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Funding & Scholarships

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. 

Please note we are not able to advise on funding for Master's programmes, please contact the Student Funding Office for guidance.

King's Postgraduate Funding Database

For a comprehensive look at all the funding opportunities available to postgraduate research students, current and prospective students can search and view all available funding at King's College London on our postgraduate funding database.

Scholarships and Joint PhD funding

For information on specific funding schemes & scholarships administered by the Centre for Doctoral Studies, click the links below:

International Scholarships and Sponsorships

King’s College London has a number of agreements with external sponsors and funding partners that are open to international students.

For more information on all these international funding schemes and scholarships and to see if you are eligible please see our international student research funding webpage.

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.


Funding to support Joint PhD Programmes

These scholarships are available 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.

Application deadline: 01 April 2022

Visit the Postgraduate Funding Database for more details.

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.

Africa International PGR Scholarships 

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. 

For full details on eligibility criteria and the application process, please visit the PGR Funding Database.

Applications will close on 18 March 2022.

King's China Council Scholarships

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 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 are available for the 2022-23 competition.

Applications close 04 January 2022.

For full details, please visit the Funding Database.

Funded PhD Opportunities in Science & Engineering

The Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership at King’s College London offers PhD Research Studentships across the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences and the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, particularly in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences.

For more information please visit the website.

King's A*STAR PhD Studentships

The A*STAR and King’s College London Studentships are fully-funded awards; this includes tuition fees, stipend and bench fees/allowances.

Students recruited to these studentships must spend a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of 24 months at an A*STAR Research Institute with the named A*STAR supervisor on each project as part of the research and training programme.

Applications are now open; the deadline to apply is Sunday 10 April 2022 (midnight).

Find out more information by visiting the website or the Postgraduate Funding Database.


Harold Moody PGR Studentships 2022/23

King’s College London and the Centre for Doctoral Studies are offering four studentships to support underrepresented communities within postgraduate research students in two faculties.

The studentship covers:

  • Tuition fees at home level

  • An annual stipend (living allowance): at the UKRI rate (for the year 2021/22, this was set at £17,609), (pro-rata for PT registration)

  • Research costs: up to £1,000 per annum (pro-rata for PT registration)

Eligibility criteria

Applying for PhD, at KCL in the following Faculties:

Applicants must be UK-permanent residents who are liable for fees at the home rate and identify as one of the following ethnic groups (as identified by the applicant in the admissions application):

  • Black British, Black or Black British African, Black or Black British Caribbean, Black or Black British other or Mixed Black.

If you identify as being of Black or Mixed-Black ethnicity, you are warmly invited to apply for one of these scholarships. 

Application deadline 27 March 2022.

For full details please visit the PG Funding Database.


For information on cohort-based training in King's Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), please visit our Doctoral Training Partnerships webpage.

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