Vice Chancellor's Studentship Award 2022

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 2022


3.5 years funded

Application deadline

Funding source

University of Surrey, Doctoral College

Funding information

  • Full international tuition fees covered
  • Stipend at UKRI rates p.a. (currently at £15,609) 
  • A Research Training Support Grant of £3,000 to cover the funded period.


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. 

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:

Eligibility criteria

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.

This studentship is only open to International candidates starting in October 2022.

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 Vice Chancellors Studentship Award 2022.

The deadline to apply for a place on a doctoral programme for this studentship award is Monday 17 January 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 (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 17 January 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 Tuesday 1 March 2022. If you are successful, you will be required to start your programme in October 2022.

Application form

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Guidance notes

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Studentship FAQs

Read our studentship FAQs to find out more about applying and funding.


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