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UCL Graduate Research Scholarships in UK 2021

University College London welcomes applications for the UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) with the aim of attracting high-quality candidates to undertake research in 2021.

Up to 25 UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) are obtainable yearly to prospective and present UCL research candidates from any nation.

Worth of Award

  • The scholarship awards is comprised of fees equivalent to the standard postgraduate UK/EU rate (2020/21: £5,314 – tbc) with a maintenance allowance (2020/21: £17,432 – tbc) for full-time study (benefits are computed ‘pro rata’ for part-time candidates). The scholarship award also includes extra research costs of up to £1,200 each year for the stated length of the program.
  • Awards are typically tenable for years 1, 2, and 3 of a full-time research degree program (or years 1-5 of a part-time program), subject to yearly appraisal and renewal.
  • Where candidates are undertaking combined four-year doctoral programs, the award will be stretched out to the final year of study.
  • If awarded, funding starts at the beginning of the next academic year.

Eligibility for UCL Graduate Research Scholarships

Candidates for the UCL Graduate Research Scholarships have to be:

  • A recipient of an offer of admission to, or presently enrolled at, UCL on a full- or part-time research program and;
  • – a holder of or expecting to attain a minimum of an upper second-class Honours UK undergraduate degree or equal qualification.
  • While present students may put in for the award, those entering their third year of research will normally only be given consideration for funding in exceptional cases.
  • Please be aware that Online, Non-resident PhDs and Professional Doctorate candidates are not at the moment eligible for this scholarship program.
  • Scholarship awards are granted on the basis of academic excellence and research prospect. Financial circumstances are not taken into consideration.

How to Apply for UCL Graduate Research Scholarships

So as to apply for UCL Graduate Research Scholarships, you are required to complete the following steps:

Step 1 – Apply for admission to UCL

  • These instructions apply to prospective candidates – current candidates already enrolled on their research degrees can go ahead directly to Step 2.
  • You are required to submit a complete application for admission onto a research degree program by the stated closing date.
  • You are not required to have gotten an offer of admission at UCL before you can submit an application for the scholarship award, but you need to have submitted your admission application.

Step 2 – Forward your scholarship award application documents to your department

The compulsory documents are as follows:

  • Research Scholarship award cover sheet (download the Research Scholarship award cover sheet) *Using Firefox or Internet Explorer is advised
  • CV – Please ensure your CV is current and lists all publications, past/present prizes, awards and scholarships.
  • A lay abstract of your research proposal, on a Word or PDF document (not more than 200 words). The proposal must be written by you, not your supervisor or any other academic staff of department.
  • Academic transcripts – Please make sure that every academic transcript submitted has clarification on the grading scale/range of grades attainable for that degree program.
  • 2 References – Reference number 1 must relate to your most recently concluded university program/degree (or the one you are planning to complete, if relevant) and can be the same referee who put in a reference as part of your application for admission.
  • Reference number 2 must relate to your present or intended research program/project, for which you are applying for funding. This reference is required to be provided by your research supervisor at UCL. If you are an intending student and your supervisor has not yet been assigned, please get in touch with your department to verify who your UCL supervisor will be.

Application Deadline

You are required to apply for admission and submit the additional details to your department no later than Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Please note that some academic departments decide their own closing dates which may be earlier than this date, so ensure you check with them directly.

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