PhD Scholarships - Birmingham Elite Graduate Programme

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (of which the School of Physics and Astronomy is a member) has instituted a number of fully funded 'Postgraduate Elite Scholarships' available for Overseas (non-EU) applicants who would like to undertake PhD research at the University of Birmingham.

Note that the University Graduate School Doctoral Researcher Elite Scholarships scheme is NOT running for October 2014 starters.

The details of the Scholarships are:
  • The Scholarships are awarded for a period of 3.5 years.
  • Scholarships are expected to begin in September of the first year of the award (but start date is negotiable).
  • The Scholarship covers the full overseas fees.
  • The Scholarship pays a maintenance award (equivalent to that received by an EPSRC funded student in the same School).
  • The Scholarship pays a single £5000 research grant which can spent on research related costs (travel, conferences, books, computing equipment etc) over the period of the award.
Up to ten Scholarships are offered each year across all engineering and physical science disciplines.

Competition for these Postgraduate Elite Scholarships is intense. Award holders typically graduated at or near the top of their cohort in internationally leading universities. Many hold national or international prizes for their work as undergraduates. The Theory Group was successful last year in being awarded a Scholar.

How to apply

Applicants apply to the School of Physics for a PhD place in the usual way. The Schools will then select the leading applicants for consideration by an external panel. The outcome is known by the beginning of February. Applications and paperwork need to be submitted to the School of Physics by the end of December.