PhD Research Scholarships

If you are looking to study on a Doctoral programme, funding is available from both the University and external organisations.

China Scholarship Council

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) funds Chinese university students to study overseas for PhD degrees in the fields of science and technology. CSC awards typically cover air fares and living costs for up to four years.

We are offering a minimum of ten scholarships providing tuition fee waivers for successful China Scholarship Council students.

Please note that applications for 2017 are now closed.

Application process

In order to apply you will need to make an application via our online application system (SIMS) for an October 2018 start date. Applicants should apply for sponsorship in accordance with the CSC guidance.

Your application must include:

  • a copy of your CV
  • two references, signed and dated within the last 6 months
  • brief description of the proposed research project
  • details of any research publications (if appropriate)
  • the name of your proposed supervisor (if you have already discussed a proposal with a member of staff)
  • evidence that you fulfil our English Language criteria of IELTS 6.5 overall and 5.5 in each sub-score, or equivalent.

This will ensure that we will be able to release an unconditional offer to you, which is required to apply for the funding.

Please state on the application:

  • that you wish to be considered for China Scholarship Council funding
  • the area of PhD research that you wish to be considered for.

If you have any queries about the China Scholarship Council fund, please get in touch:

International Office

Commonwealth Scholarship Programme

Commonwealth Scholarships are a joint initiative between the UK government-funded Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and UK universities.

Please note that applications for 2017 are now closed.

General Scholarships are available for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK.

For further information, please see visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

How to apply

To apply, please submit an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission using their Electronic Application System before the deadline.

Please note that Cardiff University does not administer these scholarships, so please direct all eligibility enquiries and applications to the Commonwealth Association or the British Council within your home country.

Developed Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD and split-site PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developed Commonwealth countries (Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, and New Zealand).

These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), with the aim of supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth. For more information, please visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

How to apply

To apply, please submit an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission using their Electronic Application System before the deadline.

Please note that Cardiff University does not administer these scholarships, so please direct all eligibility enquiries and applications to the Commonwealth Association or the British Council within your home country.

If you’d like to apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship to fund your PhD study within the School of Chemistry, please state on your Cardiff University application that you would also like apply for this Scholarship.

Please also state on your application the area of PhD research that you wish to be considered for. View a list of current Chemistry PhD projects.

Please note that the School of Chemistry welcomes receiving your PhD application at any time, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you apply for the Commonwealth Scholarship within their deadlines.

The decision on whether we are able to release an offer of PhD study to you, in order to apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship, will be based on academic ability, suitability for study for a Chemistry PhD and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission providing a bench fee for your research project.

If you receive an offer of PhD study, it does not mean that you will be successful for Commonwealth Scholarship funding.

If you have any questions, please email the School of Chemistry Postgraduate Research Office.