Shine Scholars Studentship Award 2021

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new studentship award to help address the lack of representation of Black British Students at Doctoral level.

Start date
1 January 2022
3.5 years funded
Application deadline
Funding source
University of Surrey, Doctoral College
Funding information
  • Full UK tuition fee waiver p.a.
  • Stipend at UKRI rates p.a. (currently at £15,609) 
  • A Research Training Support Grant of £3,000 to cover the funded period.


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.

Eligible candidates can apply across all our research programmes, with the exception of our PsychD, MD, PDS and EngD programmes. 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 for further information.

Eligibility criteria

Black British UK-permanent residents from the following ethnic groups: Black or Black British African, Black or Black British Caribbean, Black or Black British other or Mixed Black or Black British. 

Qualification requirements will vary depending on the chosen PhD programme. 

All PhD programmes are eligible. PsychD, MD, PDS and EngD programmes are not eligible.

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 Shine Scholars Studentship Award 2021.

The deadline to apply for a place on a doctoral programme for this studentship award is 25 October 2021 at 23:59 BST.

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 25 October 2021 at 23:59 BST. 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 Monday 22 November 2021. If you are successful, you will be required to start your programme in January 2022.

Application form 2021

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Guidance Notes

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Application deadline


Studentships at Surrey

We have a wide range of studentship opportunities available.