The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to support PhD study in any of its areas of research. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, you are expected to have obtained (or be heading for) a First Class degree at both undergraduate and Master’s level (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering, another branch of engineering or a related science.  Scholarship awards are open to students who have not yet started their PhD studies in the Department

Scholarship schemes:

  • Shawki Saad PhD Scholarship- The Shawki Saad PhD Scholarship is a fully funded programme to support students ordinarily resident in Sub-Saharan Africa. The programme is funded by a generous endowed gift from the late Professor Shawki Saad, with one scholarship awarded each year for the next four years. The programme will fully cover the cost of overseas tuition fees for 3 years, a monthly living cost stipend (£19,668 2022/23) for 3.5 years and travel costs (flight and visa) for the successful applicant. You can read more about this scholarship at the following link - Imperial launches new scholarship for sub-Saharan Africa PhD students.  Projects with direct relevance to challenges in Sub–Saharan Africa are strongly encouraged. 
  • Department Skempton Scholarships- We have a number of Skempton Scholarships which cover Home tuition fees for up to 3 years, and maintenance at the UKRI London rate for 3.5 years (£19,668 2022/23). These scholarships are open to all applicants and could provide partial funding for overseas students. Skempton scholarships can be offered on a part-time basis, and include provision for sickness, maternity and paternity pay.
  • Department EPSRC Scholarships- We have two scholarships funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). These scholarships are open to Home students only and cover Home tuition fees and maintenance at the UKRI London rate for 3.5 years (£19,668 2022/23).  To be eligible as a Home student, candidates must meet the UKRI criteria
  • Department Dixon Scholarships- We have a number of Dixon Scholarships which cover Home tuition fees for 3 years. These scholarships are open to all applicants and could provide partial funding for overseas students.  Dixon scholarships can be offered on a part-time basis.

 Application process:

  1. Find a PhD supervisor. Visit the research and academic staff pages of our website to help identify topics of interest and potential supervisors. Contact your preferred supervisor(s) directly, to discuss potential projects and funding options.
  2. Submit your PhD application for admission through the Registry online admissions systems by the deadlines listed below for each scholarship round. More information on the application process can be found here. Online applications should only be submitted after a potential academic supervisor has expressed sufficient interest in your application.  
  3. Applicants are nominated for funding by their potential PhD supervisors and funding decisions are made by our PhD Awards Panel.

PhD Awards Panel:

Our aim is to select the most outstanding PhD students and offer them financial support. In the interest of fairness the Department has one selection process for all the scholarships that are administered by the College, including the Imperial President's Scholarships, Imperial CSC Scholarships, and the Departments own scholarships.

The PhD Awards Panel is co-chaired by the Directors of Research and Postgraduate Research. Four additional members of academic staff join the panel each year on rotation.

The Awards Panel considers several factors to assess a student’s academic achievements (grades, cohort ranking, awards for achievement) and research potential (publications, research experience e.g UROP). The panel also take into account references, experience after graduating, and alignment of the project with the Department research strategy.


You will need to submit your PhD application by the following deadlines in order to be considered for any of our schemes:

  • Round 3: 26 May 2023 

Where there is a later deadline advertised for College scholarships, the departmental deadline before the College deadline will apply, as you will need to go through the departmental selection process, before we can put you forward for a College Scholarship.

If you have any questions about any of our scholarship schemes or the application process, please contact Sarah Willis