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Funding a PhD

There are a number of sources of funding available for PhD students. These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Students are also strongly recommended to check individual departmental web pages for most up-to-date listings on funding opportunities.

Queen Mary Postgraduate central Research scholarships

Queen Mary Postgraduate Research studentships

Queen Mary offers research studentships each year which are tenable for up to three years. The studentships cover tuition fees and provide maintenance at the basic research council level (£15,590). For more information on these studentships, as well as others linked to specific funded projects within the College, see: Research Studentships

China Scholarship Council (CSC)/ Queen Mary Joint PhD scholarships 

Queen Mary is pleased to announce that it will fund up to 100 joint PhD scholarships in co-operation with the China Scholarship Council for 2015 entry, making us one the biggest supporters of the CSC scheme in the UK.

Under the scheme, Queen Mary will provide scholarships to cover all tuition fees, whilst the CSC will provide living expenses and one return flight ticket to successful applicants.

For 2015 entry, places are available in the following schools:

Science and Engineering

SchoolKey Contact
Institute of BioengineeringProfessor David Lee
School of Biological and Chemical SciencesDr Elisa Piccaro
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer ScienceDr Simon Dixon
School of Engineering and Materials ScienceDr Steve Dunn
Materials Research InstituteKaren Wilkinson
School of Mathematical SciencesEmeline Reeves
School of Physics and AstronomyDr Kostya Trachenko

Humanities and Social Sciences

SchoolKey Contact
School of Business ManagementProfessor Muradoglu
Monira Begum
School of Economics and FinanceNicholas Owen
School of English and DramaProfessor Jerry Brotton
School of GeographyDr Geraldene Wharton
School of Languages, Linguistics and FilmDr Linnaea Stockall
School of Law/Centre for Commercial Law StudiesDr Angelos Dimopoulos
Dr Gabriel Gari
School of Politics and International RelationsDr David Williams

Applicants are asked to follow our usual online application process and identify themselves as CSC scholars. Should you have any questions regarding the application process please email or for more detailed enquiries regarding possible projects please email the designated school contacts listed above.

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2015.

You can also read more about the scheme by downloading the following documents:

China Scholarship Scheme Flyer
China Scholarship Scheme Flyer [PDF 3.88 MB]


China Scholarship Scheme Poster
China Scholarship Scheme Poster [PDF 3.03 MB]

Queen Mary Marshall Scholarships

The Marshall Aid Commemorative Commission has recently established a partnership with Queen Mary. The Queen Mary Marshall Scholarships were set up in order to finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree at Queen Mary. These scholarships are for Graduate Study in any subject at either Masters or Doctoral level and will be for two years (with a possibility of a third year for doctoral studies).

If you do not fit the eligibility criteria for the Queen Mary Marshall Scholarships you may still be considered for the general Marshall Scholarships scheme. Under the general scheme at least forty scholars are selected each year to study either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years.

Eligibility criteria for Queen Mary Marshall Scholarships

In order to be eligible for these awards applicants must:

  • be United States citizens who (by the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7.
  • To qualify for awards tenable from October 2010, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2007.
  • include Queen Mary on your application form as your first or second choice.

Further information on these scholarships can be found on the Marshall Scholarship website.

Alternative sources of funding (Home/EU)

UK Research Council Doctoral Training Studentships

The research councils are the primary sources of funding for Home and EU students and cover both tuition fees and maintenance.
For more information, see: Research Studentships

Career Development Loans

Postgraduate students wishing to undertake certain vocational courses who cannot obtain alternative funding may borrow a maximum of £8,000 to cover 80 per cent of course fees plus related expenses. Repayments are delayed and the Government pays the interest during the course and for one month afterwards. Details can be found on the Directgov website.

Employer sponsorship

Many employers are willing to sponsor their employees on either a full-time or part-time basis as part of their career development. If you are in employment you should consider asking your employers whether they can assist with the funding of postgraduate study.

Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

Queen Mary has subscribed to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding 2012-13. This guide details how to find and apply to alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which make awards to current and postgraduate students. Charities are an under-rated funding resource, and often make awards to students of any subject and any nationality.

The Guide was written by two postgraduate students who between them have won over £45,000 from 55 different charity awards. It is published independently by GradFunding. The Guide is password protected, enter your Queen Mary username and password when prompted. Alternatively contact your academic school administrator for access. Open the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding (pdf).

Alternative sources of funding (Overseas)

Additional scholarship providers offering funding opportunities to international students wishing to research in the UK are listed below.

Overseas research scholarship providers

The list of scholarship providers below will help you identify research funding opportunities from your home country.









Hong Kong



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Saudi Arabia





United Arab Emirates (UAE)



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