International fee reduction studentship 2020

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

Start date

1 October 2020

Application deadline

Funding source

University of Surrey

Funding information

This competition funded studentship provides a reduction of the fee to the UK/EU rate for successful international candidates. This is not available to UK/EU students.


The University of Surrey is committed to recruiting and supporting talented doctoral researchers to underpin its ambitious research strategy. With this aim in mind, we are pleased to be able to offer our international fee reduction studentship award for outstanding international PhD candidates who wish to start their doctorate in October 2020.

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.

Candidates across all of our research programmes are eligible to apply for the International Fee Reduction Award, with the exception of our PsychD, MD, PDS and EngD programmes. Find out more about our postgraduate research courses and our three faculties:

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Application guidance notes (PDF)

Eligibility criteria

This award is available to overseas students starting their doctorate in October 2020. 

Please note: the competition is not open to students on PsychD, MD, PDS and EngD courses, or existing PhD students.

How to apply

Please follow the three-stage 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. 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 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 International Fee Reduction Studentship.

Please also ensure that you include your degree transcripts and references in the application. If you haven’t uploaded all requested documents or discussed your project with an academic before applying, your application will take longer to process.

The deadline to apply for a place on a doctoral programme for an October 2020 start is Monday 13 January 2020 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 (WORD). This is your application for funding and will be used to select successful candidates for funding. Please also refer to the guidance notes (PDF) which will assist you in filling in the application form.

Once you have completed your form, please submit it to by the deadline of Monday 13 January 2020 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 Friday 13 March 2020. If you are successful, you will be required to start your programme in October 2020.

Application form (WORD)

Application deadline

Contact details

Should you have any questions or queries relating to your PhD programme application, please contact For any questions or queries relating to the studentship, please contact

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