PhD Scholarships

Postgraduate Research Scholarships

Our research impacts the world. Join us. Find out about our exciting funded PhD opportunities.

Our PhD scholarships span a variety of disciplines.

We have started to release details of funded PhD research projects available for 2024 entry.

Postgraduate research at the University of Hull

Now accepting applications

  • How do changing environmental conditions impact insect energy budgets?

    Open to UK applicants only.

    We are now inviting applications for a fully-funded, full time PhD studentship aimed at developing state-of-the-art predictions of how environmental variables affect the energy budgets and life histories of two key pollinators for UK crops – bumblebees and mason bees.

    Find out more about this scholarship.

    Application deadline: 1 March 2024

  • EPSRC iCASE Studentship on Assuring Large Language Models Through Knowledge Graph Infusion

    Open to UK applicants only.

    We are now inviting applications for a fully-funded, full time PhD studentship that aims to assure Large Language Models products and improve their performance using Neuro-Symbolic AI.

    Find out more about this scholarship.

    Application deadline: 20 March 2024

  • Investigating the Long-term Reintegration of People With Lived Experience of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

    This project is a collaboration between the University of Hull and The Salvation Army Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Department.

    Research questions the PhD researcher will develop are:

    1. What are the most important factors to ensure the positive reintegration of people who have experienced human trafficking and modern slavery back into their communities?
    2. What is the role of family in supporting the reintegration of people who have experienced human trafficking and modern slavery?
    3. What are the gaps and limitations in current support for those who have experienced human trafficking and modern slavery?

    Find out more about this scholarship.

    Application deadline: 25 March 2024

  • ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

    The ESRC WRDTP Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme is aimed at those in the immediate postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide an opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, their research and professional skills.

    Find out more about this fellowship.

    Application deadline: contact

Remember, applying for a scholarship is a bit like applying for a job: once you have applied to Hull your application will be assessed against specific criteria and, if you are shortlisted, you will be invited to an interview. Ensure you read the project description and eligibility criteria very carefully before you apply to see whether you have the skills, knowledge and experience required.

We strongly encourage you to contact the academics listed on the project pages if you have any questions. Applications to Hull are via our online application portal and links to apply are on the individual project web pages. You can apply for more than one scholarship opportunity across different clusters.

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  • 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.

  • EPSRC NERC Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

    We need the 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. Already providing over 10% of the UK’s electricity and growing at an unprecedented rate, by 2030 it is expected to provide over 30% of the UK’s energy needs.

    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.

    Applications are currently closed - we hope to be able to offer further scholarships for Sept 2024 entry.

    For more information about the Aura CDT please visit We hope to make updates about further recruitment rounds in the Autumn.

  • ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership

    Help us address some of society’s most pressing global challenges by devising your own Social Sciences research project. We are looking for talented postgraduate researchers to join us for a world-class start to their careers by undertaking a social science research degree at Hull, as part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP).

    Applications will be accepted from October 2024.

    Find out more.

  • 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.

    Recruitment is currently closed and applications are under review for September 2024 entry. Should we reopen recruitment, information will be updated on this page.

    Find out more about the centre.

  • NERC Panorama Doctoral Training Partnership in Environmental Science

    The University of Hull is a partner in the NERC Panorama Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), along with the University of Leeds and University of York.

    The Panorama DTP encompasses three broad theme ins: 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.

    Recruitment has now closed for September 2024 entry.

  • Sustainability and Olympic Legacy: Olympic Studies and Research Centre

    The Hull Centre for Sustainability and Olympic Legacy (HCSOL) is recognised by the International Olympic Committee as an official Olympic Studies and Research Centre. The HCSOL investigates how the Olympics can be more environmentally and socially sustainable, and is exploring how the Olympics can leave a lasting legacy and contribute to a positive future for people, society and the environment.

    Find out more about the Hull Centre for Sustainability and Olympic Legacy.

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Postgraduate Rebecca Humphries & Georgia Sykes walking by HUBS Wharfe Building
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