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Scholarship Opportunities for Outstanding Students

Chancellor's International Scholarships for outstanding students - available to overseas applicants.

Each year the Department of Chemistry accepts several students of exceptional quality onto fully funded scholarships in all areas of chemistry. All applications are carefully considered, but this is a competitive scholarship designed to attract the best. Your application and references will need to be exceptional.

If awarded a scholarship you will

  • pay no fees and will receive a stipend for 3.5 years of study
  • work in an environment where excellence, hard work and performance are recognised
  • produce excellent research leading towards a PhD from one of the UKs foremost scientific institutions

What are we looking for?

  • You will normally be in the top 10% or better of your year group in your current or previous institution
  • You will have qualifications equivalent to a UK 1st class degree or above (ie. higher degrees or further indication of research/scientific performance)
  • You will also probably be an award winner, and will have won prizes for your course, or performance in other scientific activities.
  • You will have been recognised as a top-level performer throughout your studies.
  • You will have exceptional references from recognised practitioners in academia, industry or both.
  • You may have already secured competitive scholarships, or won recognition at a regional or national level
  • You may have papers published in international journals, or in review.

What do you need to do?

In summary, you need to apply for a PhD place in the standard way and at the same time apply online for the scholarship. There is one round each year.

In detail:

  1. Study our research activities and get in touch by email with members of faculty that you are interested in working with.
  2. As soon as you can, make an application for standard PhD entry using our on-line application form at In your application please state (in 'additional information'): (i) Your intention to apply for a Chancellors International Scholarship; (ii) a short statement of your research interests - these may be related to a project that you have dicussed with the member of faculty; (iii) a short statement explaining why we should consider you for a scholarship (see "what we are looking for" above). The information is entered directly into the application form when you apply for a scholarship.
  3. Apply for the scholarship

Best of luck with your application.