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Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship for Research Excellence

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Our Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships for Research Excellence offer seven eligible applicants the opportunity to join our Doctoral Academy community for three years on a full-time basis.

Applications for the 2020 Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship for Research Excellence have now opened, with a closing date of Monday 1 June. Please note that in light of the current situation regarding COVID-19, we reserve the right to extend the deadline if appropriate.

Awards will be made to the highest quality candidates with the potential to become outstanding researchers. This will be demonstrated through your academic achievements, research preparedness and a clear understanding of the significance of your research area.


The Scholarship includes:

  • tuition fees
  • an annual stipend (in line with UKRI rates, updated annually and currently at £15,285 for 2020/21) for three years
  • your academic School will also contribute towards research costs.

The first quarterly stipend payment will be made available shortly after your course commences.

The awards are available to support applicants to our full-time PhD programmes (excluding clinical courses).

They cannot be awarded to students undertaking research on a part-time or distance-learning basis and are not available for any other types of research degree. Continued eligibility for the Scholarship is dependent on satisfactory academic progress.

Research areas

Scholarships are available in a selection of research areas with focus on sustainable development goals.

Participating Schools will publish a list of pre-defined projects and/or supervisors for applicants to apply to. Where supervisors are listed this allows applicant to propose their own research idea within the scope of the research theme.

School of Social Sciences

Social Sciences for the sustainable development goals. Influencing policy and shaping interventions.

School of Computer Sciences

Advancing Sustainable Development with Data, Security, and Human-Computer Interaction.

Cardiff Business School

Responsible and Sustainable Business in the Global South.

Welsh School of Architecture

Responsible and Sustainable Business Social and environmental sustainability in the built environment.

School of MedicineCancer prevention and control: Haematological malignancies 
School of MathematicsEmerging interdisciplinary applications of mathematical sciences
School of Physics and AstronomyAffordable and clean solar energy by semiconductor nanocrystals
School of EngineeringSustainable engineering

Applications received with research projects outside of the published areas will not be considered.

All available projects are searchable via our funding search page. Please search for the department of your interest and type “VC International Scholarship” in the keyword search box.

How to apply

You should apply for your chosen PhD programme (ideally commencing October 2020 or January 2021) via the University's online application form. It is advisable that you make contact with your potential School and supervisory team beforehand.

To be considered for the scholarship, you must fulfil eligibility, ensure you complete the University's application form and:

  • attach an academic CV (guidance on creating an effective CV)
  • ensure your personal statement gives a strong statement of your research interest, preparation and understanding of the research context and significance (guidance on writing a statement of academic research interest)
  • in the research section, when asked “Are you self-funding your research?”, select “No, I am not self-funding my research”
  • when asked “Please provide the name of the funding you are applying for”, insert “V-C’s International Scholarship for Research Excellence”.

If you have already submitted an application to the University, please contact your School’s postgraduate administrator/ admissions team to let them know you wish to be considered for the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship for Research Excellence.


To be eligible for the scholarship you must be a national of (or permanently domiciled in) a country in the ‘Least Developed’ or ‘Other Low Income’ categories on the 2020 OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.

You must also:

  • meet the entrance criteria for your chosen PhD programme
  • be liable to pay overseas tuition fees
  • not have been awarded another scholarship covering both tuition fees and stipend.

If you have either a tuition-fee only or stipend-only award, you are eligible to apply but you will not receive double-funding.

Eligible countries

AfghanistanDemocratic Republic of the CongoMadagascarSomalia
AngolaDjiboutiMalawiSouth Sudan
Burkina FasoGuineaNepalTokelau
Central African RepublicKiribatiSao Tome and PrincipeVanuatu
ChadLao People's Democratic RepublicSenegalYemen
ComorosLesothoSierra LeoneZambia
Democratic People's Republic of KoreaLiberiaSolomon IslandsZimbabwe

For more information, please check the full OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.

Selection process

After the deadline, each of our academic schools will nominate up to two applicants to a University panel. The School and University panel will review nominees based on:

  • their academic qualifications and achievements
  • their level of preparedness for the research programme, which may include their technical and/or research skills, their research and/or professional experience
  • their understanding of the research context for, and the significance of, their proposed or advertised project.

The panel will assess the School nomination form, the academic CV and personal statement. For eligibility purposes, nominees will be made an ‘offer of study’ (conditional or unconditional) at Cardiff University - this does not mean an ‘offer of funding’ has been made.

Candidates demonstrating the highest research potential will be selected for a Scholarship.


For more information about our Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships for Research Excellence please contact:

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