Doctoral College Studentship Award 2019

The University of Surrey’s Doctoral College is pleased to announce that a variety of funding opportunities are available to outstanding postgraduate research candidates across a range of disciplines.

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Funding information

This competition funded studentship (UK and European students only) covers home/EU fees and stipend of £15,000, a research training support grant of £500 and financial support for research materials and consumables (if successfully applied for) up to the value of £1,000 (per annum).

Funding source
University of Surrey


These awards are available for students starting their doctorate in October 2019.

The University of Surrey is committed to recruiting and supporting talented doctoral researchers to underpin its ambitious research strategy. You will be joining our world-class, research-led University at an exciting time. With the recent establishment of the Doctoral College we offer an outstanding research environment with a supportive community that connects supervisors, doctoral researchers, and research support staff across all three of the university’s faculties. You will have access to invaluable training throughout your doctorate and we will support you to achieve your career aspirations. 

We are a multi-disciplinary institution and all of our subject areas are eligible to apply for the Doctoral College Studentship Awards. Find out more about our postgraduate research courses and our faculties:

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Application guidance notes

Eligibility criteria

These awards are available for students starting their doctorate in October 2019. We welcome applications from prospective full-time and part-time students.

Please note: the competition is not open to existing PhD students.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please follow the three-stage process below to help you prepare and submit your application.

1. Identify and speak to a prospective supervisor

Within each of the Faculty pages above you will find links to academic schools and departments and staff lists. Use the staff lists to identify a prospective supervisor. Contact your prospective supervisor to discuss project options before completing the application. If you have difficulty identifying a prospective supervisor, the PGR Director for the department might 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 on a postgraduate research course; you can do this through the course page. Please make sure you indicate on your application that you are applying for the Doctoral College Studentship Award (DCSA3). You are also advised to ensure that you include your degree transcripts and references in the application – not providing these documents can slow the process down. The deadline to submit an application for a place on a postgraduate research course is 12:00 GMT on Friday 7 June 2019.

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 Doctoral College Studentships Award 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 12:00 GMT on Friday 7 June 2019.  

Following the application deadline, your application will be considered by an academic panel. If you are successful, you will be required to start your programme in October 2019.

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If you have any questions or queries about the Doctoral College Studentship Awards, please contact

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