University of Bristol PhD Scholarships

The University of Bristol PhD scholarship competition for 2019 entry is currently open for several faculties.

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.

Contact details for faculties
Faculty Application Deadline Email address Telephone number
Arts 12 noon on 11 February 2019 +44 (0) 117 928 8897
Engineering 12 noon on 1 March 2019 School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering:
School of Civil, Aerospace, and Mechanical Engineering:

+44 (0) 117 331 4753 or
+44 (0) 117 331 5232

Health Sciences Closed to new applications for 2018  +44 (0) 117 331 1676
Life Sciences Closed to new applications for 2019 +44 (0) 117 331 1599
Science Closed to new applications for 2019 +44 (0) 117 928 8126
Social Sciences and Law 29 January 2019 +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.


Students about to undertake postgraduate research study should read the University’s Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes. This includes the policy for maternity, paternity and adoption leave and the policy for medical absence.