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Postgraduate Research Studentships

Each year we offer fully-funded Research Studentships to support the next generation of leading academics. Funding is available across all research areas and it typically comprises three years of funding.

Self-funders or those with external funding sources are welcome to apply via our standard route at any time of year.

  1. Funding in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  2. Funding in the Faculty of Science and Engineering
  3. BAME Studentships
  4. Funding in the School of Medicine and Dentistry
  5. Deadlines
  6. Contact Us

Humanities and Social Sciences PhD Studentships

Eligible Subject Areas

We are offering fully-funded PhD studentships in all areas that fall within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for September 2024 entry. This includes the following eight Schools:

Candidate Eligibility

All nationalities are eligible for these 3-year studentships which cover tuition fees and living expenses. Part-time applicants and current first-year students are also eligible to apply. 

There are additionally up to two awards for UK students who identify as BAME. Full details are within the below documents. 

There is an additional award funded alongside the Stuart Hall Foundation. See below for eligibility criteria.

How to Apply

Applications for 2024 entry are open now. The HSS Principal’s Doctoral Research Studentships for Academic Year 2024-25 closing on 26th February 2024.

The studentships cover all tuition fees, and provide a grant for living expenses at UK Research Council rates for London (c. £20,622 p.a. full-time, c. £10,311 part-time).

001 - HSS studentships memo 2024 [PDF 163KB] - Procedures for the HSS Principal’s Doctoral Research Studentships competition (QMPS), timetable and paperwork, criteria for awards at Faculty level.

002 - HSS studentships 2023 general [DOC 35KB] - Studentship, application process, assessment.

003 - SNF 2022-23 [DOC 47KB] - Check list for schools, cover sheet, student nomination form.

004 - Specification for candidate suitability [PDF 87KB] - Minimum requirements for consideration for studentships.

005 - Guidance to applicants 2024-25 [PDF 134KB] - Research proposal, statement of purpose, assessment.

006 - Stuart Hall Foundation (SHF)-QMUL HSS Principal's Studentship Explanatory Memo [PDF 144KB]General considerations, eligibility criteria, statement of purpose and assessment, benefits of applying.

Please note that these awards cannot be deferred.

NEW for 24/25

This year the Doctoral College (DC) will be offering up to 2 BAME studentships (UK/home fees only) to PGR applicants in HSS. The eligibility criteria for the Doctoral College BAME awards are the same as the HSS ones and candidates will be assessed in the same competition. Eligible candidates should indicate in their statement of purpose that they would like to be considered for the BAME awards, without further specification.


Science and Engineering PhD Studentships

Fully-funded studentships are available for September 2024 entry across this Faculty in five strategic research themes:

  • Environment, biodiversity and genomics 
  • Green energy
  • Engineering better medicine
  • Social interaction, health and wellbeing
  • Data-centric engineering

In addition to our general studentship competition, we also offered two studentships for UK BAME applicants.

Eligible Subject Areas

PhD programmes across all five schools within the Faculty are eligible for the funding. 

Candidate Eligibility

S&E Doctoral Studentships for Underrepresented Groups in Research:

  • UK students who identify as coming from a Black, Asian or Ethnic minority background. 
  • The proposed research project fits within the broader range of research themes in science and engineering within our five Schools.

Queen Mary Research Studentships:

  • All nationalities are eligible for some awards, Home only for others. Check with your department before applying.
  • All subject areas are eligible but Schools will be posting updates about which projects they are funding on their pages. There is no guarantee of funding for a particular subject area as this is highly competitive.

Doctoral Training Studentships:

How to Apply

Applications for 2024 entry are open now. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 31st January 2024.

Follow the step-by-step instructions on the How To Apply page before submitting your online application.

For most funding types there is one single application for admission and for funding. You should note the funding for which you would like to be considered on your application form.

Some Doctoral Training Programmes require an additional application to the funding partner. Please read the instructions on their website carefully and get in touch if you are unsure. 

BAME Studentships for Postgraduate Research Students

For 2023 entry, Queen Mary University of London will be offering four fully-funded doctoral studentships (tuition fees and stipend at the UKRI London rate) to UK applicants from a BAME background. 

School of Medicine and Dentistry PhD Studentships

This School is organised into seven distinct Institutes and each has their own funding sources. Typically this comes in three forms:

Research Council Grants: These will be advertised, as they become available, throughout the year. Check our list of live adverts now.

Doctoral Training Schemes: Details of each of these can be found on our doctoral training scheme page.

Charity or Industrial Funding: These will be advertised, as they become available, throughout the year. 

Self-funders or those with external funding are welcome to submit a speculative application at any time of year. Prior contact with the proposed supervisor and discussion of the project is highly recommended in advance of submitting your application.


International PhD Funding Schemes

In addition to Queen Mary's studentships, we work with numerous international funding agencies to co-fund PhD studentships to support individual students from across the globe. Today, we are home to scholars from more than 50 different international sponsorship bodies.

More information about the scholarships available to you can be found on your individual country page or by using our searchable scholarships database.

The main funding partners we work with for PhD funding are:

Deadlines for PhD Studentships

Applications for  PhD funding for September 2023 entry are now closed. The deadlines for September 2024 entry are as follows:

  • Law studentships: Wednesday 6th December 2023
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Studentships: Wednesday 24th January 2024 (except Law)
  • Science and Engineering Studentships: Wednesday 31st January 2024
  • China Scholarship Council applicants for any subject area: Wednesday 31st January 2024
  • MRes-PhD applicants for the School of Economics and Finance: Monday 5th February 2024
  • Projects for the School of Medicine and Dentistry: various- check the advert for the project.
  • Doctoral Training Partnerships: There may be an additional application and an earlier deadline. Please check their websites carefully.


Contact Us

If you have questions about any of the above, please contact us via the enquiry form or contact the relevant academic School directly. 

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