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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) 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.

Cardiff University is offering a number of scholarships providing tuition fee waivers for successful China Scholarship Council students.

The application process for 2019 entry is now closed.

How to apply

To be considered for CSC funding, please complete the standard Cardiff University PhD application form. This cycle of applications relates to start dates from October 2019.

Applications should be made in accordance with CSC guidance.

The standard Cardiff University PhD application form will be used to assess an applicant’s eligibility. However, please note the additional requirements listed below.

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

  • Attach an Academic CV. Further guidance on academic CVs can be found at
  • 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
  • Select ‘I will be applying for a scholarship/grant’ when prompted on the University application form.
  • When asked ‘Please give the name of the individual or organisation to whom you are applying’, the following statement can be copied ‘I wish to be considered for China Scholarship Council funding’.

An offer of a place on a PhD programme, and a fee waiver from Cardiff University is required to apply for CSC funding.

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.

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.

The 2019 Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for students from high-income countries are currently under review and more information will be available from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission soon.

For further information, please visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

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.