The President’s Ph.D. Scholarships offer an outstanding opportunity for potential Ph.D. students.
If you are a high performing undergraduate or Master’s student and have a strong desire to undertake a Ph.D. programme at a world-class research institution, you could be selected to receive full tuition fees and a generous stipend for a Ph.D. place at Imperial College London. The President’s Ph.D. Scholarships aims to provide up to 50 research students with great potential the opportunity to work within their chosen research field with the support of an excellent supervisor.
Opportunities for Ph.D. funding via this scheme are extremely competitive, with higher than usual eligibility requirements. Applicants should be confident that they are able to demonstrate outstanding academic performance before applying for this scholarship scheme. Previous successful recipients of the scholarship have ranked highly in their class, often achieving grades of 85% or higher in their degree(s).
The earliest start date for funded places is 1 August 2020, the latest start date is 1 November 2020.
Financial Coverage and Benefits of President’s Ph.D. Scholarships 2020
Successful candidates will receive the following financial support for up to 3.5 years:
- A stipend of £21,400 per annum to assist with living costs
- Full funding for tuition fees
- A consumables fund of £2,000 per annum for the first 3 years of study
- A programme of bespoke opportunities and events delivered by the Graduate School
Eligibility of President’s Ph.D. Scholarships 2020
- Applications are accepted from talented candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide. There are no restrictions on nationality.
- Candidates must be among the highest achievers in their undergraduate cohort, and in receipt of, or due to receive a first-class UK degree or equivalent.
- Candidates with a standalone Master’s qualification must have achieved a distinction or, where this has yet to have been achieved, be able to provide evidence of high performance that will lead to a distinction. They must also hold a first-class UK undergraduate degree or equivalent (integrated Masters that form part of an undergraduate degree, e.g. MEng, MSci, M.Math, are assessed by Admissions as an undergraduate qualification when determining eligibility). Candidates with multiple standalone Master’s qualifications must have achieved a distinction in the one most relevant to their Ph.D. study.
- Candidates with degrees from overseas institutions are strongly urged to determine if their scores/grades are equivalent to the relevant eligibility criteria.
- Prior to applying candidates must have made contact with a supervisor in an academic department at Imperial College London who has agreed to supervise their research project. Please note that supervisors are limited to supervise one scholar at any time. Please review the President’s Ph.D. Scholarships – Unavailable Supervisors page for more information. Please note: current registered Imperial Ph.D. students are not eligible to be considered for a President’s Ph.D. Scholarship. The scheme is only open to new Ph.D. applications.
How to apply for President’s Ph.D. Scholarships 2020
The scheme is open for 2020-21 scholarship applications.
There is not a specific scholarship application form. You should submit your application for admission to study at Imperial through our online admissions system and your department will put you forward for the scholarship based on academic merit and potential.
- When prompted for a personal statement you must ensure that it consists of approx. 1000 words (maximum 2 pages) and outlines your academic and research achievements to date, explaining in brief your planned research project. The selection panel will not consider statements exceeding the 2-page limit. You may submit updated versions of this statement if required following application submission.
- To be considered for the President’s Ph.D. Scholarship scheme, applicants must select this option in the funding section of the additional questions tab within the online application form.
- You must also meet any additional application requirements stated by your department of choice.
Eligible candidates will be advanced to the next review and selection process; please see the deadlines below.
Deadline of President’s Ph.D. Scholarships 2020
Applications put forward for this scholarship scheme will be considered throughout the academic year.
- Applicants who apply before 8 November 2019 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 4 February 2020.
- Applicants who apply before 10 January 2020 and are awarded a scholarship will now be notified by 31 March 2020.
- Applicants who apply before 20 March 2020 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 29 May 2020