The scholarships are open to applicants with Black or Mixed Black Heritage who are ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom (equal to being eligible for home fees status). Graduates with a degree in engineering, any of the physical sciences, mathematics, biological sciences, physiology or medicine may be accepted for a PhD. We will normally only accept applicants with a good 2:1 or 1st class degree from a UK university, or non-UK equivalent.

How to apply:

Please apply directly to this scheme rather than the usual departmental PhD application route.

If you would like support at any stage of the application process, we strongly encourage you to contact us at james-west-scholarships@imperial.ac.uk and we will connect you with the right person for advice and guidance.

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The application consists of…

1.     A 2-page CV in pdf format
Your CV should include

•educational qualifications (including degree classification)
•any prizes or awards
•relevant experience, such as research projects, internships or relevant work experience
•research output such as publications, conference posters and talks (we note many applicants will not have this experience)

 2.     A 1-page personal statement in pdf format
The personal statement should describe your motivation for undertaking a PhD in Bioengineering and include a brief description of the research areas and topics that interest you.

3.     Contact details of 2 academic referees
Please provide the names and email addresses of two academic referees. The email addresses should be professional or institutional email accounts.

How to submit an application to the scheme

To submit an application, please send the CV, personal statement and references to james-west-scholarships@imperial.ac.uk, with the word ‘Application’ in the subject line and including a statement to confirm that you are eligible for home-fees status.

Please note there is no need to write a formal email or cover letter.

Timeline (updated)

We will carry out two funding rounds until the three scholarships are allocated.

First round:

  • December 5th 2022
    Applications close
  • December 21st 2022
    Applicants are to be informed of whether they have been shortlisted. Shortlisted candidates will then submit a formal PhD application to College. 
  • January 2023
    Shortlisted candidate interviews. 

Successful candidates will be informed within a week of their interviews. Candidates will then decide whether they wish to start their studies with an MRes or PhD.
Students with then be aligned with supervisors and identify their project for a start in October 2023

Second round:

If not all scholarships have been allocated, the second round will have an application deadline of March 3rd 2023.

Selecting a project and supervisor

Please use these links for a list of our

•research areas https://www.imperial.ac.uk/bioengineering/research/
•researchers https://www.imperial.ac.uk/bioengineering/people/academic-staff-and-research-fellows/ 

to identify the research opportunities in the department. There are two possible routes available for this scheme

1. Applicants will contact potential supervisors and projects prior to applying for a PhD and discuss projects. In this case, your personal statement can include a reference to your interest in the specific project and the name of the potential supervisor. Please note that the supervisor may wish to carry out an interview prior to accepting you as a student.

2. We will assist successful candidates in finding the right supervisor. Please identify research areas or individuals of interest, and mention these in your personal statement. Note that candidates undergoing this route will not be disadvantaged in their application.