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President's PhD Scholarships at Imperial College London 2024

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

The President’s PhD Scholarships allow students to undertake a research project of their choosing with the support of an excellent supervisor, alongside cohort-building opportunities with other President's PhD Scholars.

About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom. Its founder, Prince Albert, envisioned an area composed of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Royal Albert Hall, and the Imperial Institute. The Imperial Institute was opened by Queen Victoria, his wife, who laid the foundation stone in 1887. In 1907, Imperial College London was formed by Royal Charter, and joined the University of London. The college left the University of London one hundred years later. Imperial has expanded its curriculum into medicine through merg... read more


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Imperial College London PhD Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Imperial College London PhD Scholarship

  • Complete funding of tuition fee
  • An annual stipend of £25,150 (2024–25 rate) to help with living expenses 
  • A £2,000 annual consumables fund for the first three years of study

Imperial College London PhD Scholarship Courses


Requirements for Imperial College London PhD Scholarship Qualification

  • Candidates must hold an undergraduate or integrated master's degree with a first class or equivalent, or be scheduled to acquire one if none has been attained.
  • Candidates must hold a stand-alone Master's degree with distinction, or in the event that they do not, they must be able to show proof of exceptional achievement that will result in that degree.
  • Candidates who have only completed one undergraduate degree or an integrated Master's degree are still required to have received a first class degree or its equivalent.
  • Talented applicants from Imperial College London, the UK, and other countries are welcome to apply. Nationality is not restricted, yet certain departments might not be able to assist candidates from other countries.
  • Only fresh Ph.D. applications are accepted for t


Application Deadline

January 8, 2024


How to Apply

Applications for this scholarship scheme will be considered at three points throughout the academic year – see 'When you'll hear' below.

Before you apply

  • You must have made contact with a supervisor in an academic department at Imperial College London who has agreed to supervise your research project.
  • Supervisors are limited to supervise one scholar at any time. Please review the President's PhD Scholarships - Unavailable Supervisors page for more information.

Application process

  • There isn't 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.

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

Additional admissions instructions

  1. For the 2024–25 academic year, the earliest start date for funded places is 1 August 2024, the latest start date is 1 November 2024.
  2. When prompted for a personal statement you must include a 2-page document:
    1. the first page should be 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)
    2. the second page should be 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 be people who can provide an academic reference in support of your application (e.g. your personal tutor or yopur thesis supervisor). You should not include your proposed PhD supervisor. You are encouraged to share this guidance 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 PhD Scholarship scheme, you must select this option in the funding section of the additional questions tab within the online application form.
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