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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 high-quality facilities, and support from our experienced, research-active supervisors.

Applications for our 2022/3 Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarships have now closed.

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).

At ARU we champion research which makes a positive impact to education, business, industry, the professions, and civic institutions. ARU is home to a dynamic postgraduate researcher community that benefits from high-quality facilities, a comprehensive Researcher Development Programme, and support from experienced supervisory teams.

Doctoral Training Alliance

ARU is part of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) in Future Societies, a nationwide postgraduate research training initiative from University Alliance – the voice of professional and technical universities. Projects that are aligned to these themes will become part of the DTA.

The Doctoral Training Alliance, developed by a group of Alliance universities, builds on our research strengths and industry-focused ethos and provides a structured-doctoral training environment to produce independent, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas.

Candidate requirements

Applicants should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum upper second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) 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. The Vice Chancellor’s PhD scholarship awards are open to Home fee status applicants only.

Application procedures

Applications for a Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship are made through our application portal, via the individual project pages.

We will review all applications after the submission deadline of 27 February. We will contact shortlisted applicants in the week commencing 14 March. Interviews will be held between 21 March and 1 April. The interview date for each project can be found under the project description.

If you have any queries relating to the application process or the terms and conditions of the scholarships, please email

Documentation required

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

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 was £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.