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Imperial College London PhD Scholarships 2023/2024

Applications are open for interested and suitably qualified candidates for the Imperial College London Ph.D. Scholarships 2023. The entire application details for the Imperial College London Ph.D. Scholarships can be accessed below.


Imperial College London Ph.D. Scholarships

Scholarships Opportunities 2023 Applications are now open!

If you are a high-performing undergraduate or Master’s student and have a strong desire to undertake a Ph.D. programme at a world-class research institution, a President’s Ph.D. The scholarship could provide you with the outstanding opportunity to receive full funding for tuition fees and a generous stipend for a 3.5-year Ph.D. place at Imperial College London.

Degree Level:

Fully Funded Ph.D. Scholarships at Imperial College London UK 2023-2024 is available to undertake Ph.D. level programs at Imperial College London.

Available Subjects:


The following subjects are available to study under this scholarship program.

  • All Subjects

Scholarship Benefits:

Each of the 50 scholarships available provides the following support during the 3.5 years of study:

  • Full funding for tuition fees
  • A stipend of £22,900 (2023-24 rate) per annum to assist with living costs
  • A consumables fund of £2,000 per annum for the first 3 years of study
  • A programme of bespoke opportunities and events delivered by the Graduate School

You will also have access to the full range of support available to postgraduates at Imperial, including tailored support for disabled and international students, and the wider Graduate School programme of professional skills courses.

Eligible Nationalities:

This competitive scheme has higher than usual eligibility requirements (see eligibility criteria below), attracting candidates that show excellent academic performance and promising research potential. We accept applications from talented candidates from Imperial College London, the UK, and worldwide. There are no restrictions on nationality.

Both full-time and part-time study on the scholarship is available.

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We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and nationalities, as we recognize that diversity not only benefits Imperial but also helps the sector to better represent the communities that we serve.

Eligibility Criteria: Academic criteria 

  1. Candidates must be in receipt of, or due to receive, a first-class or equivalent in an undergraduate or integrated master’s degree; and/or
  2. Candidates with a standalone Master’s qualification must have achieved a distinction or, where this has yet to have been achieved, be able to provide evidence of high performance that will lead to a distinction.

Candidates with degrees from overseas institutions should check with the relevant Admissions team if their scores/grades are equivalent to the scholarship entry criteria.

Other criteria

  1. Applications are accepted from talented candidates from Imperial College London, the UK, and worldwide. There are no restrictions on nationality, although some departments may be unable to support international candidates.
  2. The scheme is only open to new Ph.D. applications. Current registered Imperial Ph.D. students are not eligible to be considered for a President’s Ph.D. Scholarship.

How to Apply

Interested applicants, Should CLICK HERE to apply

The President’s Ph.D. Scholarships provide a generous financial package and bespoke support for Ph.D. students. The President’s Ph.D. The scholarship scheme considers applications at three points across the academic year (see ‘Timing’). Prior to applying you must have made contact with a supervisor in an academic department at Imperial College London who has agreed to supervise your research project. Please note that supervisors are limited to supervising one scholar at any time. Please review the President’s Ph.D. Scholarships – Unavailable Supervisors page for more information.

There is no specific scholarship application form.  You should submit your application for admission to study at Imperial through our online admissions system and your department will put you forward for the scholarship based on academic merit and potential.

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Scholarship-specific instructions for the admissions process are below; you must also meet any additional application requirements stated by your department of choice.

Scholarship-specific admissions instructions

  1. For the 2023-24 academic year, the earliest start date for funded places is 1 August 2023, the latest start date is 1 November 2023.
  2. When prompted for a personal statement you must include a 2-page document, the first page a personal statement (motivations for applying to Imperial and the scholarship, and any other supporting information not included elsewhere on the form that you feel will enhance your application), and the second your research proposal. You may submit updated versions of this statement if required following application submission if your department shortlists you for the scholarship. You are encouraged to write in the first person.
  3. When prompted for the names of two academic referees, these should not include your proposed Ph.D. supervisor. You are encouraged to share this guide with your two referees, noting, in particular, the recommendation to use ‘they/them’ language (rather than gender pronouns).
  4. To be considered for the President’s Ph.D. For the scholarship scheme, you must select this option in the funding section of the additional questions tab within the online application form.

50 scholarship places are available. Applications will be reviewed by a two-stage process:

  1. Candidates meeting or predicted to meet the eligibility criteria will be reviewed by the Department to which they have applied. Departments will select a shortlist of candidates to present to the College Selection Panel for consideration.
  2. The final decision will be made by the College Selection Panel. The members of the panel are the Vice-Provost (Research), the Director of the Graduate School, and the Faculty Vice-Deans for Research. Imperial recognizes excellence in all our Faculties and as such allows some offers to be made at the Faculty level:
    1. A Faculty allocation stage will score and rank candidates in Departmental shortlists, making initial offers to the most promising candidates. Faculty Vice Deans present these candidates with justification for offers at the College Selection Panel.
    2. The College Selection Panel makes additional offers from a ring-fenced allocation to candidates that meet widening participation or other strategic alignment goals.
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Candidates are assessed by the Faculties and College Selection Panel against the following criteria:

  1. Academic excellence – as demonstrated by past academic results and by transcripts, relative class position, awards, and distinctions.
  2. Research Potential – as demonstrated by the candidate’s research experience to date, their interest in discovery, the research plan, and its potential contribution as described in their research proposal and the departmental statement, which also reflects on performance at the interview.

Successful candidates will receive written confirmation of their scholarship. Any offer of a Ph.D. place will be conditional on the candidate receiving the predicted qualifications.

Applicants not selected for the scholarship will automatically be considered for a standard Ph.D.

Applications put forward for this scholarship scheme will be considered at three points throughout the academic year.

  1. Applicants who apply before 4 November 2022 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 23 January 2023.
  2. Applicants who apply before 6 January 2023 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 20 March 2023.
  3. Applicants who apply before 3 March 2023 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 22 May 2023.