Study-In-UK: 2024 Imperial College President’s PhD Scholarships For International Students

The Imperial College President’s PhD Scholarships aspire to offer up to 50 exceptionally promising research students the chance to delve into their preferred research areas with the guidance of outstanding supervisors. If you are a high-achieving undergraduate or Master’s student with a strong aspiration to pursue a PhD program at a globally renowned research institution, you may have the opportunity to secure full tuition coverage and a generous stipend for your doctoral studies at Imperial College London.

Please note that the competition for PhD funding through this program is notably fierce, with eligibility criteria that are more stringent than usual.

Scholarship Summary for 2024 Imperial College President’s PhD Scholarships For International Students

  • Host Country: United Kingdom (UK)
  • Study Abroad: Study in UK
  • Eligible Countries: All Countries
  • Reward: Full Scholarship | £25,150  per annum |
  • No IELTS Required
  • Deadline: Not Specified

Scholarship Details for 2024 Imperial College President’s PhD Scholarships For International Students

Imperial College London is a globally recognized institution, consistently ranked in the top ten universities worldwide for its outstanding achievements in both teaching and research. Distinguished as one of the world’s premier universities, Imperial is dedicated to nurturing the future generation of researchers, scientists, and academics through cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Situated in the vibrant heart of London, Imperial serves as a multifaceted hub for education, research, innovation, and commercialization, leveraging the power of science and innovation to address global challenges

Scholarship Requirements for 2024 Imperial College President’s PhD Scholarships For International Students

In order to qualify for the scholarship:

  1. Applications are welcome from talented candidates irrespective of their nationality, including those from Imperial College London, the UK, and around the world.
  2. Candidates must rank among the top performers in their undergraduate class and either already possess or are on track to attain a first-class UK degree or its equivalent.
  3. For candidates holding a standalone Master’s degree, it is imperative to have earned a distinction, or if this distinction is pending, to provide evidence of exceptional performance that will likely lead to a distinction. Additionally, a first-class UK undergraduate degree or its equivalent is required. Integrated Master’s degrees that are part of an undergraduate program, such as MEng, MSci, M.Math, will be assessed as an undergraduate qualification when determining eligibility. For candidates with multiple standalone Master’s qualifications, achieving a distinction in the one most relevant to their PhD study is essential.
  4. Candidates who have obtained degrees from international institutions are strongly encouraged to ascertain whether their scores/grades align with the relevant eligibility criteria.
  5. Before applying, candidates must establish contact with an academic supervisor within an Imperial College London department who has agreed to oversee their research project. It is important to note that each supervisor can only mentor one scholar at a time. For more information, please refer to the President’s PhD Scholarships Supervisors page. Please be aware that current registered Imperial PhD students are ineligible for consideration under the President’s PhD Scholarship program, which is exclusively open to new PhD applicants.

Scholarship Duration and Reward

Each of the 50 scholarships offered provides the following support throughout the 3.5 years of the study:

  • Full funding for tuition fees
  • A stipend of £25,150 (2024-25 rate) per annum to assist with living costs
  • A consumables fund of £2,000 per annum for the first 3 years of study
  • programme of bespoke opportunities and events delivered by the Graduate School

You will also gain access to the complete spectrum of support services accessible to postgraduate students at Imperial, including customized assistance for disabled and international students, as well as the comprehensive Graduate School program offering professional skills courses.

Additional admissions instructions

  1. For the academic year 2024–25, the funded places for the President’s PhD Scholarship program have a start date range from 1 August 2024 (earliest) to 1 November 2024 (latest).
  2. When prompted to provide a personal statement, you should prepare a 2-page document as follows:
    • The first page should be a personal statement detailing your motivations for applying to Imperial, your interest in the scholarship, and any additional supporting information that you believe will strengthen your application.
    • The second page should contain your research proposal. If necessary, you may submit updated versions of this statement after submitting your application, especially if your department shortlists you for the scholarship. It is recommended to write in the first person.
  3. When asked for the names of two academic referees, these should be individuals capable of providing academic references in support of your application (e.g., your personal tutor or thesis supervisor). Your proposed PhD supervisor should not be included as a referee. You are encouraged to share this guidance with your two referees, with particular emphasis on the recommendation to use ‘they/them’ language (instead of gender pronouns).
  4. To be considered for the President’s PhD Scholarship program, you must choose this option in the funding section of the additional questions tab within the online application form.

Application stages

Applications will undergo a two-stage review process:

  1. Candidates who meet or are expected to meet the eligibility criteria will undergo an initial review by the department to which they have applied. Departments will select a shortlist of the most exceptional candidates to present to the Imperial College Selection Panel for further evaluation.
  2. The final decision will be made by the Imperial College Selection Panel, composed of the Vice-Provost (Research) and the Faculty Vice-Deans for Research. This Panel will assess shortlisted candidates from all faculties and award scholarships to those who exhibit the highest potential.

Successful candidates will receive written confirmation of their scholarship. Any offer of a PhD placement will be contingent upon a final interview with the department and, if applicable, the candidate achieving the predicted qualifications.

Applicants who are not selected for the scholarship will automatically be considered for the PhD program.

 

Assessment criteria

Candidates are evaluated by the Faculties and the College Selection Panel based on the following criteria:

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

Successful candidates will receive written confirmation of their scholarship. However, it’s important to note that any offer of a PhD placement will be subject to the candidate attaining the predicted qualifications.

Timelines:

  1. Applicants who submit their applications by 23:59 (UK time) on 6 November 2023 and are granted a scholarship will be notified by the end of January 2024.
  2. Applicants who submit their applications by 23:59 (UK time) on 8 January 2024 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by the end of March 2024.
  3. Applicants who submit their applications by 23:59 (UK time) on 4 March 2024 and are granted a scholarship will be notified by the end of May 2024

Method of Application

Before You Apply:

  • You are required to have established contact with an academic supervisor in one of Imperial College London’s academic departments who has agreed to oversee your research project.
  • Please note that each supervisor can only oversee one scholar at a time. For more details, refer to the President’s PhD Scholarships – Unavailable Supervisors page.

Application Process: 

  • There is no separate scholarship application form. You should complete your application for admission to study at Imperial through our online admissions system.
  • Your department will then nominate you for the scholarship based on your academic excellence and potential.

Below, you will find scholarship-specific instructions for the admissions process. Additionally, please ensure that you meet any additional application requirements specified by your chosen department.

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