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Doctoral awards worth £4 million

As a renowned world-class institution, Royal Holloway is committed to supporting and developing the next generation of researchers. 

We recognise that funding is often an obstacle for talented students, and for this reason we have Royal Holloway scholarships worth £4 million available to research students. College scholarship funding is often used to help more students participate in UK Research Council (RCUK) or other schemes, in which case there is a single scholarship application process.  The College also jointly funds scholarships with external partners.

To find out about the College Scholarships available in your discipline, the application process and deadlines please consult the web pages of the relevant Department or its Director of Graduate Studies.

What is a College scholarship?

The following types of College Scholarship are available.  They are usually awarded for three years for a full-time student and five or six years pro-rata for a part-time student:

• Fee waiver and maintenance awards (sometimes known as Reid scholarships) for which the maintenance level for 16/17 is £16,296 per annum

• A financial contribution towards either fees or maintenance

• A fee waiver (either HEU or overseas).

Students in receipt of a College Scholarship over £10,000 per annum may be expected to assist with teaching or other academic duties for up to six hours per week during term-time.

Leverhulme Magna Carta Scholarships

The College offers approximately eight scholarships per annum for multidisciplinary projects exploring the current and future impact of digital technologies on security, personal freedom and political debates about freedom.  Further information can be found on the Leverhulme Magna Carta page.

Research Councils

In addition we offer a host of awards from the major UK Research Councils. A list of Research Councils and how to apply can be found on the Research Councils page. In the Arts & Social Sciences Faculty, and the Management and Economics Faculty, College Research scholarships are awarded through the same application process as AHRC  and ESRC scholarships. There is more information on the AHRC TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership page and the ESRC DTC page.

Choral and Organ and Sports Scholarships

These are open to postgraduate students.  See the Choir of Royal Holloway's or the Sports Scholarships web pages for more information.

External funding

The Student Finance and Funding team can help you look for outside funding from charities / organisations that distribute money to students depending on their individual need and circumstances.

We recommend you look for funding around six to nine months before the start of your course to ensure you have enough time to apply and receive responses / funds (where accepted).

Find out more about external sources of funding.

Funding international researchers 

We cooperate with a growing number of international organisations to offer joint scholarships to talented  overseas MPhil/PhD students. Our international research partners include the Chevening Secretariat, the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the Indonesia-UK DIKTI Scholarship Programme,  FIDERH Banco de México and the SAID Foundation

For the academic year 2017/18, we are delighted to continue our collaboration with the Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC) to offer four Joint Royal Holloway-HEC PhD Scholarships in a wide range of academic disciplines represented at the university. Each scholarship will last for three years and will consist of a tuition fee waiver provided by Royal Holloway, and an annual maintenance allowance of £9,000 and provision of a return flight to and from the UK provided on the part of the Pakistan Higher Education Commission.

Applications for the Joint Royal Holloway-HEC PhD Scholarship are made directly to the Higher Education Commission.

For further details about the scheme, please see the relevant pages on the Pakistan Higher Education Commission website; for guidance on submitting a PhD application to Royal Holloway, please refer to our Research degree pages.   

We are constantly working to secure new funding streams for international MPhil/ PhD research at Royal Holloway. Keep visiting these pages for updates on new opportunities.  


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