study.
  3. Applications are accepted from talented candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide. There are no restrictions on nationality, although some departments may be unable to support international candidates. 
  4. Candidates with degrees from overseas institutions should check with the relevant Admissions team if their scores/grades are equivalent to the scholarship entry criteria.
  5. 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 limited to supervise one scholar at any time. Please review the President's PhD Scholarships - Unavailable Supervisors page for more information.
  6. The scheme is only open to new PhD applications. Current registered Imperial PhD students are not eligible to be considered for a President's PhD Scholarship. 

How to apply

There is not a specific scholarship application form.  You should submit your application for admission to study at Imperial through our online admissions system and your department will put you forward for the scholarship based on academic merit and potential.

  1. When prompted for a personal statement you must include a 2-page document, the first page a personal statement and the second your research proposal. You may submit updated versions of this statement if required following application submission if your department shortlists you for the scholarship. You are encouraged to write in the first person and to avoid the use of gender pronouns. 
  2. When prompted for the names of two academic referees, these should not include your proposed PhD supervisor. You are encouraged to share this guidance with your two referees, noting, in particular, the recommendation to use ‘they/them’ language (rather than gender pronouns).
  3. To be considered for the President's PhD Scholarship scheme, applicants must select this option in the funding section of the additional questions tab within the online application form.
  4. You must also meet any additional application requirements stated by your department of choice.

Eligible candidates will be advanced to the next review and selection process; please see the deadlines below.

Review and selection

Applications will be reviewed by a two-stage process:

  1. Candidates meeting or predicted to meet the eligibility requirements will be reviewed by the Department to which they have applied. Departments will select a shortlist of the very best candidates to present to the Imperial College Selection Panel for consideration. 
  2. The final decision will be made by the Imperial College Selection Panel. The members of the panel are the Vice-Provost (Research) and the Faculty Vice-Deans for Research. The Panel will consider shortlisted candidates from all Faculties. Scholarships will be awarded to the candidates who show the most potential. 

Candidates are assessed by the Faculties and College Selection Panel against the following criteria:

  1. Academic excellence - as demonstrated by past academic results and by transcripts, awards and distinctions. Candidates must be 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, where this has yet to be achieved, be able to provide evidence of high performance that will lead to a distinction. They should also hold a first-class UK undergraduate degree or equivalent.
  2. Research Potential - as demonstrated by the candidate’s research experience to date, their interest in discovery, the research plan and its potential contribution as described in their research proposal and the departmental statement. 
  3. Suitability of candidate - as demonstrated by the strength of references, support from the proposed supervisor, and performance at interview.

Successful candidates will receive written confirmation of their scholarship. Any offer of a PhD place will be conditional on the 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.

 

When should I expect a decision on my scholarship application?

Applications put forward for this scholarship scheme will be considered throughout the academic year.

  • Applicants who apply before 5 November 2021 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 31 January 2022. 
  • Applicants who apply before 7 January 2022 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 31 March 2022.
  • Applicants who apply before 18 March 2022 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 31 May 2022.

Find out more

If you have any questions regarding the scheme please contact phdscholarshipscheme@imperial.ac.uk

Information for staff

Resources for Imperial staff involved in the shortlisting and selection process may be found on the Research Office's website.