- A number of studentships each year are fully funded (fees and stipends) by EPSRC. This EPSRC funding is open only to UK and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of the course. More specifically the student must:
- Have settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay, AND
- Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences), AND
- Have not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (this does not apply to UK or EU nationals).
- UK students will receive the fully funded, four-year studentship. The studentships provide for PhD fees at the host institution and a stipend set at national rates (current stipend for 2019/2020 is £15,009 and is adjusted annually).
- EU applicants will receive EPSRC funding for the fees only. The government has announced that EU nationals will remain eligible for research council studentships for the 2020/21 academic year on the same basis as is available at present.
- Some studentships will be funded via other routes which will have different residency requirements and may be available to non-UK or EU applicants as well.
- Non-UK students meeting the academic requirements are also welcome to apply if they are able to self-fund the 4 year programme.