Funding is often secured through Wellcome Trust or MRC DTP Fellowships. Further information about this and specific projects studying under the supervision of Departmental supervisors who have obtained funding are advertised below.

For up-to-date information on tuition fees, please refer to the College's Fees and Funding pages. It should be noted that supervisors may charge an additional ‘bench fee’ from sponsors to cover the costs of laboratory expenses (consumables and equipment) for postgraduate research projects.‌‌


The President’s PhD Scholarship

Award

  • Full funding for tuition fees
  • A stipend of £22,900 (2023-24 rate) per annum to assist with living costs 
  • A consumables fund of £2,000 per annum for the first 3 years of study
  • 50 scholarships awarded per year
  • A programme of bespoke opportunities and events delivered by the Graduate School

Eligibility

  • Includes First Class UK degree or equivalent. If a Master's is held, it must be awarded with Distinction
  • 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
  • The Department will consider outstanding overseas applications, but these must first be approved by the Department

Application

  • There is not a specific scholarship application form. You should submit your application for admission to study at Imperial through the online admissions system and the department will put you forward for the scholarship based on academic merit and potential. Queries about the online admissions system should be referred to the relevant Admissions team.
  • Prior to applying applicants must have made contact with a supervisor who has agreed to supervise their research project. Supervisors are limited to supervise one student at any time.
  • Full details are available on The President’s PhD Scholarship application section.

MRC DTP Studentships

Award

The Imperial College London MRC DTP for Interdisciplinary Science in Health (MultiSci) has been established to enable graduates to undertake a 4.5 year training programme, including a research project plus training in research methods and transferable key skills, leading to the submission of a doctoral thesis and the award of a PhD.

  • Full funding for tuition fees at home level
  • A stipend of £19,668 per annum for 3.5 years. Stipend support of up to 6 months is also provided for writing-up
  • A research training support grant (RTSG) of £5,000 per annum, paid to the supervisor for supporting the student’s training and research
  • A conference fund of £300 per annum to facilitate registration and attendance at conferences and scientific meetings
  • Supplement funds to support a wide range of research and training activities including internships, high-cost training and outreach

Eligibility

  • Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a first class or a good upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent). A pass or above at Masters level is acceptable, however a Masters degree is not required.
  • Following an announcement by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), candidates of all nationalities are eligible to apply for a MultiSci studentship. Successful home candidates will recieve full funding and successful international candidates will be awarded an identical funding package as home candidates, with tuition fees covered at home level. Please check the eligibility criteria and FAQs page for full details.

Application

Complete an online application with Imperial College London by the deadline stated on the MRC DTP Studentship webpages. Prior to applying applicants are not expected to have confirmed a PhD supervisor or title but a clear idea of the area you wish to pursue will be beneficial for your personal statement.


CSC Joint Funding

Award

  • 15 scholarships awarded per year
  • Funding for the scholarships is split between the CSC and the College. Within the College, it is shared between Departments and Central College funds
  • The College-level funding is delegated to the Department which is usually delegated to the supervisor who is expected to cover the student’s stipend and £1k to attend conferences

Each scholarship covers:

  • International tuition fees
  • Maintenance allowance equal to Imperial’s minimum stipend allowance in any given year (£17,609 in 2021-22) per year
  • One economy class return journey to China

Scholarships will support either three years of study for a PhD or four years in certain cases where the student is required to undertake a one-year postgraduate degree prior to beginning their PhD.

Eligibility

  • Chinese students with a strong academic background
  • Applicants must hold a PR China passport.
  • Students do not need to be resident in China at the time of/before application
  • Students with prior experience of studying overseas (including in the UK) are eligible to apply, therefore Chinese Imperial graduates/Masters students are eligible for the scheme
  • Students who are not currently studying must be working full time and must apply through their previous academic institution in China;
  • Students from Hong Kong or Taiwan are not eligible to apply
  • Please note that successful scholarship applicants are required to return to China to work for a period of two years after graduation

Application

Full application details can be found on the College’s CSC Joint Funding page.


CSC Fully Funded Scholarship

Students should apply directly to the CSC usually through their ‘home’ Chinese institution. Further information is available from the ‘home’ Chinese institution.


AI4Health - UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in AI for Healthcare

AI4 Health's vision is to establish a world-leading centre for PhD training of next-generation innovators in Artificial Intelligence (AI) applied to Healthcare.

The Centre's PhD training has four broad healthcare themes that leverage AI in healthcare:

  1. Making healthcare provision more efficient and effective by increasing the productivity of doctors and nurses or patients through assistive technology
  2. Developing AI-based diagnostics & monitoring that can, for example, detect disease earlier and monitor health with higher precision
  3. AI-based decision support systems that will, for example, free up doctors’ and patient’s time to focus on key challenges or optimising the delivery or development of treatments
  4. AI that accelerates patient-centric drug and treatment development.

Imperial College’s Scholarships Search Tool

Other scholarships may be available for students with particular track records and nationalities, and it is advised that this tool is used to help search for available scholarships.