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 2022-23 academic year. 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 ten new studentship awards to increase the representation of Black British students at Doctoral level at Surrey.

These three and a half year, fully funded scholarships are part of a larger programme to improve access and participation for Black British students in postgraduate research, jointly funded by the Office for Students, Research England and the University of Surrey.

The purpose of Surrey’s Shine Scholars Programme is to provide Black British students with the resources, support and environment necessary to achieve excellence and pursue rich and rewarding careers after graduation. Through embedding sustainable initiatives that build a pipeline for Black students, enhance experience and provide a career boost, we will improve our inclusive culture and race equity at Surrey to benefit our whole postgraduate community.

This multicomponent programme comprises:

  • Our fully-funded ‘Shine Scholars’ package (summer school, mentoring, placement opportunities, teaching qualifications, tailored career advice)
  • An internship scheme for Black undergraduates
  • A range of mentoring opportunities from Black, Asian and minority ethnic postgraduate students and academics
  • Race equity training and inclusive supervisor training for staff
  • Inclusive researcher development training
  • External speaker series with Black academics and networking events.

Eligibility criteria: This studentship is open to Black British UK permanent residents starting in October 2022.

Application deadline: 17 January 2022.

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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