Breaking Barriers Studentship Award 2023

Our exciting new studentship opportunity aims to address under-representation within specific departments to help advance gender equality and diversity whilst funding aspiring leaders of research.  

Start date

1 October 2023


3.5 years funded

Application deadline

Funding source

University of Surrey, Doctoral College

Funding information

  • Full tuition fee waiver p.a.
  • Stipend at UKRI rates p.a. (currently at £17,668) 
  • Research Training Support Grant of £3,000 to cover the funded period.


We are committed to ensuring that our Doctoral College is accessible, inclusive, and representative of the society we live in. Our exciting new studentship opportunity aims to address under-representation of women, men, and non-binary students within specific departments to help advance gender equality and diversity whilst funding aspiring leaders of research.  

You will be joining our world-class, research-led University at an exciting time. 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.

This studentship is available to UK and International applicants who identify as women in the following programmes:

UK and International applications who identify as non-binary in all PhD programmes. Applicants from any department where there are particular issues in relation to gender balance amongst their PGR community.

Find out more about our postgraduate research courses and our three faculties:

Applications are open to full-time or part-time candidates. Funding will be prorated for part-time candidates, see guidance notes (PDF) for further information.

Eligibility criteria

Qualification requirements will vary depending on the chosen PhD programme. 

English language requirements 

The score or level of English language required varies between courses. Please visit our postgraduate research course pages for specific requirements.

How to apply

Please follow the process below to help you prepare and submit your application.

1. Identify and speak to a prospective supervisor

On the web pages for our academic schools and departments, you will find staff lists which you can use to identify a prospective supervisor. Please contact a prospective supervisor to discuss project options before completing the application. If you have difficulty identifying a prospective supervisor, the PGR Director for the relevant department may be able to help you.

2. Apply for a place on a postgraduate research course 

Once you have discussed your project with a prospective supervisor you will need to make an application for a place through the relevant course page. Please make sure you indicate on your application that you are applying for the Breaking Barriers Studentship Award 2023.

The deadline to apply for a place on a doctoral programme for this studentship award is 16 December 2022​ at 23:59 GMT.

3. Complete the Doctoral College studentships award application

In addition to applying for a place on a postgraduate research course, you will also need to complete the application form. This is your application for funding and will be used to select successful candidates for funding. Please also refer to the guidance notes which will assist you in filling in the application form.

Once you have completed your form, please submit it to by the deadline of 16 December 2022 at 23:59 GMT. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

4. What happens next?

Following the deadline, your application will be considered by an academic panel. You will be informed whether you have been successful in securing a studentship award by 13 February 2023. If you are successful, you will be required to start your programme in October 2023.


Guidance notes

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Application form

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