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Apply for The President's Ph.D. Scholarships to study at Imperial College, London 2020

Brief Description

The President's Ph.D. Scholarships to study at Imperial College, London offer an outstanding opportunity for potential Ph.D. students.


Applications for 2020 now open

Information for staff involved in the shortlisting and selection process

2020-21 academic year

If you are a high performing undergraduate or Master's student and have a strong desire to undertake a PhD programme at a world-class research institution, you could be selected to receive full tuition fees and a generous stipend for a PhD place at Imperial College London. The President’s PhD Scholarships aims to provide up to 50 research students with great potential the opportunity to work within their chosen research field with the support of an excellent supervisor.

Opportunities for PhD funding via this scheme are extremely competitive, with higher than usual eligibility requirements. Applicants should be confident that they are able to demonstrate outstanding academic performance before applying for this scholarship scheme. Previous successful recipients of the scholarship have ranked highly in their class, often achieving grades of 85% or higher in their degree(s).

The earliest start date for funded places is 1 August 2020, the latest start date is 1 November 2020.


Successful candidates will receive the following financial support for up to 3.5 years:

• Full funding for tuition fees 

• A stipend of £21,400 per annum to assist with living costs 

• A consumables fund of £2,000 per annum for the first 3 years of study

• A programme of bespoke opportunities and events delivered by the Graduate School

info on PhD scholarship


1 Applications are accepted from talented candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide. There are no restrictions on nationality. 

2 Candidates must be among the highest achievers in their undergraduate cohort, and in receipt of, or due to receive a first class UK degree or equivalent. 

3 Candidates with a standalone Master’s qualification must have achieved a distinction or, where this has yet to have been achieved, be able to provide evidence of high performance that will lead to a distinction. They must also hold a first class UK undergraduate degree or equivalent (integrated Masters that form part of an undergraduate degree, e.g. MEng, MSci, M.Math, are assessed by Admissions as an undergraduate qualification when determining eligibility). Candidates with multiple standalone Master’s qualifications must have achieved a distinction in the one most relevant to their PhD study.

4 Candidates with degrees from overseas institutions are strongly urged to determine if their scores/grades are equivalent to the relevant eligibility criteria. 

5 Prior to applying candidates must have made contact with a supervisor in an academic department at Imperial College London who has agreed to supervise their research project. Please note that supervisors are limited to supervise one scholar at any time. Please review the President's PhD Scholarships - Unavailable Supervisors page for more information. Please note: current registered Imperial PhD students are not eligible to be considered for a President's PhD Scholarship. The scheme is only open to new PhD applications.

Deadline is 1 November 2020

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