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The Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarships

We support the doctoral candidates of today to become the researchers, innovators and leaders of the future.

Choose to study on a research programme with us and from day one, you'll benefit from dedicated workspaces, high-quality facilities, and support from our experienced, research-active supervisors.

Our Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarships include a fee waiver and stipend for three years (set at the level recommended by UK Research and Innovation).

Candidate requirements

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a 2:1 Bachelors Degree in a cognate discipline. A Masters degree in a relevant subject is desirable.

Applicants must be prepared to study on a full-time basis, attending at our Cambridge or Chelmsford campus, subject to UK Government Covid-19 movement restrictions. Please refer to the project descriptions for the location of each scholarship.

The VC PhD studentship awards are open to Home fee paying applicants only. If you are unsure of your fee status then please contact vcphdstu@aru.ac.uk

How to apply

Applications for a Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship are made through our applicant portal. Underneath each project description you will find a link to the application form. Please ensure that you make a note of the project reference number or title as you will need to enter this on the form.

You will also need the following documents available electronically to upload them to the application portal (we can accept files in pdf, jpeg or Word format):

  1. Certificates and transcripts from your Bachelors and Masters degrees (if applicable)
  2. Your personal statement explaining your suitability for the project
  3. Passport and visa or EU Settlement Scheme share code (if applicable)
  4. Your CV

We will review all applications after the submission deadline of 25 April 2021. We will contact shortlisted applicants in the week commencing 10 May. Interviews will be held between 17 and 28 May. The interview dates for each project can be found under each project description.

If you have any queries relating to the application process or the terms and conditions of the scholarships, please email vcphdstu@aru.ac.uk

To discuss a research project, please contact the supervisor(s) named in the relevant project description.

The projects

With twelve of our research areas classed as generating world-leading research by the Research Excellence Framework, we're making a positive difference – tackling global issues from all levels, from climate change to building safe and inclusive, healthy and creative communities. We are also ranked in the Top 40 Universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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Some of our Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarships have been developed in conjunction with The DTA Future Societies programme, which will support solutions-driven research that tackles the world’s most pressing challenges, with projects guided by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Funding notes

This successful applicant for this project will receive a Vice Chancellor’s PhD Studentship which covers Home tuition fees and provides a UKRI equivalent minimum annual stipend for three years. For 2021/2 this will be £15,609 per year. The award is subject to the successful candidate meeting the scholarship terms and conditions. Please note that the University asserts the right to claim any intellectual property generated by research it funds.

Download the full terms and conditions.