Doctoral College Studentship Award

Project start date

2 January 2018

Studentship end date

13 November 2017

Funding amount

A stipend matching the research council rate of £14,553 and covers the cost of tuition fees (home/EU rate)

Funding source

Doctoral College, University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is committed to recruiting and supporting talented doctoral researchers, and our Doctoral College is pleased to be awarding up to 12 fully funded studentships to outstanding PhD candidates across a range of disciplines.

As a PhD candidate you will be joining our world-class, multi-disciplinary and research-led University at an exciting time.

Our recently established Doctoral College offers an outstanding research environment and is home to 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 opportunities throughout your doctorate, as we support you to pursue your passion and achieve your career aspirations.

These studentships are now available to students starting in January 2018. They offer a generous stipend matching the research council rate of £14,553 and cover the cost of tuition fees (home/EU rate).

All of our subject areas are eligible to apply for the Doctoral College Studentship Awards. To find out more about our exciting research programmes, please explore our programme listings and learn more about our faculties:

Due to the timeframe of this award and visa processing times; these awards are only open to home and EU students.

Please note that the deadline for applications is: 12 midday, Monday 13 November 2017.

Further opportunities are available for all students. At the University of Surrey we will have over 100 studentships available for 2018 across a range of disciplines.

Application process

Please follow the three stage process below to help you prepare for 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/departments and staff lists. Use the staff lists to identify a prospective supervisor and contact them to discuss project options before completing the application. If you have difficulty identifying a prospective supervisor, the PGR director for the department may be able to help you.
  2. Apply for a place on a Surrey PhD programme: Once you have discussed your project with a prospective supervisor you will need to make an application for a place on a PhD programme. You can apply for a place by clicking the ‘apply now’ button on the programme page. Please indicate on your application that you are applying for a Doctoral College Studentship Award. You are also advised to include your degree transcripts and references in the application, as not providing these documents can slow the process down. The deadline to submit an application for a place on a PhD programme is: 12 midday, Monday 13 November 2017. 
  3. Complete the Doctoral College Studentships Award application: In addition to applying for a place on a PhD programme, 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. Once you have completed your form, please submit it to by the deadline of 12 midday, Monday 13 November 2017.

To help you prepare your application, you might find it helpful to consult the assessment criteria that will be used to assess applications.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Process after application deadline

Following the application deadline you will be called for an interview. The interview will be carried out by two members of staff, including your prospective supervisor.

Candidates will be informed whether they have been successful in securing a studentship award week commencing 4 December 2017. If you are successful, you will be required to start your programme in January 2018..

Need help?

For more information please visit the Doctoral College website.

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

Terms and conditions

  • The studentships will be offered in line with the University’s standard terms and conditions for postgraduate researchers
  • All stipends will be paid on a monthly basis. Please note that the awards cover stipend and fees at home/EU rates. Therefore, these studentships are only available to home/EU students.
  • There are no bench fees or research training support grants attached to this award.
  • We welcome applications from both full-time and part-time students.
  • Please note that these awards are for a January 2018 start. Please only apply if you are able to commence your PhD in January 2018.