University of Bristol Postgraduate Research Scholarships

Funded 4-year PhD Scholarships

Closed for applications. We will be advertising again in October 2023 for scholarships to start in 2024.

The University of Bristol is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we welcome and encourage applications from all sections of the community. We are keen to recruit enthusiastic applicants from a wide range of training backgrounds who are interested in a career in health sciences. As a faculty we offer cutting-edge multi-disciplinary training opportunities in medical, veterinary and dental sciences and health education.

What we offer

  • A 4-year PhD studentship with a range of research training opportunities, including short courses in research, statistical, computational and generic skills
  • A tax-free stipend equivalent to UKRI rates (this applies to the stipend only, at the "outside London" level)
  • £2,000/year research costs
  • Waiver of tuition fees for both UK and non-UK students

IMPORTANT: Relocation costs, visa costs and NHS health surcharge are not funded, so non-UK applicants should ensure they are able to cover these costs before applying. Please note that depending on your circumstances these costs can be significant (in excess of £10,000). The current rates of visa costs and NHS health surcharges can be checked at and

PhD projects

Please search the FHS PhD project database. (Projects will be listed from 1st October 2022, but may continue to be added until the end of November, so please check the list again before submitting your application). Only projects listed on this database are eligible for this funding scheme.

You are encouraged to contact supervisors of projects you are interested in to discuss further and select up to three projects to ensure you have other options if your first choice is taken.

How to apply

APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED FOR FUNDED PHD SCHOLARSHIPS. If you have access to your own funding you are welcome to contact supervisors to see if their project is still available.

Please search our PhD project database to identify projects that you are interested in. At the bottom of each project page is a link to the online application system, with information on which programme is relevant to that project. Applications must be submitted by 23:59 GMT on 5th December 2022.

We strongly encourage you to contact supervisors for more information on their projects to ensure you are happy with your selection.

An online application workshop was held on 7th November 2022 to offer advice and answer questions on the application process. If you are interested in viewing a recording, please request access here: Eventbrite registration

Research statement: Please provide a research statement that indicates your research interests, motivations and what skills you would expect to develop. Please describe any contact you have had with supervisors (or if you have been unable to speak with them). Maximum 1 A4 page, 11pt Arial font.

Alternative project choices: It is possible that your first choice project will be offered to someone else, so you are encouraged to list up to three PhD projects from the link above using the option to upload an 'additional admissions document'.

Personal statement: Please provide a personal statement that describes your training and experience so far, your motivation for doing a PhD, your motivations for applying to the University of Bristol, and why you think we should select you. We are keen to support applicants from minority and under-represented backgrounds (based on protected characteristics) and those who have experienced other challenges or disadvantages. We encourage you to use your personal statement to ensure we can take these factors into account. Maximum 1 A4 page, 11pt Arial font.

The instructions above override any conflicting information within our admission guidelines. Please use 'additional admissions documents' if required to upload any additional documents. We are expecting a CV, transcripts, certificates, references, a research statement and a personal statement. Each statement should not exceed 1 side of A4, 11pt Arial font.

Please state the project title clearly on your application. Do not change any of the words. Although the online application prompts you for a research proposal please only attach the research statement in this space. The research statement should describe any research experience you have and your research interests. 

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