Bristol Postgraduate Research Scholarships 2024

We welcome applications for full scholarships to postgraduate research programmes starting in 2024.

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Studying a research degree shouldn't be determined by your background or financial status, but we recognise that many capable future researchers are deterred because of funding. Our scholarships provide the same level of funding as the major Research Councils, which include full fee funding and a stipend to cover living costs. The stipend changes each year in line with national recommendations. For 2023-24 this is £18,622 annually for full-time study.

The Bristol Postgraduate Research Scholarships are available across all faculties.

How do I apply?

First, explore your study options by visiting our faculty webpages. You can talk to staff within your subject area, discover relevant research groups and learn more about eligibility. 

Each faculty has its own application process, some require a personal statement. Details of how to apply are on the scholarship page links below. Please note that faculty application deadlines vary between 1 December 2023 - 27 February 2024, so we recommend early preparation. 

The scholarships are for full-time study, but some faculties such as Arts, also welcome applications for part-time study.

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Life Sciences

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Supervisor search

We recommend contacting a prospective supervisor in advance of applying. Use our database to search experts by their research interest.

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Submit your application

Once you have found your programme you can either select 'Apply now' on the programme's webpage or go straight to the online application portal using the link below. 

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PhD scholarships for Black heritage applicants

Full scholarships available to UK-domiciled Black heritage applicants for study in the faculties of Arts, Social Sciences and Law, and Life Sciences.

Research degrees explained

Learn more about studying a research-level degree, from part-time and distance study options to the role of a supervisor.

Explore our Research

Turning world-leading research into world-changing results. Discover a strong research community, innovative culture and collaborative environment. 

Awal's experience

“I have received excellent support from my supervisor. I have been able to publish a number of peer-reviewed papers in some high-impact scientific journals as a result of this support.”

Awal Fuseini, Bristol Veterinary School, PhD Veterinary Sciences (Animal Welfare)

Further Information

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. 

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