Doctoral College Studentship Awards

Doctoral College funded studentships to help you start your research career.

Fully funded studentships

Each year the Doctoral College funds a number of generous studentships across a range of disciplines, working with our field-leading researchers. We provide innovative and world-class doctoral training, with an outstanding research environment that connects supervisors, doctoral researchers, and research support staff within a multi-disciplinary approach, making the University of Surrey the ideal place to start your research career.

We are also committed to addressing inequalities in participation in doctoral degree programmes, ensuring that our Doctoral College is accessible, inclusive and representative of the society we live in.

We are currently working on plans for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years. Our current studentship opportunities are below. Details of further opportunities will appear here as soon as they are announced.

Shine Scholars Studentship Award

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new studentship award to help address our concerns on the lack of representation of Black British Students at Doctoral level. The Shine Scholars Studentship Award is the first step to address this issue by providing full financial support to these excellent researchers.

  • Eligibility criteria: This studentship is open to Black British UK permanent residents starting in January 2022 or October 2022. 
  • Application deadline: 25 October 2021 (for January 2022 start) or 17 January 2022 (for October 2022 start).

Vice-Chancellor’s Studentship Award

It is a priority for the University to attract exceptional global research talent in order to fulfil our mission to transform lives across the world through research and education. We are pleased to offer prospective International PhD students a generous funding package to support their development as future leaders in academia and beyond.

  • Eligibility criteria: This studentship is open to international candidates starting in October 2022.
  • Application deadline: 17 January 2022.

Other studentships currently available

We advertise funded studentships year round, whether funded by the University of Surrey or by external funding. Check our current studentships listings to see what else if available.

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