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Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship - School of Physical Sciences

£14,777 (2018/19 rate) plus Home/EU fees 

The School of Physical Sciences offers postgraduate students the opportunity to participate in ground-breaking science in the realms of physics, chemistry, forensics and astronomy. With strong international reputations, our staff provide plausible ideas, well-designed projects, research training and enthusiasm within a stimulating environment. Recent investment in modern laboratory equipment and computational facilities accelerates the research.

Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarships – 3 positions

For this year’s Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarships, we are inviting applications from candidates interested in undertaking research from a range of projects from across our research groups:

Applied Optics Group

Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science

Functional Material Groups

Forensic Imaging Group


We are looking for an excellent student with a good Honours degree (First or 2i) and, preferably, a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential. 

The scholarship competition is open to all new postgraduate research applicants, applying for September 2019 entry.  UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply. 

Current Kent PhD research students are not eligible for this scholarship

Please note that overseas students must have the appropriate documentation to evidence eligibility to work in the UK. Further information can be found at:

How to apply

Apply for either a Chemistry or Physics PhD uploading a copy of your research proposal together with the name of a prospective supervisor

The studentship will be administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme with the expectation that some teaching will be undertaken.Further details of the scheme can be found at GTA Terms and Conditions

Please note that there are 3 positions available for the School of Physical Sciences – across applicants from all of the aforementioned list of projects. There will be an internal competition and the quality of the applicants will play a role in the final decision of the School. 

Any enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Admissions Team spsadmissions@kent.ac.uk 

For further information on the Vice Chancellor Research Scholarships please visit here


The deadline for this award has now passed.  Details for 2020/21 will be published here when available. 

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