School of Physical Sciences

Postgraduate scholarships

A variety of scholarships for postgraduate stuents are provided by the University. Examples of scholarships include: research student scholarships, location-specific funding, sport and music scholarships, and funding specifically for overseas fee-paying students. A selection of available scholarships are explained below. Full details of all University scholarships, are available on the main university website.

Departmental studentships and funded PhD projects

Details of our funded vacancies for 2016-17 are available by clicking here.

Overseas (non-EU) scholarship award

The University of Kent offers a limited number of small scholarships to overseas (Non-EU) students registering on approved graduate and undergraduate courses at Kent.

The scholarships, awarded on the basis of academic merit, provide for a reduction of £2,000 in the first year’s overseas fees.

The closing date for application is 31 May prior to the academic year of entry.

Full details and how to apply.

Alumni scholarship

This scholarship, for alumni of the University of Kent, was inaugurated in 1995 and has been awarded annually since. It is funded entirely through gifts from alumni and friends of the University. The scholarship is open to applicants from any subject; the successful applicant will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, achievements to date in their chosen field, their communication skills and their contribution to the life of the University community.

The successful applicant will be registered for a full-time research degree; the scholarship will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years. The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the home rate and a maintenance grant at the same rate as the UK Research Councils (£13,726 in 2013/14).

The successful applicant will be expected to act as 'ambassador' for the University and to assist with fundraising for future scholarships. This will involve attending alumni events (not more than two per year) and being featured in, or writing for, University publications such as KENT, the University of Kent magazine or the University internal Newsletter.

Further details, including criteria and how to apply, can be found at

The Christine and Ian Bolt Scholarships

The Christine and Ian Bolt Scholarships were set up in memory of Christine Bolt, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Kent, and were generously funded by her late husband, Ian Bolt.

Successful applicants will be awarded up to £10,000 each (to include tuition fees) to support a sustained period of research in America for up to one year. In exceptional circumstances, the scholarship holders may be invited to re-apply for a further one year's funding.

Scholarships are aimed at students whose area of research has an American element and/or where the centre of expertise or an important source of research material is located in the United States of America.

Further details, including criteria and how to apply, can be found at

Further scholarships

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Last Updated: 10/05/2016