University of Bristol PhD Scholarships

The University of Bristol PhD scholarship competition for 2018 is now open.

The selection process is devolved to each of the faculties and any queries should be directed to the Postgraduate Admissions staff in the school/faculty where you intend to study.

Please note, the closing dates for the scheme vary by Faculty and can be as early as January.

In brief:

The above covers the broad principles of the scheme, individual Faculties may have additional eligibility criteria and you are strongly advised to check with the Faculty where you intend to apply.

The University of Bristol PhD scholarship pays tuition fees and a maintenance stipend (at the minimum RCUK rate) for the duration of a PhD (typically 3 years but can be up to 4 years). However, Faculties do have the discretion to amend the award level and you are advised to clarify the award amount with the Faculty where you intend to study.

Admissions and applications

Faculty admissions, contact details and application deadlines are shown below.

The deadlines for 2018 PhD scholarships are yet to be announced. 

Contact details for faculties
Faculty Application Deadline Email address Telephone number
Arts To be confirmed +44 (0) 117 928 8897
Biomedical Sciences To be confirmed  +44 (0) 117 331 1535
Engineering 22 January 2018 +44 (0) 117 331 5834
Health Sciences To be confirmed  +44 (0) 117 331 1676
Science 22 January 2018 +44 (0) 117 928 8126
Social Sciences and Law 30 January 2018 +44 (0) 117 928 9952

Payment process

The first maintenance stipend payment will only be paid after you have fully registered with your school and faculty.

Payments are made monthly, usually on 1st of the month (subject to adjustments for weekends and Bank Holidays). Students registering outside of the main September registration week will receive a pro-rata payment in the first instance, future payments will be in line with the monthly payment schedule and the final payment will also be a pro-rata payment.

Leave policy

You can download the University of Bristol's Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave Policy for Research Students (PDF, 157kB) who receive a stipend.

For fathers or partners considering additional Paternity Leave, you will also need to complete the Additional Paternity Leave (APL) Form (PDF, 183kB).