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International PhD Scholarships

King's College London is one of the world's leading research institutions with a diverse research community producing internationally recognised work. King's and the Centre for Doctoral Studies are dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing top international postgraduate research talent to study alongside our renowned academic supervisors. 

If you are interested in a postgraduate research degree (MPhil/PhD) at King's. there are a range of funding opportunities for international postgraduate researchers at King's, including: 

  • Joint PhD Programme Funding
  • King's China Council Scholarships 
  • Africa International PGR Scholarships 
  • PGR International Studentships

You can learn more about these opportunities below. You can also access our postgraduate funding database to search all currently open funding competitions at King's.

Postgraduate Funding Database

Joint PhD Scholarships

Three scholarships are available for the 2021/22 academic year for students applying to joint PhD programmes run in collaboration with the University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore or the University of Sao Paulo, with King's as their home institution. 

The King's Joint PhD Scholarship provides full tuition fees, stipend and an annual research grant.

Download the guidance for the 2022/23 Joint PGR Scholarships.

Find out more about the Joint PhD Programmes available at the National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong, and University of Sao Paolo by visiting the International Education webpage.


  • Applications close 01 April 2022


King’s-China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarship programme (K-CSC) 2022-22

King's College London and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) hold an agreement to jointly fund PhD students to pursue research degrees at King's College London.

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

Up to 100 K-CSC scholarship awards will be available for the 2022-23 competition.

Please be aware that students funded through this scheme must abide by any additional terms and conditions set by the CSC. Scholars will be required to enter into a legally binding agreement with the CSC before they are able to take up the scholarship. If there are any significant developments that could affect/hamper a scholar's expected completion of the PhD, scholars are advised to get in touch with the Education Section in the Chinese Embassy.

Applications close 04 January 2022.

Find full details on the KCL Funding Database.

  • Applications close 04 January 2022


Africa International PGR Scholarships 2021-22

Do you have research interests that relate to Africa?

Could you take an interdisciplinary approach to your research?

Applications are invited from international students from Africa for three full scholarships to undertake a full-time PhD at King’s College London starting in 2021/22. Funding is available for up to 4 years.

The topic of the PhD must clearly be relevant to the continent of Africa.

Find out more details about the scholarship criteria and application details on the PG Funding Database.

  •  Application deadline 30 June 2021 (23:59 GMT)


PGR International Studentships

King's College London offers a limited number of International Studentships on an annual basis to support doctoral studies. The scholarships are open to new applicants who are on the international fee rate, and they normally provide funds to cover the international tuition fees, living stipend, and research costs.

2021/22 PGR International Studentships:

Nine studentships are available to support international students for MPhil/PhD study in any of our King's Health Faculties or Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences. Must start in June 2022.

Deadline to apply: 01 October 2021

Find out more details on the PG Funding Database.


  • Application deadline 01 October 2021 (23:59 GMT)