Scholarships for PhD and MSc by Research applicants

General application process

  1. Make contact with a potential supervisor or supervisors to gain their support in the application.
  2. With your potential supervisor’s advice, make your application
    1. If you do not have funding, you can be considered for scholarship opportunities
    2. Self-funded students currently receive £600 pa for research costs, and the School Research Committee will contribute towards the costs of presenting your research at conferences.
  3. Your nominated supervisor(s) and Director of Postgraduate Research Studies assess your online application. The assessment process is likely to include an interview.
  4. If successful, you will receive an offer letter from the Faculty of Science. This is not an offer of a scholarship.
  5. If you applied for a scholarship - and are eligible - you will be included in the selection process along with other candidates. We will notify you of the outcome.

Active scholarship opportunities

University of Bristol Alumni Scholarship Scheme

10% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for University of Bristol graduates.

Students must start the programme within 10 years of graduation and be progressing from the final year of an undergraduate programme or taught masters programme. Eligible programmes include PhD and MSc by Research.

Fee-waiver scholarships

Available for self-funded applicants starting in the academic year 2018/19 (September 2018 onwards).

Deadline: 2nd May 2018
Eligibility: UK and EU students - no tuition fees are payable (full fee waiver). International students - tuition fees reduced to £5,500 per annum.
Selection criteria: academic excellence, research potential, the research proposal, collaboration/impact/engagement, ambitions and innovation.

For further information about this Fee waiver, please contact:


Understanding Audiences of the Future – development and deployment of non-invasive measures of individual or collecting immersion

Deadline: 2018
Eligibility: EPSRC eligibility rules apply

Cotutelle MRes+PhD studentship

We are seeking applicants for a cotutelle MRes+PhD studentship to study the role of visual adaptation in the development and treatment of body size misperception. The project will involve research in the psychophysics laboratory, in virtual reality, and with healthy and clinical populations. The project will be jointly supervised by Dr Ian Stephen at Macquarie and Prof Ian Penton-Voak at the University of Bristol (UK), with additional supervision from A/Prof Kevin Brooks (MQ) and Dr Helen Bould (University of Bristol). The successful student will spend time at Macquarie University and the University of Bristol (at least 1 year in each location). The successful candidate will have, by the time of commencement:

- A good Honours degree in psychology or equivalent;

- Good knowledge of research methods;

- Good ability to interact with people, preferably including experience with clinical patients;

- Good computer skills, preferably including experience of programming;

- Research experience.

To apply, please send CV and cover letter to Dr Ian Stephen and Prof. Ian Penton-Voak


Optimised acquisition and coding for immersive formats based on visual scene analysis

Deadline: 2018
Eligibility: EPSRC eligibility rules apply

 Previous Scholarship opportunities

The Chinese Scholarship Council-University of Bristol Joint Scholarship Scheme

Twenty 4-year PhD scholarships per year, for an initial period of 5 years, with the first cohort registering in autumn 2017.

Eligibility: Chinese students already studying in the UK (or other countries). Chinese students attending their home universities.

Application process

  1. Candidates apply directly to Bristol 
  2. Complete a simple one-page form

ERC Fully-funded PhD studentship

Generalisation in Mind and Machine

Fully Funded PhD Studentship

Enhancing and consumer expectations of snack food to promote healthy dietary behaviour.

South West Doctoral Training Partnership (ESRC) scholarships

Eligibility: UK and EU students. EU students - scholarship only covers tuition fees.
Selection criteria: academic excellence, research potential, the research proposal, collaboration/impact/engagement, ambitions and innovation.

Most relevant pathways:

For further information about this studentship, please contact:

University of Bristol PhD Scholarships

Eligibility: Open to both home and international students
Selection criteria: academic excellence, research potential, the research proposal, collaboration/impact/engagement, ambitions and innovation.

EPSRC Fully- funded PhD Studentship

Visual perception and action research

Deadline: 29th June 2018
EPSRC eligibility rules apply

PhD Studentship

Infant and toddler portion size; a role for parents? To investigate the portion sizes being served by parents to weaning infants and to toddlers and to explore the psychological predictors of parents’ portion size choices for their child.

Deadline: 4th June 2018
Eligibility: Minimum UK Upper Second Class Honours or international equivalent in Psychology, Nutrition, Food Science or a cognate subject. MSc degree is desirable but not essential.

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