Scholarships for postgraduate research


The University of Bristol has over 250 funded PhD Studentships for outstanding students across our six faculties. Further information and advice about the different sources of financial help available for prospective postgraduates is provided by the University's Student Funding Office.

Further information on how to fund your studies is available in the postgraduate research Information Hub, including advice on scholarships, faculty-specific funding information, and other sources of funding. You can also find information about funding sources based on your eligibility and subject interests using our scholarship search.

Featured Scholarships

  • EPSRC Future Opportunities Fund

    7 studentships are available for excellent scientists and engineers who wish to pursue a PhD in cross-disciplinary research on the frontlines of Science and Engineering in four key research areas: Cybersecurity, Digital Innovations, Hazards and Synthetic Biology. While there is no formal deadline, these positions will close once filled.

  • Chinese Scholarships Council-University of Bristol Scholarship Programme

    20 fully-funded scholarships for programmes in PhD research at the University of Bristol are available to Chinese students in a new joint initiative with the Chinese Scholarships Council. Applications are open until 31 January, 2017 for the 2017/18 academic year. For more information and to apply please see the website.

  • Alumni scholarship

    If you're a University of Bristol student or graduate interested in a research degree, you could benefit from a ten per cent reduction in your tuition fees. The discount is available to students starting a degree on or after 1 August 2017.

  • Sanctuary Scholarship

    A scheme which offers scholarships to people from refugee and asylum seeking communities to study at University. This scholarship offers support towards the costs of Higher Education for those who have faced barriers to access education in the past. Please note that the deadline for 2016 applications has now closed, but the 2017/18 will open soon.

Doctoral training

We have 27 funded centres and partnerships, with funding from all UK research councils, as well as from the EU and charitable organisations. Many of these offer scholarships for postgraduate research.