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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.

Applications for entry in September 2022 will open in early 2022. If you would like to be contacted when the application window opens, please email

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. When we advertise the individual projects we will state which campus they will be based on.

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.