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Faculty of Science

Funding for Postgraduate Research

Faculty of Science Durham Doctoral Studentships and Chinese Scholarships (fee waiver) 2014

The Faculty of Science will be offering a number of 3.5 year studentships, entitled Durham Doctoral Studentships (DDSs), which will provide award-holders with

  • A maintenance grant matching that provided by students on RCUK funding (ie ~ £14k pa)
  • A fee-waiver at either the Home/EU or the International rate
  • Research expenses allowance (RTSG) up to £4k pa
The Faculty may also offer part awards (e.g. comprising only a fee-waiver) where other support is available (e.g. Chinese scholarship).
The number of awards will be limited and will only be made to outstanding candidates who can demonstrate very strong potential to perform at doctoral level.


Applicants must be applying to start a full-time PhD in the Faculty in October 2014. They must have fulfilled the University's requirements regarding English language ability and must not require a pre-sessional course as a condition of their place.

Application process


Applicants must complete the University's postgraduate online application form and state, in response to the question how they plan to fund their studies, that they wish to be considered for a Durham Doctoral Studentship or a Chinese scholarship (fee waiver provided by Faculty & maintance by the China Scholarship Council).


Departments should identify potential candidates and ensure that the documents required are obtained by the deadline. Departments are invited to submit to the Faculty not more than four candidates for consideration for DDS awards. Additionally they can identify up to four candidates for the CSC fee waiver. The following documents should be emailed to the Faculty Office (as a single combined pdf for each candidate) by the deadline specified:

  • CV
  • Two references for the candidate
  • Copies of academic certificates and/or transcripts
  • The completed application form
  • Evidence of English language ability, e.g. IELTS or TOEFL transcripts
  • A description of the proposed research project prepared by the candidate (no more than one side of A4)
  • A statement from the department (one side A4 maximum) specifying:

 The ranking of candidate in those put forward by the Dept/School;

 The level of support requested from the Faculty including the level of RTSG with a justification;

 Details of funding from elsewhere that will be used to support the candidate should they get the Faculty award (if necessary);

 A brief persuasive case for funding this candidate.


Application deadline for candidates to Departments - 10/02/2014

All nominations from Departments to Faculty Office - by 12.00 noon on 21/02/2014

Results announced - As soon as possible


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.