Funding and Scholarships
We have a range of funding opportunities available to support you through your PhD studies.
Applicants are nominated for funding initially by the potential PhD supervisors, after the offer of a PhD place, 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. The Awards panel will only consider applicants, not current students, nominated by their supervisors. This includes China Scholarship Council funding.
The Awards Panel Committee considers a number of indicators in order to assess the student’s academic achievements and research potential. Indicators regarding the academic achievement include grades, ranking in the cohort, awards for academic achievements, national and international standing of the institution, and reference letters. Indicators regarding the research potential include the applicant’s research statement, the performance at the interview stage, internships/placements, and any publications by the applicant.
Previously successful applicants had obtained a 1st class MEng degree; ranked nearly at the top of their cohort, had been awarded a number of prizes/awards during their degree, had a number of research placements over their studies and conducted work that had been published or it is of publishable quality.
Start date for funded places is ususally 1 October.
EPSRC and Departmental Scholarships
Electrical & Electronic Engineering PhD Scholarships
The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has a number of scholarships for outstanding PhD applicants each year.
PhD supervisors can nominate a limited number of their top applicants for funding. Funding decisions are made by the EEE department’s Awards Panel Committee.
Applicants who apply earlier (i.e. by October for the following October), are more likely to be nominated for this funding as the process is highly competitive. Applicants will be contacted if they have been awarded this funding.
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.
Full EEE Scholarship consists of:
- Home/Overseas tuition fees for 3 years
- Bursary (at UKRI rate + London allowance of £2,000 for 3.5 years)
- Total allowance of £700 towards conferences and travel
Maria Petrou Scholarship for Women
The Professor Maria Petrou PhD Scholarship has been established to help recruit, retain and advance the careers of all women, including cis and trans women in engineering. It provids funds for undertaking PhD studies in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London.
The Maria Petrou studentship covers tuition fees (Home & Overseas), bursary (at RCUK rates with London allowance + £500per annum for 3.5 years) and a total allowance of £2,000 towards conferences and travel. RCUK rate for 2021-22 is £17,609.
Applicants of any nationality are eligible for consideration for this prestigious academic scholarship. Eligible applicants do not 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.
Deadline for applications
For students starting in October: 1 March
About Professor Maria Petrou
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.
EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)
The UK Research Councils have allocated awards or provide the College with funding for specific activity.
The department has a number of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) studentships available.
Please read the guidance on Research Council PhD studenships to confirm your eligibility for this funding.
Funding offered by Academics for specific research projects
You do not need to submit several applications in order to be considered for various projects. If appropriate, you may want to submit a revised personal statement. Once you have submitted an online application, you can be considered for any suitable projects, providing you meet our entry requirements. These appointments are made by the supervisor and are not considered by our Awards Panel.
Additional College Scholarships
Imperial has a range of other scholarships which you many be eligible for, including the prestigious President's Scholarship.
Find out more about other Imperial College Scholarships and funding opportunities or go straight to our scholarships search tool, which helps you search for all available scholarships in one place.