Note: This scholarship will not be running next academic year (2023/24)

Zutshi-Smith Scholarship

This scholarship covers the cost for an Indian student to do a PhD course.

The Zutshi-Smith Scholarship is available for up to four years of study in all disciplines. It covers:

  • all University of Bristol tuition fees
  • an annual living stipend in line with UKRI funding levels (£15,609 in 2021/22)
  • one return flight to/from India
  • an allowance for research costs

Accommodation can be provided at the University's Wills Hall in the first year of study only. If this option is taken, the living stipend in the first year will be reduced to cover the Hall fees. 


You can apply if you:

  • have received an offer from the University of Bristol to study for a PhD course
  • are ordinarily resident in India, and preference will be given to applicants of Kashmiri origin
  • applications are welcome from students in all disciplines currently represented at the University of Bristol 
  • applicants may also be current students.

How to apply

Indicate on your programme application form that you want to be considered for funding, including this scholarship. Your programme lead will then complete a nomination form to put you forward for this scholarship.

Information about the application cycle for 2024/25 entrants will be updated in autumn 2023.


The Zutshi-Smith scholarship usually runs once every two years. It will not be running in 2023/24, but it is expected to run in the 2024/25 academic year. 

Information about the application cycle for 2024/25 entrants will be updated in autumn 2023.

Assessment process

Faculty postgraduate research directors will shortlist their top three candidates and send them to the Student Funding Office. The successful candidate will be selected by the Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and two other colleagues.

Only one application per applicant is permitted and the Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Further details

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