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Harold Moody PGR Studentships 2023/24

Subject areas:

Any MPhil/PhD degree programme within the Faculties of Arts & Humanities or Social Science and Public Policy

Funding type:

Tuition fee. Bursary. Bench Fees / Research Training & Support Grant.

Awarding body:

Centre for Doctoral Studies.


United Kingdom.

Application for the 2023/24 intake are now closed. This page is held here for information only. Details on the (2024/25) intake will be announced later in the academic year.

Award details



The scheme offers full financial support and a  skills development programme.

  • Duration: 4 years Full-time or 7 years Part-time
  • Number of available awards: 4
  • Awards are available for the 2023/24 academic year only (all three entry points)


28 November 2022 at 2 pm - 3 pm (UK time)

An online workshop will be held on to support applicants interested in applying to the scheme.

08 January 2023

(23:59 UK time)

Deadline to submit an admissions application for a suitable MPhil/PhD via King’s Apply, to include the following:

  • funding code 2324-THM
  • a completed ‘Harold Moody PGR studentships project form’

22 January 2023

(23:59 UK time)

Deadline for references and all other required supporting documentation, such as transcripts, and certificates to be received by Admissions.

26 February 2023

(23:59 UK time)

Deadline to submit a short statement of support from the proposed supervisor.

12 March 2023

(23:59 UK time)

Deadline to secure an admission offer.

Early May 2023

Announcement of decisions.

Applicants must be able to secure an admission offer for their chosen MPhil/PhD programme at King's College London by no later than 12 March 2023 (UK time). It normally takes around 8-weeks for admissions applications to be processed and offers to be made, so it is strongly advised that applications are submitted in advance of the 8th of January 2023 deadline. 

Award value

The studentship covers:

  • Tuition fees at home level
  • An annual stipend (living allowance): at the UKRI rate (for the year 2022/23, this was set at £19,688), (pro-rata for part-time registration)
  • Research costs: up to £1,000 per annum (pro-rata for part-time registration)

Eligibility criteria

The Harold Moody PGR Studentships are only open to students applying for a PhD at King's College London in either of the following two 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 studentships.

Application process

Application deadline: 08 January 2023, 23:59 UK time

Steps on How to Apply:

  1. Refer to our ‘How to apply: Research courses’ page for general guidance on how to find and apply for a doctoral degree at King’s. Please ensure that you are fully aware of the entry requirements for your chosen programme before applying.
  2. Submit an admissions application to King’s College London for a full-time or part-time MPhil/PhD degree programme with a 2023-24 start date (i.e., from the 1st of October 2023) using the King’s online admissions application system – King’s Apply*

*If you have already submitted an application via King’s Apply for an MPhil/PhD degree at King’s that meets the eligibility criteria, you do not have to reapply, but please follow the step 3 and 4.

  1. On the ‘Funding’ Section of your King’s Apply application, you MUST tick the box at item 5 (Award Scheme Code or Name) and enter the funding code: 2324-THM (Please copy and paste the code exactly!). This funding code must be added as soon as possible and by no later than the application deadline of 08 January 2023 (23:59 UK time).

If you submitted your admissions application before including the funding code, simply log back into King’s Apply to update the ‘Funding’ section of your application. If you experience any problems with this, please contact the admissions office via the messaging section of your application for assistance.

  1. As soon as possible and by no later than the application deadline on the 08 January 2023 (23:59 UK time), complete a separate 'Harold Moody PGR studentships project form', and attach this to the ‘Funding’ Section of your application on King’s Apply, using the ‘File Upload’ option at the bottom of the page; under the ‘Document Category’ dropdown menu select ‘Sponsorship Document’.
  2. You must ensure your admissions application includes all required documentation such as, references, research proposal and educational qualification documents by no later than 22 January 2023 (23:59 UK time).
  3. As soon as possible and by no later than the deadline of 26 February 2023 (23:59 UK time) upload a short statement of support from the proposed supervisor. The statement of support should be on letter-headed paper with the supervisor’s signature. Please add this to your application by attaching it via a message on King's Apply, which you can do via the View & Send Messages tab. Please attach the letter of support to the ‘Research Proposal’ section using the ‘File Upload’ option at the bottom of the page.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who fail to input the correct funding code and upload a completed Harold Moody PGR studentships project form, as instructed in steps 3 and 4, will not be considered, so it is vital that the instructions are followed correctly.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure references are submitted to the portal by the application deadline. Applicants should therefore apply well in advance of the deadline and contact referees to let them know that King’s will be requesting a reference from them.

IMPORTANT: to be considered for this studentship, applicants must secure an admission offer by no later than 12 March 2023 (23:59 UK time). Only those who meet the eligibility criteria and who have applied as instructed and in time for the studentship will be considered.

Please note:

  • Students who have already commenced their doctoral degree at King’s are not eligible. 
  • Distance learning programmes are not eligible.
  • MD(Res) programmes and professional doctorate degrees (such as DClinPsy) are not eligible.
  • Joint PhD programmes are not eligible.

Application forms

  • Harold-moody-pgr-studentships-project-form 2023_24 (0.07 MB)

    Selection process

    After the deadline of 08 January 2023 (23:59 UK time), applicants who have applied correctly and secured an admission offer by 12 March 2023 (23:59 UK time) will be considered for the studentship.

    Information and documentation provided via the online admissions application will be used to determine applicant eligibility as well as to consider the strength of an application and suitability for the studentship scheme.

    All applications that are deemed eligible will be circulated to a panel for assessment.

    Ineligible candidates will not be reviewed by the assessment panel and those who do not already hold an admission offer may have their admissions application returned as unsuccessful via King’s Apply.

    Decisions will be announced early May 2023.


    For any questions relating to this scheme, please get in touch with the Centre for Doctoral Studies at


    Student Testimonial

    Sylvie C,  PhD

    "I'd heard about the reputation of King's from various people. And how it's positioned in regards to first class research is what attracted me to study here.

    I chose my postgraduate programme because I was passionate about my research topic. I was disheartened by the lack of diversity and decision making of content coming from the Black community. This PhD will hopefully, help me to challenge monolithic views and provide some evidence that people can use to support the change they want to see.

    I would not have been able to do the PhD without this funding. Point, blank period!

    When I approached my supervisor she mentioned the Harold Moody funding scheme.

    The advice I would give to a prospective student looking to apply for this funding would be, go and put yourself forward. Don't question if you're the right candidate, or let imposter syndrome creep in. Know that you deserve to be here doing your project."


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