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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) predominantly funds Chinese university students to study overseas for PhD degrees in the fields of science and technology, but will also consider disciplines in the humanities. CSC awards typically cover air fares and living costs for up to four years.

Cardiff University is offering a number of 3-year tuition fee scholarships to successful China Scholarship Council students who are not currently enrolled on a PhD programme.

Deadline for applications is 5 January 2021.

How to apply

This cycle of applications relates to start dates from October 2021. Applications should be made in accordance with CSC guidance.

There are four steps to applying.

1. Apply to Cardiff University and receive an offer to study for your chosen PhD:

Please complete the standard Cardiff University PhD application form. This will be used to assess an applicant's eligibility. However, please note the additional requirements listed below. We advise you apply in advance of the deadline. You can submit your evidence of your English Language proficiency after the application deadline.

In addition to the standard application form, applicants should also:

  • Attach an Academic CV. Further guidance on academic CVs can be found at vitae.ac.uk.
  • Ensure the Personal Statement (part of the University application form) provides a clear explanation of the research interest, preparation undertaken, and an understanding of the significance of the research. Further guidance can be found at vitae.ac.uk.
  • Select ‘No, I am not self-funding my research’ when prompted on the University application form.
  • When asked ‘Please give the name of funding you are applying for’, enter the ‘Cardiff University China Scholarship Council’.

2. The School will nominate applicants to the University to be considered for a tuition fee scholarship (up until 27 January 2021). To be nominated, you must have an offer of study, met the School selection criteria and met the English Language requirements.

3. If you are awarded and accept the tuition fee scholarship, you then need to apply to the CSC via the Cardiff University portal. This will open around March.

4. Cardiff University will then send a list of the nominees to CSC, who match this with applications received via the CSC Cardiff University portal. The CSC panel will award scholarships. The tuition fee scholarship is only valid if you also receive the CSC scholarship.

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

Doctoral Academy

Commonwealth Scholarship Programme

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

The application process for 2019 entry is now closed.

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for 2019 entry are available for students from low and middle-income commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK.

For further 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 queries and applications to the Commonwealth Association or the British Council within your home country.

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for 2019 entry are available for students from high-income countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK.

The application process for 2020 entry is now open. The deadline for applications is 28August 2019.

For further 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 queries and applications to the Commonwealth Association or the British Council within your home country.

If you’re from a low and middle-income country or high-income country and you would 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.