PhD Funding Opportunities

PhD Funding Opportunities

The following scholarship schemes are led or supported by the GRC

The Alternative Guide to PG Funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality.

The Alternative Guide Online contains a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application. The University of Kent has purchased a licence to the Guide, and so it’s free for all students and staff to use!

Signature Research Theme Scholarships

University of Kent's Signature Research Themes reflect cutting-edge research and innovation activities across disciplinary borders, and enhance our engagement with wider communities, regionally, nationally and internationally. Six signature research theme PhD scholarships were available for 2023 entry. 

Future HumanMigration and Movement and Positive Environmental Futures deadlines have passed for 2023.

Kent Research Institute Scholarships

Each of Kent's Research Institutes have two scholarships, the 2023 deadlines have now passed.

The Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries have two student lead scholarships

Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) have two projects: 

UK wilding for nature recovery: investigating the role of large herbivores

Prioritising the recovery of artisanal gold mines using remote sensing  

and The Institute of Cyber Security for Society have two student lead scholarships.

China Scholarship Council (CSC) Kent PhD Scholarships

  The University of Kent and the China Scholarship Council are jointly providing up to 20 fully funded PhD scholarships per annum for Chinese students to study at University of Kent's UK campuses.   

CHASE Collaborative Doctoral Awards

Rejecting and Recycling the past in reformation Canterbury (with Canterbury Cathedral)

This collaborative doctoral award will allow one student to intervene an emerging new humanities discipline, working at a World Heritage Site.

The Church and the Plantations: An examination of The Bishops of London and their workforces in the tobacco colonies c.1680- 1800 (with Fulham Palace House & Gardens)

This exciting project addresses historical linkages between the Bishopric of London and colonialism, especially among plantation estates, enslaved people and other victims of exploited labour in Virginia and Maryland c.1680- 1800.   

The deadline for these Awards has now passed

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Global Challenges Doctoral Centre

The Global Challenges Doctoral Centre is dedicated to supporting and connecting doctoral and postdoctoral researchers who are working to address challenges in developing countries.

The Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) was established in the academic year 2018-19 to help realise the aims of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Please note we are not currently accepting student-led applications for the 2022-23 academic year.