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PhD Scholarships

Without quality researchers, there can be no quality research.

This is why we invest into PhD scholarships and support you during every step of your research journey. Many of our projects are interdisciplinary and in collaboration with industry.

If you choose to carry out your postgraduate studies with us, you will become part of a vibrant, forward-thinking research community.

Register now to keep up to date about our scholarship rounds for 2021 and beyond.

EPSRC/NERC Aura Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

We need the world’s brightest minds to join us in developing solutions to the environmental and engineering challenges the offshore wind industry is facing. The UK has committed to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and clean energy produced by offshore wind will be a cornerstone in reaching this target.

The Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Offshore Wind and the Environment is led by the Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull with partners Durham, Newcastle and Sheffield Universities. Working closely with over 20 Industry partners, the Aura CDT invites high-quality applications for 4-year taught and research PhD scholarships. These funded PhD opportunities are for exceptional graduates from a range of STEM backgrounds and could unlock a career in this new and innovative industry.

We have funding for five cohorts of researchers beginning in September of each year. We have already recruited to Cohorts 1 and 2, beginning 2019 and 2020 respectively; further Cohorts will begin in September 2021, 2022 and 2023. When recruitment is open, further details will be published.

For more information, see

The Nerc Panorama Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in Environmental Science

The Nerc Panorama Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is encompasses three broad themes: Atmosphere and Climate, Earth Processes and the Living World. 

Panorama prepares the next generation of environmental science leaders for industrial, governmental, NGO and academic careers and provides exceptional training across the range of environmental science in world-class research teams through an innovative, exciting and multi-disciplinary programme.  The programme will equip students with the skills necessary to understand the complex interactions within the Earth system, so they can contribute to the development of scientific, policy and industrial solutions for the national and global scale problems we face in coming decades.

The Panorama DTP is a partnership between the University of Hull and the universities of Leeds and York. Recruitment is currently closed but for more information, visit the Panorama website:

ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership

The University of Hull is a member of the prestigious Economic and Social Research Council White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. We are now seeking talented students to join us for a world-class start to your research career by undertaking a funded social science Masters or PhD degree at Hull.

We are delighted to be part of this innovative Doctoral Training Partnership, which is a collaboration between the leading social science departments in the Universities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and York.

Funded and accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council, the partnership distributes funded PhD places to excellent students to train and nurture the next generation of world-class social science researchers with outstanding skills and potential.

Find out more about the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership and apply

Application deadline: 27 January 2021 

China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarships

The University of Hull has a long history of participating in the China Scholarship Council (CSC) schemes and we have a number of exceptional Chinese scholars undertaking ground-breaking research with us currently.

This scholarship is for candidates who are Chinese nationals and is available for PhD programmes in a variety of subject areas at the University of Hull.

Applications to study a full-time PhD starting in September 2020 are now open to Chinese PhD students in all subject fields.

Learn more about the CSC PhD Scholarships here.

Commonwealth Scholarships Scheme

The University of Hull has a long history of welcoming high quality scholars through the Commonwealth Scholarships PhD and Taught Masters schemes. We have a number of exceptional Commonwealth scholars undertaking ground-breaking research with us currently.

Many also choose to study through the Taught Masters scholarship programme and then return to take up a Commonwealth PhD scholarship.

Learn more about the Commonwealth Scholarships Scheme here.

Please note: Applications for this scheme are now closed, but will re-open again later in 2020.

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