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.

Our three Colleges offer a number of scholarships providing tuition fee waivers for successful China Scholarship Council students.

Details of the 2017 CSC awards:

Applicants should apply for sponsorship in accordance with the CSC guidance.

To apply for a tuition fee waiver from our College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, applicants should email our Admissions Team the following information by the deadline of 31 January 2017:

  • curriculum vitae (CV)
  • 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).

Successful candidates will be asked to complete an official application in order to receive an unconditional offer letter from the University and confirmation that tuition fees will be waived on gaining CSC sponsorship.

Applicants should apply for sponsorship in accordance with the CSC guidance.

To apply for a tuition fee waiver from our College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, applicants should first identify an area of research that aligns with the College Research Themes and send the following information to bls@cardiff.ac.uk by the deadline of 31 January 2017:

  • curriculum vitae (CV)
  • 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).

Successful candidates will be asked to complete an official application in order to receive an unconditional offer letter from the University and confirmation that tuition fees will be waived on gaining CSC sponsorship.

Applicants should apply for sponsorship in accordance with the CSC guidance.

To apply for a tuition fee waiver from our College of Physical Sciences & Engineering, applicants should email our Admissions Team the following by the deadline of 31 January 2017:

  • curriculum vitae (CV)
  • 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)

Note: students studying in the School of Chemistry should follow the specific advice set out by the School.

Successful candidates will be asked to complete an official application in order to receive an unconditional offer letter from the University and confirmation that tuition fees will be waived on gaining CSC sponsorship.

Commonwealth Scholarship Programme

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

General Scholarships (developing countries)

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.

Please note that applications for 2017 are now closed.

Developed Commonwealth Scholarships

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 by 23:59 (GMT) on 21 March 2017.

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.

School of Chemistry applicants

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 we welcome 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 contact our Postgraduate Research Office:

Postgraduate Research Office - Chemistry