Funding and eligibility

The stipend

  • Studentships cover tuition fees and a tax free stipend for the duration of the four-year programme
  • The stipend rate at the University of Nottingham (UoN) and University College London (UCL) for the academic year 2022/23 starts from £17,668 per year
  • Students registered at UCL will receive an additional annual allowance of £2,000 per year
  • The stipend will rise with inflation for 2023/24 for students at UoN and UCL
  • The stipend rate at the SSPC - SFI Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals is €18,500 per year for the duration of the PhD

Eligibility for funding

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council studentships

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) awards are given to students at UoN and UCL. Awards for all students cover UK tuition fees and provide a stipend at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate.

International (including EU) applicants are eligible for UK tuition fees via the EPSRC award; however international fees are substantially higher.

For international/EU students at the University of Nottingham, fee scholarships are available to cover the difference between UK fees and International fees; this means that international/EU students studying at the University of Nottingham will receive full funding (UKRI stipend plus full fees).

International/EU students studying at UCL will have access to the full UKRI stipend and funding for the UK tuition fee rate. For exceptional candidates UCL may cover the remaining tuition fee, but if not this will need to be covered by the student themselves. Please note that the current international fee for UCL is £26,940 per year.

We are able to recruit a limited number of international students to the programme in line with EPSRC guidance (maximum 30% of intake). Due to this cap, we are unable to guarantee places to any/all international applicants.

If you are unsure whether you have UK or International student status, the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) can provide information on tuition fees to help you assess your fee status.


Science Foundation Ireland studentships

Science Foundation Ireland studentships are given to students at SSPC - SFI Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals. Awards for all students covers EU fees only and a stipend in one of the following universities: Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork or University College Dublin.

Studentships are open to UK, EU and non-EU students. Non-EU (international) students will be responsible for covering the difference in international fees. 

For further details on eligibility for SFI studentships, please visit the CDT's page on the SSPC website

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