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Faculty of Science

Funding for Postgraduate Research

Faculty of Science Durham Doctoral Studentships and Chinese Scholarships (fee waiver) 2017

The Faculty of Science will be offering a number of 3.5 year studentships, entitled Durham Doctoral Studentships (DDSs), and part awards: the Chinese scholarship.


St Cuthbert's Society Postgraduate Research Grants

St Cuthbert’s Society recognises that postgraduate students increasingly need financial support for conferences and research trips, so a fund has been established to encourage and support such activities. We hope over time to increase the value of the fund with help from alumni.


Singapore National Science Scholarships (open to students from Singapore)

Sponsored by the Singapore Agency for Science Technology and Research, these scholarships are for PhD studies, and include a generous package of support. See for further details.

Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation (for Indian students)

The ISF funds PhD study for two years. Further details are available here.

The Gen Foundation

The Gen Foundation supports students conducting research in certain areas of biological and chemical sciences. Further details are available here.

Croucher Foundation (open to students from Hong Kong)

The Croucher Foundation provides support for Hong Kong students wishing to study for a PhD. Further details are available here.

AXA Research Fund

The AXA fund provides support for PhD students. Applicants have to be proposed by Durham in the first instance. Further details are available here.

The Beit Trust (open to students from Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe)

Further details are available here.

Canon Collins Trust (open to students from southern Africa)

Further details are available here.

CONACYT (open to students from Mexico)

Further details are available here.

Lanekassen (Norway)

Further details are available here.

Islamic Development Bank - Merit Scholarship Programme for High Technology (MSP)

The objective of this programme is to develop technically qualified human resources in the IDB member countries by providing scholarships to promising and outstanding scholars and researchers to undertake advanced studies and research in the fields of applied science and technology needed for the development of the member countries. The programme offers 3-year PhD scholarships, and also 6-12 months post-doctoral research grants. Further details are available here.

Fullbright Scholarships

The US-UK Fulbright Commission promotes peace and cultural understanding through educational exchange. Awards are available for up to a year of PhD study by US students at Durham. Further details are available here.

Funds for PhD Placements Programme

Newton Bhabha PhD Placements Programme

The programme will sponsor UK and Indian PhD students to spend a period of their study (3 to 6 months) in Indian and UK higher education institutions taking place between January 2016 and October 2016.

The Programme is envisaged to:

1) Develop individual capacity through international training and development opportunities.

2) Increase the number of highly trained researchers in the UK and India with international experience, able to contribute to the absorptive capacity for research and innovation and thus bring about economic and social benefits.

3) Build cultural understanding, and foster long-term sustainable research collaborations.

4) Develop international joint training pathways.

5) Increase awareness of the research strengths of the UK and India.

Please note:

Deadline for receipt of applications – Friday 31st July 2015

Selection results announced – by mid October 2015

Placements to take place – between January – October 2016


Opportunity for doctoral students of the Science Faculty