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Phd Research Degrees

Funding for PhD Research Degrees

There are a number of funding schemes available. Some cover both stipend (to cover living costs) and College fees, while others may cover fees only.

King’s College London and the Department of Physics have several funding sources for PhD studentships available. The main studentships are listed below. Please note that many other studentship schemes are available and you are encouraged  to refer to the King’s Graduate Study web-pages which provide a comprehensive database of funding schemes.Please note that each funding scheme has specific eligibility requirements. For further details on the Centre for Doctoral Studies administered postgraduate research degree (PGR) funding

 

PhD applications submitted before the 16  March 2016 deadline will be automatically considered for a DTG studentship. No separate application form is required.

Details of the PhD Opportunities. Further details of potential supervisors and research areas available can be found on the Group page.  

 

  Tuition Fees

Information about our tuition fees is available.

EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant Studentships

Applicants wishing to be considered for an EPSRC DTA award should apply no later than the Spring 2018  to either Biological Physics & Soft Matter, Photonics & Nanotechnology or the Theory & Simulation of Condensed Matter group. All PhD applicants are automatically considered  for this awards when they apply to KCL Physics Department. No separate application form is required.

For further information and full eligibility requirements see www.epsrc.ac.uk

Eligibility

To be eligible for a full studentship (stipend plus fees), applicants must be a UK resident for a period of 3 years immediately prior to the date of application. Residents of other member states of the European Union are eligible for fees-only awards. Applicants from outside the European Union are not eligible for support from the EPSRC DTA grant.

 

STFC

Applicants wishing to be considered  for an STFC studentship should apply as soon as possible.

All PhD applicants are automatically considered for this award when they apply to the KCL Physics Theoretical particle physics & Cosmology Group. No separate application form is required. 

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for a full studentship (stipend plus fees), applicants must be a UK resident for a period of 3 years immediately prior to the date of application for an award. Residents of other member states of the European Union are eligible for fees-only awards. Full criteria is available at the STFC website and the KCL Department of Physics will check all applicants for eligibility.

College Funding Options - Centre for Doctoral Studies administered postgraduate research degree (PGR) funding

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 King’s Graduate Study web-pages which provide a comprehensive database of funding schemes.Please note that each funding scheme has specific eligibility requirements. The main studentships are listed below.

 

King's-China Scholarship Council PhD Studentship (CSC)

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 2016-17, 10 scholarships will be offered as part of this scheme.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 29 JANUARY 2016 17:00 GMT

Eligibility

Applicants MUST:

  • Be due to commence a full-time MPhil/PhD research degree programme at King’s College London during the 2015/16 academic year, OR be in the first year of a full-time MPhil/PhD research degree programme at King's College London during the 2016/17 academic year;
  • Be citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application (applicants from Hong Kong or Taiwan are not eligible);
  • Not be currently working abroad;
  • Agree to return to China at the end of the period of study;
  • Have submitted all the required application materials by the funding deadline (as instructed in the ‘Application Process’ section below);
  • At the point of application to the Centre for Doctoral Studies, hold an unconditional offer, OR a conditional offer which is based solely on the completion of a current degree programme, of admissions for an MPhil/PhD programme at King’s College London, or be a current first year MPhil/PhD research degree student;
  • By the Centre for Doctoral Studies application deadline of 17:00 GMT, 30 January 2016, have met the English language requirements for their chosen research programme;
  • Also follow the separate local application procedure within China and submit the required documentation to the China Scholarship Council (CSC) by its stated deadlines (see http://www.csc.edu.cn for further details); and satisfy the selection criteria set out by the CSC.

For further details see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/kcsc.aspx

King's India Scholarships

Eligibility criteria

  • Open to residents of the following countries
    India
  • Open to applicants from India applying to study in any of the Health Schools (one scholarship), India Institute (one scholarship), Natural & Mathematical Sciences (one scholarship).
  • Applicable subjects
    Physics, Medicine and health related studies, Mathematics, Informatics, Health sciences, Chemistry, All Subjects that fall within the remit of the King's India Institute

Application details

Applications may be submitted
from
08-Dec-2015 until 01-Mar-2016

Information about the funding
King's has recently announced support for a number of new PhD scholarships for international students wishing to commence their research programmes in 2016-17.

Value of award
covers international fees, bench fees (at £5K) where applicable & stipend

Application procedure

  • All applicants who have submitted an admissions application by the 1 March and meet the eligibility criteria stated will be considered by their academic Faculty/department.
  • Faculties/departments will be asked to nominate their chosen candidates to a central selection panel by 25 March 2016.
  • Following the central selection panel decisions, outcomes will be announced by end of April 2015 at the latest.

For more information see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/graduate/funding/database/index.php?action=view&id=599
International PhD Scholarships

King's has announced support for a number of PhD scholarships for international students wishing to commence their research programmes in 2016-17.

The scholarships listed below will require applicants to complete the following application procedure:

  • King's Accession Scholarship
  • King's Canada Scholarship
  • King's South East Asia Scholarship

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 30 JANUARY 2016 17:00 GMT

 

For more information see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/intpgr.aspx

King's-HKU Joint PhD Scholarship
  • Open to residents of the following countries
    Hong Kong, China
  • Open to applicants from China applying to study for a Joint PhD with HKU in the departments of Comparative Literature, English, Film Studies, History, Music, Geography, War Studies, Linguistics Language Discourse & Communications, Mathematics, Physics, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, China Institute and research divisions of Women’s Health, Asthma, Allergy & Lung Biology (AALB), Genetics & Molecular Medicine, Immunology Infection & Inflammatory Disease (IIID), Transplantation Immunology & Mucosal Biology.
  • Application details

    Applications may be submitted
    from
    08-Dec-2014 until 01-Mar-2016

    Information about the funding
    King's has recently announced support for a number of new PhD scholarships for international students wishing to commence their research programmes in 2016-17.

    Value of award
    International fees, bench fees (at £1.5K) where applicable & stipend

    Application procedure
    • All applicants who have submitted an admissions application by the 1 March 2015 and meet the eligibility criteria stated will be considered by their academic Faculty/department.
    • Faculties/departments will be asked to nominate their chosen candidates to a central selection panel by 25 March 2015.
    • Following the central selection panel decisions, outcomes will be announced by end of April 2015 at the latest.

For more information see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/graduate/funding/database/index.php?action=view&id=592

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) scheme
The Department usually allocates 2-4 GTSs per academic year. As GTSs combine research studies with a limited amount of practical teaching, their length is of up to 4 years, starting from the date of enrolment.
 
These posts provide an exciting opportunity to both study an MPhil/PhD programme and gain valuable experience as a teaching assistant, as well as taking advantage of training and development opportunities along the way.
  Eligibility

For 2018/19, the Department of Physics is expecting to offer two Home/EU GTA posts.

Applicants should meet the standard MPhil/PhD entry requirements and have an interest in degree-level teaching.

The post holder will need to be registered as an MPhil/PhD student within the Department of Physics.  Note that a separate application must be made to apply for the MPhil/PhD programme.
Application process

The post holder will need to be registered as an MPhil/PhD student within the Department of Physics.  Note that a separate application must be made to apply for the MPhil/PhD programme:  click here for further details on how to apply for the programme.

Further details
Training and mentoring in teaching and learning in higher education will be provided, and successful candidates will be required to undertake the King's Learning Institute's Preparing to Teach course and Enhancing Academic Practice module.  There is also the opportunity to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education.

 

Stipend & Salary

As a GTA, you will receive a total combined stipend and salary award of £16,553 per annum. Note that this is split into two parts: a stipend of £13,553 per year and a salary of £3000 per year.  Your tuition fees (EU/Home or Overseas), will be paid by the School for up to four years from enrolment on your MPhil/PhD programme.

In return, you will be expected to undertake an average of six hours of teaching-related activity per week throughout the year, as well as completing the required training and development opportunities outlined above. Receipt of this stipend and salary is subject to you undertaking teaching duties for the duration of your MPhil/PhD studies.

 Project PhD studentships

There maybe some fully funded studentships associated with specific funded research projects. You should check the relevant Research Group webpages for such vacancies. Specific conditions vary for each project. The applications should be made on-line via https://myapplication.kcl.ac.uk/ quoting the name of the prospective supervisor.

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