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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. 

Recruitment is open until 20 June for an Industry Partner Scholarship with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult:

Find out more about the ORE Catapult PhD Scholarship in Enhanced mixing of stratified waters by offshore wind infrastructure

Deadline: 20 June

New strategies for improving radiotherapy response in bowel cancer

This exciting project funded by Bowel Research UK will investigate the use of clinically relevant targeted therapies as potential novel radiotherapy sensitisers in low oxygen (hypoxia) in colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer accounts for over 10% of worldwide cancer diagnoses, with high incidence and mortality, and the presence of regions of hypoxia in tumours remain a clear obstacle in treatment for this disease.

Find out more about the new strategies for improving radiotherapy response in bowel cancer funded PhD.

Deadline: 2 July

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 2021 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.


Currently closed:

Team GB Competitors, Community, Climate
In an exciting development in this unique partnership, we are working with Team GB on three PhD projects..The three studies are about sustaining the future of individuals, society as a collective, and the environment These exciting and innovative PhD projects all uphold the values of Olympism, are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and will be integral to Team GB’s work on and commitment to three important themes of social impact, sustainability, and life beyond sport.
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., 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 ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership.

Sorry, applications for this scholarship are currently closed. Please check back for information on how to apply for Summer 2021.

Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Centre for Water Cultures: Pioneering the green-blue humanities

The University of Hull Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Centre for Water Cultures is an interdisciplinary research centre exploring humanity’s relationships with water in the green-blue regions of the world, past, present and future.

It pioneers a new, humanities-led, interdisciplinary and transhistorical research area – the green-blue humanities – and equips a new generation of PhD students to take this agenda forward and transform our understanding of humanity's relationships with water.

Applications are now closed but we will be recruiting for the next phase later on this year.

Find out more about the Centre for Water Cultures.

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.

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