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Funding your PhD

The Department of Chemistry currently has a growing number postgraduate research students, all of whom hold studentships or grants of various types. Potential PhD students, who are interested in funding opportunities, should enter the following funding code into the Funding section of the PhD application form to indicate that they are seeking funding and are encouraged to contact their chosen PhD supervisors to discuss funding opportunities, once they have received an offer from the College.

Funding Code: StChem

The Schemes below are an example of several funding options available. Some cover both stipend (to cover living costs) and College fees, while others may cover fees only. Please note that other schemes are available to you and we do encourage you to refer to the Kings Graduate Study web-pages which provide a more comprehensive database of funding schemes and their eligibility criteria. 


Funded PhDs in Chemistry

There may be some fully funded studentships associated with specific funded research projects. The department advertises all funded PhDs on and our Current PhD Opportunities page; please check regularly for updates.

NMS Faculty Studentships

The Faculty of Natural & Mathematical sciences will offer NMS Faculty Studentships (NMSFS) to start in September/October 2019. NMSFS will be available in the Departments of Chemistry, Informatics, Mathematics and Physics.

The Studentship is funded for 3.5 years, with a bursary starting at the standard research council rate, and which will cover the full cost of Home/EU tuition fees. 

College Funding Options

These studentships are available to graduate applicants across King's College London so there may be a lot of competition for them.

You are encouraged to refer to the Kings Graduate Study web-pages which provide a comprehensive database of funding schemes. Please note that each funding scheme has specific eligibility requirements.

  • The London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme (LIDo)

The London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo) is one of the largest BBSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK.

LIDo is an exciting collaboration between UCL, King's College London, Queen Mary, Birkbeck, Royal Veterinary College and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, six of London’s world-class universities and specialist institutions. This unique consortium provides students with a remarkable opportunity to pursue innovative interdisciplinary research projects in the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant cities.

This is a 4-year programme, which is aimed at graduates with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary research, from a wide range of academic backgrounds including biological, biomedical, veterinary, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical disciplines.

  • The Francis Crick Institute

The Crick PhD programme, which is designed to attract the brightest scientific minds from around the world, presents a fabulous opportunity for highly motivated and exceptionally talented individuals to embark on their career in biomedical research.

Centre for Doctoral Studies

The Centre for Doctoral Studies helps secure funding for students interested in postgraduate research by providing advice on and administering a range of funding opportunities, scholarships, and studentships. 

  • Kings China Scholarship

King's College London and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) signed an agreement in April 2009 to jointly fund PhD students to pursue research degrees at King's. The agreement was signed by Professor Rick Trainor, Principal of King's, and Li Jianmin, Deputy Secretary-General, China Scholarship Council, in Beijing.

As part of the agreement, successful applicants will receive a scholarship that covers the tuition fee and an annual living allowance that includes: overseas student health cover, a return airfare to London and visa application fees.

For more information please see the Prospectus

  • King's International PGR Scholarships

Funding for international students who are planning to undertake a postgraduate research degree (MPhil/PhD) at King's College London. This is open to all nationalities (except UK/EU) and applicants must be classified as overseas fee status.

More information can be found on the King's Postgraduate funding page.

  • Joint PhD Programmes

This year the Centre for Doctoral studies has three Joint PhD scholarships available with international partner universities. Please see below for more information.  

Kings-NUS Joint PhD Scholarship

Kings-USP Joint PhD Scholarship

Kings-HKU Joint PhD Scholarship



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