Scholarship Overview

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: Imperial College London
  • Funded by: President’s PhD Scholarship
  • Tuition Type: Full tuition
  • Degree Program: PhD
  • Scholarship Amount: Full funding, £25,150 (2024-25 rate) per annum, etc
  • Separate Application Required?: Not needed
  • Deadline: 1 August, 2024.

Scholarship Benefits

The 50 scholarships on offer include the following benefits over the course of 3.5 years of study:

  • Complete coverage of tuition fees
  • An annual living cost stipend set at £25,150 for the 2024-25 academic year
  • An annual allowance of £2,000 for consumables for the initial three years of study
  • A custom selection of opportunities and events organized by the Graduate School

In addition, you will gain access to Imperial’s comprehensive support services for postgraduate students. This includes specialized assistance for both international and disabled students, as well as a broad array of professional skills courses provided by the Graduate School.


This prestigious award demands exceptional eligibility criteria, seeking applicants with outstanding academic records and significant research promise.

  • Applications are welcomed from highly skilled individuals from Imperial College London, across the UK, and globally, without nationality constraints.
  • Eligible for both full-time and part-time study, applicants should anticipate receiving or already possess a first-class or equivalent qualification in an undergraduate or integrated master’s degree. Alternatively, for those yet to achieve it, evidence of exceptional performance leading to a distinction in a standalone master’s degree is required. 
  • Applicants who have only completed an undergraduate degree or integrated master’s must be expecting or have secured a first-class or equivalent. This opportunity is exclusively available for new PhD candidates. 

Those already enrolled in a PhD program at Imperial are not qualified for the President’s PhD Scholarship.

How to apply

Prior to applying, it’s imperative that you establish contact with a potential supervisor within an academic department at Imperial College London who is willing to oversee your research project. Be aware that supervisors can only mentor one scholar at a time. For further details, please consult the President’s PhD Scholarships – Unavailable Supervisors page.

Application Process

There is no separate application form exclusively for the scholarship.

To apply, you should proceed with your admission application via the online admissions system at Imperial. Your department will nominate you for the scholarship, considering your academic excellence and potential.

Below are the scholarship-specific guidelines for the admission procedure, and it’s crucial to also adhere to any additional requirements set by the department you’re applying to.

Steps to apply


When the application requests a personal statement, your submission should be a document of two pages:

On the first page, present your personal statement detailing your reasons for applying to Imperial and the scholarship, as well as any supplementary information not already included in the application that could strengthen your candidacy.

Step 2:

The second page should outline your proposed research. If you are shortlisted for the scholarship by your department, you may provide revised versions of this document. It is advisable to use first-person narrative in your writing.

Step 3:

Regarding the request for two academic referees, these referees should be individuals capable of providing an academic endorsement for your application, such as your personal tutor or thesis advisor. Do not list your potential PhD supervisor. You are advised to share these instructions with your referees, emphasizing especially the use of gender-neutral language, such as ‘they/them,’ in their references.

To ensure your application is considered for the President’s PhD Scholarship scheme, you must select this funding option under the ‘additional questions’ tab’s funding section within the online application form.

Additional Information

For the academic year of 2024–25, the earliest possible commencement date for funded positions is August 1, 2024, while the final date to start is November 1, 2024.

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