Studentships and scholarships


Studentships (UK/EU)


The School usually receives a yearly allocation of:

  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) for Particle Physics and Astrophysics PhD projects;
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) DTPs for all other Physics-based PhD projects.

To be eligible for such a studentship, an applicant must meet the entry requirements for the PhD Physics programme and the eligiblity criteria for EPSRC or STFC awards.

The studentships are awarded to suitably qualified eligible students on a competitive basis and cover the tuition fee and living expenses for a PhD student for up to 3.5 years.

We also receive a number of CASE awards to facilitate collaborative research with an industrial partner or a government laboratory.

Members of the Physics School offer individual studentships attached to particular grants from UK or EU Research Councils. These studentships are advertised on our postgraduate research opportunities page as and when they are available. 

 Overseas and self-funded students

We accept a wide range of government scholarships from all over the world and you should apply for these independently from your home country and not through the University.

Self funded: We also welcome well-qualified self-funded students who can cover the appropriate tuition fees and have enough funding to cover living costs in Bristol. Note that tuition fees are subject to a slight increase on an annual basis.

School of Physics Scholarships: We anticipate awarding a small number of studentships for a September 2019 start. These will be fully funded studentships to outstanding overseas candidates.  These are generously funded by the Sir Frederick Charles Frank Endowment, and the Geoffrey Fertel Fund.

China Scholarship Council funding: The University is accepting applications for the China Scholarship Council for students starting September 2018 - see the CSC information page for details and deadlines.

MSc by Research funding

The School does not currently have any funding available to support MSc by Research students.

Fee status

Will I be eligible to pay Home or Overseas fees? To determine your tuition fee status please see our guidance on fees and funding.

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