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University of Essex Doctoral Scholarships 2018-19

Our University of Essex Doctoral Scholarships support talented PhD students to study at the University. These awards are available to students who can demonstrate an excellent academic background and the potential for future achievement. They are awarded for each year of study during the standard period of enrolment for your degree, subject to satisfactory progress.

The scholarship includes:

  • a full Home/EU fee waiver or equivalent fee discount for overseas students (£4,410 in 2018-19)
  • a doctoral stipend equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (£14,777 in 2018-19)
  • a training bursary of £250 per year
  • Proficio funding, which can be used to 'buy' advanced skills training


  • This award is available to UK, EU and international full-time PhD students;
  • Successful international applicants will need to fund the balance of the tuition fees;
  • Unless you are already on a 1+3 or Integrated PhD Programme at Essex, you must have applied for a full-time PhD or Professional Doctorate (not MPhil, Doctor of Medicine or Masters by Dissertation) at the University of Essex starting in October 2018;
  • Because of the nature of the funding, students on part-time programmes distance learning programmes and those commencing 1+3 or Integrated PhD programmes in 2018 are not eligible;
  • Receipt of the scholarships is subject to applicants firmly accepting the offer of study, registering as students of the University of Essex for the 2018-19 academic year, and meeting all conditions of our offer;
  • No alternative form of the scholarship is available and the award cannot be deferred to a later year from the one for which you are admitted;
  • Students on an existing Integrated PhD or 1+3 programme at Essex who will be entering the doctoral element of student in October 2018 are eligible to apply, but only if their first year programme has a standalone equivalent;
  • Applicants may only receive one award administered by the University of Essex. In the event that an applicant is already in receipt of another University award (including fee discounts such as the Alumni Loyalty Discount), the larger of the two awards will be kept and the other released;
  • Where a student applies for and is awarded a scholarship and subsequently obtains full external funding, the University will rescind the scholarship offer. Where partial external funding is obtained, the department may choose to continue, reduce or rescind the scholarship offer as it sees fit.


The departments participating in the University of Essex Doctoral Scholarship scheme for 2018 - 19 are:

  • East 15
  • Economics
  • Essex Business School
  • Government
  • History
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Law
  • Literature, Film and Theatre Studies
  • Philosophy and Art History
  • Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
  • Sociology

Faculty of Humanities

Three of the scholarships available across Humanities Disciplines are around the themes of embodiment, broadly defined, and the faculty particularly welcomes proposals which relate to any of the following themes: BAME experience; human-technology interfaces; and medicine and health. Proposals related to the theme of embodiment are welcome from students working in the disciplines of Law, History, Literature, Philosophy, Art History, Drama, Film Studies, and Creative Writing. Proposals that are situated across, or between, these disciplines are also welcome.

In addition, open studentships are available in the following areas:

  • School of Law – studentships are available for study in any of the School’s areas of expertise, including Human Rights, Commercial Law, and Public Law
  • Drama (Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre and Studies) – studentships are available within the subject area of Drama

For further enquiries, please contact the relative Department, or you can contact the Humanities Deputy Dean for Postgraduate Research and Education, Dr Matthew Grant

Full details

  • 2018-19

    University of Essex Doctoral Scholarships terms and conditions

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    Please read the full terms and conditions before applying for or accepting a scholarship or bursary. They contain important information about eligibility, how you'll receive your funding and whether this award can be combined with others or not.

If you're a current student looking for information about an award you received, see our terms and conditions for previous years.

How to apply

If you've applied for a full-time SeNSS studentship, CHASE studentship or the Essex Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarship and are starting your PhD in October 2018 -19 you'll automatically be considered for our Essex Doctoral Scholarship and don't need to complete a separate application form.

If you are starting a 1+3 or Integrated PhD programme in 2018, you will not be eligible for this award. However, if you are an existing Integrated PhD or 1+3 student at Essex who will be entering the doctoral element of study in October 2018, you may be eligible to apply for this award provided your first year programme has a standalone equivalent.

If you haven't applied for SeNSS or CHASE funding

If you have not applied for a SeNSS or CHASE studentship you should complete the Doctoral Scholarship online application form. Please note that if you have been offered a place on a three-year PhD and apply for the University of Essex Doctoral Scholarship, you will automatically be considered for the University of Essex Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarships.

The application form must be submitted by 27 May 2018

Extended deadlines

Please note the deadline for the following departments only has been extended to 17 June 2018:

  • Art History
  • History
  • Law
  • Literature, Film and Theatre Studies
  • Philosophy

After you apply

Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on:

  • academic ability - based on previous academic qualifications, normally a Masters degree with distinction or merit
  • research potential - based on the candidate's research proposal submitted with their application, as well as their statement on the scholarship application form
  • professional development potential - based on the candidate's skills, aptitudes and potential to support their department's undergraduate teaching or research activities

Acceptance of the scholarship constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions. A scholarship will not commence until the student formally registers on a relevant programme at the University of Essex.

If your application has been successful then you'll be notified by early July by our Funding Team. If you have any queries please email